WNBA Drafts Three Musketeers
CINCINNATI --- Three Xavier seniors were selected Friday in the WNBA Draft. Nicole Levandusky became the first-ever Xavier player chosen in the draft when the Los Angeles Sparks selected her with the 32nd pick overall. The Charlotte Sting used the 34th pick to select Jennifer Phillips. Taru Tuukkanen went to the New York Liberty with the 57th pick overall.
The Sparks finished last season with the best record in the WNBA and held the final pick of each round. Levandusky was taken with the last pick in the second round. The 5-foot-9 guard is the Xavier career record holder for three pointers (304) and steals (376).
First-year Sting head coach Anne Donavan made several trips to Cincinnati to see Xavier play as an Indiana Fever assistant, and obviously thought enough of Phillips to select her with the second pick of the third round. The 6-foot-3 forward holds the Xavier career record with a .574 field goal percentage.
New York used the ninth pick in the fourth round, the Liberty’s first in the draft, to select Tuukkanen. The 6-foot-3 center set Xavier single-season records for points and rebounds in a season as a senior. She finished her career second in scoring (1,785) and third in rebounding (857) in school history.
Xavier was one of five schools with three players selected in Friday’s draft. The others were national champion Notre Dame, Tennessee, Connecticut and Georgia.
The seniors led Xavier to a 31-3 record in 2000-01. The Musketeers won the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament before advancing to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.