April 8, 2010
California Golden Bear guard Alexis Gray-Lawson became the second-ever California Golden Bear to be taken in the WNBA Draft, going in the third round to the Washington Mystics.
Gray-Lawson was selected 30th overall with the 6th pick in the third round. Gray-Lawson was one of four players taken by the Mystics in the 2010 draft. Also headed to Washington's training camp will be Jacinta Monroe of Florida State (1st round), Jenna Smith of Illinois (2nd round), and Shanavia Dowdell of Louisiana Tech (2nd round). The Mystics were 16-18, 4th in the Eastern Conference last season, losing in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Gray-Lawson is only the second player from Cal to be taken in the WNBA Draft. Last season, Ashley Walker was a first-round selection, taken 12th overall by the Seattle Storm.
Gray-Lawson capped off her Cal career by helping to lead the Bears to a WNIT Championship, earning WNIT MVP honors. Gray-Lawson was named the 2010 Frances Pomeroy Naismith winner, an honor awarded to the nation's top player 5 foot 8 or shorter. She was a first team All-Pac-10 honoree and a member of the Pac-10 All Defensive Team. She leaves Cal as the all-time leader in three-point baskets made and as the third leading scorer, amassing 1,982 career points.
"I am very excited," said Gray-Lawson. "I get to play for a new coach and a new system. All of them (the Mystics players) are ACC players, so I am excited to play over there. It feels great to know that I have a chance to play professionally and do the things I have wanted to do since I was little."
Camp will start in the next couple of weeks with the first preseason game slated for Wednesday, May 5 in Washington D.C. against the New York Liberty.
"I am very happy for her" said Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. "Now it is all about camp. For a day, it is very prestigious (to have your name called), but after that it is ending up with the right team in the right camp. Lexi is going to do great wherever she goes. Now she is going to start working out and get ready for it."
The WNBA regular season opens on Saturday, May 15. Rosters for WNBA teams this season will be at 11 players. There are 12 teams in the League. The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2010 season on Saturday, May 15 on the road against the Eastern Conference Champions, Indiana Fever followed by a match up on Sunday, May 16 against the Minnesota Lynx. Washington will host the club's home opener on Friday, May 21, against the New York Liberty.