Lynx select 4 in draft 15 Apr 14

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today selected Duke guard Tricia Liston (12thoverall) and West Virginia center Asya Bussie (15th overall) with their first two picks in the 2014 WNBA Draft. After selecting Duke guard Tricia Liston (12th overall) and West Virgina Center Asya Bussie (15th overall) with their first two picks in the 2014 WNBA Draft, the Minnesota Lynx wrapped up the evening by taking Vanderbilt guard Christina Foggie with the 24th pick and Louisville forward Asia Taylor with the 36th pick.

An Associated Press Third Team All-American and All-ACC First Team performer in 2013-14, Liston led the Blue Devils in multiple categories including scoring (17.2), minutes (31.4), three-pointers (87) and free-throw percentage (.852). The Chicago, Illinois, native finished her collegiate career as Duke’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made (252) and three-point field goal percentage (.459). The 6-1 guard also set the ACC single-season free throw record in 2012-13, shooting 93.1% from the charity stripe. Liston and the Blue Devils finished the 2013-14 season with a record of 28-7 and reached the NCAA Tournament.

The Minnesota Lynx bolstered their frontcourt by selecting West Virginia center Asya Bussie with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft. After a medical redshirt in the 2012-2013 season, Bussie finished her Mountaineer career strong gaining Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention and All-Big 12 First team honors. The 6’4″ center averaged 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, helping lead West Virginia to a 30-5 overall record.  

Foggie claimed the SEC scoring crown in 2013-14 (19 ppg) and was named to the WBCA All-American Honorable Mention and All-SEC First Teams. The 5-9 guard ranks seventh on Vanderbilt’s all-time scoring list (1,743 points) and became Vanderbilt’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (276).  She reached double figures in 85 games in her career, including scoring 20 or more points in 32 games.

Taylor missed all of 2012-13 with an injury but came back in the 2013-14 season and was named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team and was also named Most Improved Player. She helped the Cardinal to an Elite Eight appearance in 2013-14, averaging 10.8 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game.