Lister, Foggie remain in the mix

Christina Foggie prepares to make a move during last week's exhibition game with the Minnesota Lynx.

May 9, 2014

Two cuts down. One to go.

That's the scenario for Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister heading into the weekend as the two former Vanderbilt standouts continue to vie for roster spots with their respected WNBA teams.

Foggie is in camp with the WNBA defending champion Minnesota Lynx and Lister is in camp with the Seattle Storm. Both teams are scheduled to make their final cuts -- and announce their opening-day rosters -- in the next few days.

Foggie and Lister will each have a chance to stregthen their cases for making the roster by delivering strong performances this weekend in their team's exhibition games. (Minnesota is traveling to Orlando, Fla., for a pair of games; Seattle has a scrimmage against Los Angeles on Sunday).

"It's definitely crunch time," said Foggie during a phone interview earlier this week.

Foggie, who was a second-round pick by the Lynx in last month's draft, scored nine points and pulled down four rebounds in her debut with the Lynx on Monday during an exhibition game against the Australian National Team.

After the game, the Lynx made their second wave of cuts, and several players were let go. But Foggie survived.

"I am still here today, so I guess they liked what they saw," Foggie said with a laugh.

Vanderbilt assistant coach Kim Rosamond is traveling to Florida this weekend to see Foggie in action as the Lynx complete their preseason schedule.

Meanwhile, in Seattle, Lister has managed to ride out the Storm so far.

"Things are going well," Lister said during a phone interview this week. "I have made it past two cuts so far, so that's good. ... I am just trying to do whatever they ask me to do, and not worry about any of the other stuff (like making the roster)."

Lister buoyed her chances of making the team by producing a strong showing during a closed scrimmage last week.

"It went well, and I got some pretty good playing time," she said. "It was really about getting a feel for the game (at this level)."

Lister said she has enjoyed her time with the team.

"The coaches have been welcoming and the veteran players have been helpful," she said. "It's been a great experience so far."

NOTE: Foggie and Lister will each miss graduation ceremonies at Vanderbilt on Friday. Foggie was originally planning to fly to Nashville on Friday, but she will instead be in Florida with the Lynx. She said her parents would be attending the ceremonies in her absence.


* Won the SEC scoring title this season after averaging a career-best 19.0 points per game. It was her second SEC scoring title (she also won it as a sophomore).

* Is the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers (276).

* Ranks seventh on the school's all-time scoring list (1,743).

* Scored in double figures in all but two games this season.

* Was a First Team All-SEC selection by AP and was Second Team All-SEC by coaches.
* Named WBCA All-American Honorable Mention.
* Named WBCA Region 3 All-American nominee.

* Shattered the school record for minutes played (4,626).

* Made 129 consecutive starts -- every game of her career.

* Ranks third on the school's all-time lists for assists (591).

* Ranks 10th on the school's all-time scoring list (1,618).

* Led the team in assists this season (144).

 * Named WBCA All-American Honorable Mention.
* Was named espnW's national player of the week on Jan. 12. That same week, she was named the SEC's Player of the Week and the USBWA Player of the Week.



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