USC's Chloe Kerr Signs With WNBA's Phoenix Mercury
April 17, 2007
USC senior center Chloe Kerr has signed on to become another member of the Trojan contingent in the WNBA ranks. The 6-3 standout signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Mercury and is now set to join the Mercury camp this weekend. Kerr is the second USC player to enter the WNBA this season and stands to become the 12th Trojan to play in the WNBA.
Kerr is coming off a strong senior season in which she was the second leading scorer for the 2006-07 Women of Troy behind Shay Murphy, a second-round selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. As USC's starting strength at center, Kerr took the opening tip in all 30 of the Trojans' games as a senior. She scored in every game, including 22 double-digit games and scored in double figures for a run of 14 straight games stretching from last season's NCAA Tournament action. She stood out as the team's second leading scorer (11.9 ppg), second leading rebounder (6.5 rpg) and top blocker (1.5 bpg), ranking No. 5 all-time in career blocks at USC with 139. Kerr also nailed a career-high 25 points -- including an 11-of-11 effort from the free throw line to rank No. 3 all-time in single-game free throw percentage -- against Nebraska, earning her first career honor as Pac-10 Player of the Week. Also a Pac-10 All-Academic honoree for three seasons, Kerr has proven herself an intelligent and well-rounded athlete as she prepares to enter the professional basketball realm.
At least one familiar face already dots the Phoenix Mercury roster as Kerr heads off to camp. Fellow Pac-10 senior Emily Westerberg out of Arizona State was drafted by the Mercury to join the 2007 roster as a rookie.
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