Willis, Blue Selected In First Two Rounds Of WNBA Draft
April 5, 2006
UCLA senior guards Lisa Willis (Long Beach, Calif.) and Nikki Blue (Bakersfield, Calif.) were selected in the first two rounds of the WNBA Draft today in Boston, Mass. Willis was the No. 5 overall pick in the first round by the Los Angeles Sparks, while Blue was the No. 19 overall pick in the second round by the Washington Mystics.
Willis, the all-time Pac-10 steals leader (372) and UCLA's all-time leader in three-point field goals made (256) was a 2006 AP and Kodak/WBCA honorable mention All-American and a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection. This past season, she was selected the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player after setting or tying Tournament records for steals (19 in three games), steals average (6.3) and three-point field goals made (11 in three games). Willis averaged 17.8 points per game as a senior and 14.1 overall in her career. She finished her career ranked ninth on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,677 points.
Blue, this season's Pac-10's assist leader with a 5.91 average, was also a 2006 AP and Kodak/WBCA honorable mention All-American and became only the fifth woman ever to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors four times in her career. She also became the first woman to earn Pac-10 All-Tournament honors four times. Blue averaged 12.5 points per game this season and averaged 15.2 points in her four years. She finished her Bruin career No. 5 in scoring (1,797), No. 2 in assists (602), No. 3 in steals list (325) and No. 2 in made free throws (455). She also finished second on the Pac-10 career list for steals, eighth for assists and 18th in scoring.