Three Big Ten Women's Basketball Players Taken in WNBA Draft
April 9, 2009
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The 2009 WNBA draft witnessed three Big Ten student-athletes taken in the three-round event, including one first-round choice. The conference has had at least three players selected in 12 out of the 13 all-time WNBA drafts and at least two picks in every year. This season’s crop includes Purdue’s Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Danielle Campbell and Minnesota’s Emily Fox.
Wisdom-Hylton was taken as the 13th overall pick in the first round by the Los Angeles Sparks. The 6-2 forward paced the Boilermakers in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage this year. She averaged 13.3 points, 9.2 boards and 1.5 blocks while shooting 50.6 percent from the field. She was second on the team in assists, with 100, and steals, with 89, and leaves with her school’s career records for rebounds and blocked shots.
Wisdom-Hylton’s teammate, Campbell will stay in-state as she was selected by the Indiana Fever with the 32nd overall pick in the third round. The 6-4 center will be joining forces with two-time Purdue All-American Katie Douglas. The Chicago native has her name all over the Boilermakers record books, including fourth for blocked shots, 10th for career free throws made and 11th for career rebounding. Behind Wisdom-Hylton and Campbell, Purdue reached the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship for the second time in three years.
Minnesota’s Emily Fox will remain in the Land of Lakes as she was selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the third round with the 30th overall pick. Fox is an All-Big Ten honoree and finished her career at Minnesota with 1,310 points and 407 assists. The 5-9 guard guided her 10th-seeded Gopher squad to a win over No. 7 seed Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, helping her squad finish the year with a 20-12 overall record.