2022 Player Review: Emily Engstler

Height: 6-1
Position: Forward
Age: 22
Years Pro: 1
College: Louisville
Drafted: By Indiana, first round, 2022 WNBA Draft 4th overall)

Overview: The fourth overall selection in the 2022 WNBA Draft played a pivotal role for the Indiana Fever this season. Emily Engstler averaged 5.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in 35 games played with six starting appearances. Engstler scored in double figures four times, including three consecutive games played earlier in the regular season, and pulled down at least 10 rebounds twice. Her 181 rebounds were the fifth most recorded as a rookie in Fever franchise history and her 51 assists were the ninth most by a Fever rookie. Engstler tied Queen Egbo at 40 blocked shots recorded this season, which was four shy of tying Tamika Catchings’ rookie franchise record for most in a debut season. Because of the WNBA season expanding to the longest regular season in league history, Engstler joined Destanni Henderson and Victoria Vivians as the only players in franchise history to play more than 34 games in a regular season.

Notable Performances:
May 17: In the first starting nod of her career, Engstler played 21 minutes and finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and three assists against the Atlanta Dream.
May 22: Engstler finished with 11 points and seven rebounds against the Connecticut Sun.
May 24: On the road at the Chicago Sky, Engstler tallied her first double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds.
May 27: In a home win against the Los Angeles Sparks, Engstler added 13 points and nine rebounds. For the second game in a row, she pulled down seven offensive rebounds.
August 12: In the final home game of the season, Engstler scored a career-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds and three blocked shots.