Coming off her stellar career with the Wildcats, Kentucky women's basketball senior A'dia Mathies was selected No. 10 overall Monday by the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA Draft.
The 5-foot-11 guard is UK's highest draft pick in school history and the second Wildcat in the last three years to be chosen in the first round, joining Victoria Dunlap (No. 11 in 2011).
In her senior season, Mathies was named the SEC Player of the Year by The Associated Press and Co-SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches. She led the seventh-ranked Wildcats in scoring (16.1 ppg), 3-point field goals made (73) and 3-point field goal percentage (.422), and was second on the team in steals (69) and assists (80).
Mathies led UK to a school-record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including back-to-back Elite Eight appearances the last two years.
“All of us are thrilled for A’dia,” UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “She did so much for the Kentucky program while she as here and we had no doubt she was one of the top players in the country. Being chosen as a first-round pick just shows what she did for us and how hard she has worked to get here. I think the Los Angeles Sparks made a great pick.”
The Louisville native ended her illustrious UK career ranking in the top 10 of 13 career lists, including No. 1 in games played (140), games started (139) and steals (320). She moved ahead of Dunlap in career scoring at No. 2 with 2,014 points, becoming just the fifth player in UK basketball history, men or women, to chart 2,000 or more career points. She joined Valerie Still (2,763, 1979-83), Dan Issel (2,138, 1967-70), Kenny Walker (2,080, 1982-86), Jack Givens (2,038, 1974-78) on that elite list.
The Sparks, coached by former Florida and Ole Miss head coach Carol Ross, begin regular-season play at home in the Staples Center vs. Seattle on Sunday, May 26, at 8:30 p.m. ET.