April 14, 2014
By David Dawson
Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister are about to once again experience Selection Monday. But this one will be different.
Rather than waiting to learn of their NCAA Tournament fate, Foggie and Lister -- along with a host of other college players around the nation -- will be waiting to see if they hear their named called during tonight's WNBA draft (being aired on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.)
Foggie and Lister, who recently closed out their storied and record-breaking careers with the Commodores, are hoping to join a long list of Vanderbilt players who have been taken in the WNBA draft. The list includes Sheri Sam, Chantelle Anderson and current Vanderbilt assistant coach Ashley Earley, among many others.
"It's an honor just to be in consideration," said Foggie, who led the SEC in scoring this season after averaging a career-high 19 points per game. "I feel like we have done all we can at this point ... so now it's just matter of letting the chips fall where they may."
Foggie, who is Vanderbilt's all-time leader in 3-pointers, said she plans to watch the draft in her room, and said she might 'FaceTime' with her parents. She said if she gets drafted, she might go out to dinner with some of her teammates.
"I am more relaxed than I thought I would be," said Foggie with a laugh.
Lister, likewise, is taking a low-key approach, saying she "isn't going to make a big deal out of it."
Foggie and Lister probably feel like they have been in this situation before. Just last month, the two Vanderbilt seniors gathered with the rest of their teammates for the NCAA Selection Show to see if the Commodores would receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
It proved to be a tense night for the Commodores, who did not hear their name called until the final 16-team bracket was revealed.
Lister said tonight's draft might bring out some of those same emotions.
"It's somewhat similar," said Lister, "because in both situations, you don't really know what will happen or what could happen."
There is, however, one huge difference, Lister said.
"If I don't hear my name tonight, that won't be nearly as devastating as it would have been (to be left out of the NCAA Tournament)," said Lister, who is Vanderbilt's all-time career leader in minutes played. "If I don't get drafted, I still have some other options, like playing overseas or other things."
Lister, who started every game (129) of her career at Vanderbilt, recently participated in a WNBA combine in Franklin, Tenn.
"I felt like I was getting recruited all over again," said Lister. "I enjoyed the experience."
Since 1999, Vanderbilt has had 12 players chosen in the WNBA Draft.
1999 Sheri Sam Orlando
2000 Chavonne Hammond Detroit
2002 Zuzi Klimesova Indiana
2002 Jillian Danker Indiana
2003 Chantelle Anderson Sacramento
2003 Ashley McElhiney Indiana
2004 Jenni Benningfield Charlotte
2005 Ashley Earley Indiana
2007 Dee Davis Houston
2007 Carla Thomas Chicago
2009 Christina Wirth Indiana
2009 Jennifer Risper Chicago