Irvin selected third in 2005 WNBA Draft

April 16, 2005

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU women's basketball senior Sandora Irvin was selected third by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2005 Women's National Basketball Association Draft on Saturday. The draft was held at NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J. Picked ahead of Irvin were Minnesota's Janel McCarville, the overall No. 1 selection, and Tan White of Mississippi State by the Charlotte Sting and Indiana Fever.

Irvin is the first Lady Frog in school history to be drafted by a WNBA team. No former TCU student-athletes have competed in the league either. Lady Frogs Tiffany Evans, Kim Ortega, Kati Safaritova and Ebony Shaw are among those who have played professional basketball abroad.

The Mercury's roster is headlined by former UConn Husky great Diana Taurasi, who was named the 2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Phoenix finished last season with a 17-17 record and missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year. The Mercury's first preseason game in 2005 is scheduled for May 10 at Indiana and regular-season action starts May 21 at home against the Sacramento Monarchs.

Irvin received numerous honors this past season, being named to the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team, United States Basketball Writers Association All-America Team and Associated Press All-America First Team. She was chosen as Conference USA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as well. Irvin nabbed a spot on the All-Conference First Team and earned MVP honors for leading the Lady Frogs to the 2005 C-USA Tournament crown.

Irvin finished the 2004-05 season averaging 19.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 2.1 assists and 2.5 steals. She ranked 13th in the nation in scoring, second in rebounding and third in blocked shots. Her 150 blocks fell two shy of tying the NCAA's single-season record.

Irvin owns 10 of TCU's 19 career records including games started (118), field goals made (686), field goals attempted (1,503), free throws made (482), free throws attempted (705), points (1,892), scoring average (14.9), rebounds (1,370), rebounding average (10.8) and blocked shots (480). Her 480 rejections is an NCAA record, as is the 16 she had in one game Jan. 16, 2005, against UAB.



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