Three Pac-10 Players Selected In Draft
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Three Pac-10 women's basketball players were drafted in today's Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft. STANFORD' guard Kayla Pedersen was taken by the Tulsa Shock with the No. 7 overall pick and her teammate Jeanette Pohlen was chosen No. 9 by the Indiana Fever. ARIZONA senior Ify Ibekwe was taken in the second round, as the No. 24 overall pick by the Seattle Storm.
The selections of Pedersen and Pohlen mark the second time that Stanford has had two players picked in the first round of the WNBA Draft. Naomi Mulitauaopele (No. 12, Utah) and Katy Steding (No. 14, Sacramento) both went in the first round of the 2000 WNBA Draft.
Pedersen was the only Cardinal player to rank among the team's top three in scoring (12.6 ppg - third), rebounding (8.0 rpg - second), assists (123 - second), steals (35 - third) and blocks (27 - second). The Fountain Hills, Ariz. native collected All-Pac-10 honors all four years while also being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2008.
Pedersen ended her Stanford career among the best ever. She leaves as both Stanford's and the Pac-10 Conference's all-time leading rebounder, grabbing a total of 1,266 boards. She also goes down as Stanford's all-time leader in minutes played (4,762), games started (149) and shares the school's record for games played (150) with Pohlen. Pedersen's 1,941 career points rank seventh on the Cardinal list, as well.
Pohlen, the only other player to play as many games as Pedersen, enjoyed a breakout 2010-11 season in which she earned All-America recognition from the Associated Press, the USBWA and the John R. Wooden Award. The Brea, Calif. native averaged career highs of 14.5 points and 4.75 assists per game while shooting 41.7 percent from behind the arc and making a Stanford single-season record 96 3-pointers en route to Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-Pac-10 honors. She ends her Stanford career tied with Pedersen atop the games played list with 150, second with 268 3-pointers made and 711 attempted, sixth with 560 assists and 16th with 1,453 points. Pohlen graduates as just the fourth player in Stanford history to record 1,000 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds.
Together, the duo helped lead Stanford to four Final Fours, two national title games, a perfect 63-0 record at Maples Pavilion and an overall record of 137-14 (.907) from 2007-11.
Ibekwe is the sixth Wildcat player to be selected in the WNBA Draft and is Arizona's highest all-time pick at No. 24. Adia Barnes, in the fourth round, was the 32nd pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 1998 draft. The Carson, Calif., native led the Cats in scoring with 16.1 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. She had 14 double-doubles, 25 games in double-digit scoring and 15 games in double-digit rebounding. She was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pac-10 and a member of the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team. Ibekwe ends her career as the only player in Arizona history to record 1,000+ points and 1,000+ rebounds and the only player to average a career double-double (14.3 points, 10.3 rebounds).