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WNBA Draft: Cierra Burdick goes No. 14

By Ben Fredrickson, 04/20/15, 9:00AM EDT


Isabelle Harrison became the first Lady Vol to hear her name called in the 2015 WNBA draft.

The Phoenix Mercury selected the 6-foot-3 forward with the No. 12 pick Thursday, the final selection of the first round.

The two-time AP honorable mention All-American and All-SEC member walked across the stage at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and accepted her new uniform. She became the 34th Lady Vol drafted since the league’s initial elite draft in 1997, and the first Lady Vol selected in the first round since Shekinna Stricklen, Glory Johnson and Kelley Cain were taken in the top seven in 2012.

Harrison paced the Lady Vols with averages of 12.2 points and 8.6 rebounds through 21 games before she suffered a season-ending ACL injury to her right knee during a game against Kentucky on Feb. 15. She ranks sixth in UT history in career double-doubles (31) and became the 39th Lady Vol to score 1,000 points (1,071).

Lady Vols forward Cierra Burdick followed shortly after Harrison. The Los Angeles Sparks drafted the 6-foot-2 forward with the No. 2 pick in the second round, No. 14 overall. Burdick, also an AP honorable mention All-American and first-team All-SEC member, averaged 11 points and 7.6 rebounds during her final collegiate season. She scored 1,072 career points. She joins former Lady Vols star and two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker on the Sparks roster.

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