Emily Westerberg Drafted by Phoenix Mercury
April 4, 2007
Emily Westerberg, the first ever Arizona State women's basketball player to earn All-Pac-10 honors three times and No. 6 on the school's all-time scoring list, was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the third round of the annual WNBA Draft held on Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio, site of the just-completed NCAA Women's Final Four. The Mercury also invited Aubree Johnson to training camp as a rookie free agent.
This year Westerberg, who along with Johnson were co-captains of this year's squad, helped lead the Sun Devils to their first ever appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in addition to helping ASU set single-season school records for most overall wins (31), most Pac-10 wins (16) and most road wins (10). ASU's No. 8 ranking in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll is its highest finish in program history.
Westerberg concluded her Sun Devil career among the school's all-time leaders in several statistical categories including free throws 352 (3rd), free throw percentage (.803, 4th), points (1,340, 6th), field goals (468, 7th) and rebounds (582, 9th). She finished the 2007 campaign first on the team in scoring (13.2 points per game) and second in rebounding (5.0 rebounds per game).
This year Johnson turned in her best season as a Sun Devil, earning All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in her career. She finished the season ranked first on the team and 15th in the Pac-10 in rebounds (5.8 rebounds per game); first on the team and ninth in the Pac-10 in blocks (0.94 bpg); second on the team and fourth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.529); and third on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.800).
Johnson concluded her Sun Devil career sixth on the school's all-time list in rebounds (608) and fourth in blocked shots (69).
In addition to their accolades on the court, Johnson and Westerberg were just as decorated in the classroom, too. Both players, who have been best friends since age 11, were named to the Pac-10's All-Academic team three straight years.