Five Former Pac-10 Players Drafted By WNBA Teams
April 5, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Five former Pac-10 players were selected in the 2007 WNBA Draft Wednesday, led by the No. 4 pick overall, UCLA G Noelle Quinn.
Quinn, the first Pac-10 player selected, went to the Minnesota Lynx in the first round. The Lynx also selected USC G Shay Murphy in the second round as the 15th overall pick and the second Conference player drafted.
In the third round, STANFORD F/C Brooke Smith went to Minnesota as the 23rd pick overall. Smith's teammate F/C Kristen Newlin was drafted by the Houston Comets in the third round as the 34th pick overall. ARIZONA STATE F Emily Westerberg rounded out the Pac-10 contingent as she was taken as the 37th pick by the Phoenix Mercury.
QUINN finished her career as the No. 4 all-time scorer in UCLA women's basketball history with 1,829. She also totaled 794 rebounds (No. 8 on the UCLA career charts) and 450 assists (No. 7 all-time) to become the only UCLA basketball player, man or woman, to record career numbers of 1,800 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists. She earned honorable mention All-America honors the last two seasons and first-team All-Pac-10 acclaim as a freshman, junior and senior, as well as 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.
MURPHY closed her USC career as the all-time leading 3-point shooter at Troy with 181 career threes, and cracked the top-10 in scoring with 1,492 career points. Acknowledged as one of the top collegiate players in the game, Murphy is a versatile and athletic guard who has coupled sharp perimeter shooting with a keen eye for grabbing rebounds. Murphy has tacked up 19 career double-doubles, shining as USC's leading 3-point shooter and top rebounder as a senior to tally 11 double-doubles in her final season as a Trojan.
SMITH is a two-time Associated Press and Kodak/WBCA All-American Honorable Mention selection. Smith ranked second on the squad in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) last year while leading the club with 120 assists. She also scored in double-figures a team-best 28 times, notched five 20-point games and was also named to the All-Pac-10 Tournament team. Smith earned 2007 all-Pac-10 honors for the third time in her Stanford career.
NEWLIN was one of Stanford's most consistent performers all season, ranking fifth in scoring (7.0 ppg) while leading the club in rebounding (7.9 rpg). A 51.1 percent shooter from the field, Newlin also tallied 44 blocked shots and shared the team lead of six double-doubles with Smith. Newlin was the squad's leading rebounder on 17 different occasions, scored in double-figures 10 times and hauled down at least 10 rebounds in a game 11 times.
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). Westerberg became the first Sun Devil ever to earn All-Pac-10 honors three times in her career.
Pac-10 players taken in the 2007 WNBA Draft:
Noelle Quinn (UCLA), first round, 4th overall, Minnesota
Shay Murphy (USC), second round, 15th overall, Minnesota
Brooke Smith (Stanford), second round, 23rd overall, Minnesota
Kristen Newlin (Stanford), third round, 34th overall, Houston
Emily Westerberg (Arizona State), third round, 37th overall, Phoenix
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