Lady Dogs In The WNBA

wnba logoGeorgia basketball has a long and storied history of putting players in the WNBA. The Lady Bulldogs' 21 WNBA draft picks since 1999 ranks No. 4 nationally among collegiate women's basketball programs, while UGA's eight first round selections in the past 17 years is the fifth-best total of any school in the nation. In all, an impressive 41 Georgia players, including recent graduates Shacobia Barbee and Merritt Hempe, have gone on to play professionally, including 25 players who have earned roster spots in the WNBA. Both in 1997 and in 2001, three Lady Bulldogs were picked before any other team in the nation had even two players chosen. In 2003, Deanna "Tweety" Nolan became the first Lady Dog to earn a spot in the WNBA All-Star game and made the most of that opportunity, scoring 15 points. "Tweety" followed up this performance by significantly contributing, along with then Detroit teammate Kedra Holland-Corn, to the Detroit Shock's run through the 2003 WNBA Playoffs and Finals that culminated in winning the 2003 WNBA Title on September 16, 2003. Nolan was named MVP of the WNBA Finals after leading Detroit to its second crown in 2006. In 2007, Kelly Miller became the fourth former Lady Bulldog to earn a WNBA Championship ring as the starting point guard for the Phoenix Mercury.

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