MADISON – On Wednesday, Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson became first Badger women’s basketball player in six years in to be drafted when she was picked 23rd overall in the second round by the Connecticut Sun. She is just the third Badger ever to be drafted into the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and follows in the footsteps of former UW players Tamara Moore and Jessie Stomski who were picked in 2002.
Moore, a 5-11 guard, remains the highest pick from the UW as a first round choice by the Miami Sol, and the 15th pick overall in the 64-person draft. Stomski, a 6-3 forward, was a fourth round pick at No. 57 by the Charlotte Sting.
Anderson is just the fifth Badger ever to play in the WNBA following Moore and Stomski plus Keisha Anderson (Washington Mystiques and Charlotte Sting-2001-2002) and Robin Threatt (Seattle Storm-2001). Keisha Anderson was the only other UW player who was ever drafted and who played in a women’s professional basketball league as the 16th pick in the second round by the American Basketball League (ABL) in 1997. Barb Franke was never drafted but did play one season with the Chicago Condors of the ABL in 1998.
Jolene Anderson became UW’s first Big Ten Player of the Year in 2008 as voted by the media after earning her second-straight Big Ten scoring title totaling 353 points for a 19.6 points per game average in conference only games. She was also named the 2008 Frances Pomeroy Naismith National Player of the Year for 5-8 and under and a 2008 WBCA/State Farm Regional All-American. She had a career-high 42 points vs. Iowa on Jan. 13, 2008, to surpass the UW women’s career scoring record of 1,994. With 2,212 career points she has also surpassed the men’s scoring record of 2,217 to become Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer for men and women. She was UW’s first and the Big Ten’s 12th 2,000-point scorer finished her career ranked fourth in Big Ten career scoring.
Anderson led UW all four years in scoring and rebounding and scored in double figures in 118 of her 123 career games making her the Badger leader in double-figure scoring. She started in every game as a Badger (123 straight games) and is the only UW player to rank among the top 10 in four major career categories: 1st, 2,312 points; 6th, 848 rebounds; 4th, 409 assists; 6th, 242 steals. She earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors three times this season and five times in her career.
Anderson will participate in the WNBA preseason training camp starting April 29. The WNBA season begins its 12th season on with a preseason game on Thursday, May 9, when the Miami Sol meet the Phoenix Mercury at America West Arena in Phoenix.
WISCONSIN’S PROFESSIONAL DRAFTEES
15. Miami-WNBA - Tamara Moore - G/F - 2002
16. Colorado-ABL - Keisha Anderson - G - 1997
23. Connecticut-WNBA - Jolene Anderson - G - 2008
57. Charlotte-WNBA - Jessie Stomski - F - 2002