Monday, April 18, 2005
NEW YORK CITY – University of Alabama women’s basketball standout Monique Bivins was selected 37th overall by the Minnesota Lynx this past weekend at the ninth annual Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft.
Bivins, a senior from Alabaster, Ala., became just the sixth former Crimson Tide player to be drafted by a WNBA squad when her name was called as the 11th pick of the third round. A two-time All-SEC (second team) selection, Bivins was Bama’s leading scorer in each of the past two seasons.
“Something we talked looking for was an athlete with quickness and three-point shooting range, and that's something we feel Monique Bivins brings to the table,” said Lynx head coach Suzie McConnell Serio. “She's kind of a sleeper. Monique is someone who's been a go-to player and a scorer for Alabama in her career, so it's something that she's very comfortable with. But she's someone who can shoot the 'three' -- a little step-back 'three' -- and take players off the dribble. She's a slasher and just really the total package from the perimeter.”
A three-year starter for the Tide, Bivins concluded her collegiate career having played in all 116 games. She averaged 10.1 points per game over her four years and became the 20th player in UA history to surpass 1,000 points in her career on Jan. 30, 2005. An outstanding shooter, Bivins finished her career ranked fifth all-time at Alabama for three-pointers made.
Bivins joins a Lynx squad that finished the 2004 season at 18-16 and participated in the WNBA playoffs. The Minnesota roster includes legendary guard Teresa Edwards from Georgia along with several other former Southeastern Conference standouts like Tasha Butts (Tennessee), Vanessa Hayden (Florida) and Petra Ujhelyi (South Carolina). The Lynx are led by third-year head coach Serio, the reigning WNBA Coach of the Year.
Other University of Alabama women’s basketball players taken in previous WNBA drafts include: LaNisha Cartwell (2002, 33rd overall by Washington Mystics), Shondra Johnson (2002, 42nd overall by Houston Comets), Tausha Mills (2000, 2nd overall by Washington Mystics), Shalonda Enis (1999, 13th overall by Washington Mystics) and Dominique Canty (1999, 29th overall by Detroit Shock).