April 14, 2014
Christina Foggie's dreams came true on Monday night.
The Vanderbilt senior heard her named called in the second round of the WNBA draft -- with the 24th overall pick -- by the 2013 WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.
Foggie was the first player from the talent-rich SEC to be selected.
"I had no idea I would go that high," said an ecstatic Foggie just moments after being picked. "And the first thing I thought of was 'Champions!'"
Foggie -- who is Vanderbilt's career leader in 3-pointers and ranks No. 7 on the program's all-time scoring list -- said her emotions spilled over when she heard her name.
"I just started screaming," she said.
Foggie was 'FaceTiming' with her parents during the draft. But her parent's feed of the broadcast was slightly delayed, which made for a humorous moment.
"I think I ruined it for them," she said with a laugh, "because I started screaming before they even knew what was going on."
After Foggie's name was called with the final pick of the second round, the first four players of the third round all came from the SEC, giving the conference a run of five consecutive picks (from the No. 24 overall selection through No. 28).
Kentucky's DeNesha Stallworth went to the Connecticut Sun, Tennessee's Meighan Simmons was drafted by the New York Liberty, LSU's Theresa Plaisance was taken by the Tulsa Shock and Missouri's Bri Kulas went to the San Antonio Stars.
Foggie recently closed out her record-setting career at Vanderbilt with an outstanding senior season. She led the SEC in scoring -- averaging a career-high 19 points per game -- and scored in double figures in all but two of Vanderbilt's 31 games.
She, along with fellow senior Jasmine Lister, helped the Commodores post 18 wins and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th consecutive season.
Lister was was not selected in Monday night's draft, but she is still likely to continue her career on a professional level. She said on Monday afternoon that she might pursue the possibility of playing basketball overseas if she did not play in the WNBA.
For a full rundown of the draft, click here.
PREVIOUS VU PLAYERS 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