Indiana Fever drafts Kubliņa

Ieva Kubliņa, a 21-year-old student at Virginia Tech, has been drafted by the Indiana Fever of the Women’s National Basketball Association in the United States. She was the 31st player chosen out of 38 in the April 17 draft and was picked in the third round.

The 1.93-meter (6-foot, 4-inch) forward and center hails from Rīga. She attended Trinity Episcopal High School in Richmond, Va., before enrolling at Virginia Tech.

At Virginia Tech, Kubliņa has been a star player. She scored 1,647 points while playing for the Hokies, the third highest career total for the women’s basketball team, according to a press release from the college. Kubliņa also led the team in blocked shots over her career, with a total of 256.

The Indianapolis-based Fever had a 16-18 record in the 2003 season. In 2004, the team’s first preseason game is May 4 against Houston, while the first regular season game is May 21 against New York.

Kubliņa also has played as a member of the Latvian national women’s basketball team.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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