Louisiana Tech: Pipeline to the WNBA
Simply put ... Louisiana Tech is a training ground for WNBA talent.
With eight former letter winners on WNBA rosters in 2004, Louisiana Tech once again ranked as one of the top collegiate women's basketball programs in producing WNBA players.
In fact Louisiana Tech's number of eight former letterwinners in the WNBA last year ranked No. 3 behind only Tennessee (10) and Georgia (9).
Since the league's inception in 1997, Louisiana Tech has had players selected in seven of the league's nine drafts, including as many as three players chosen in two separate years.
Louisiana Tech's most recent draftee is guard Erica Taylor, who was recently selected in the second round of the 2005 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. Taylor is the 13th Lady Techster chosen in the WNBA Draft.
Not only do Louisiana Tech players get selected by the league's teams, but they all have a knacked for flourishing in the professional ranks. Former Techsters Betty Lennox (2000 Minnesota Lynx) and Cheryl Ford (2003 Detroit Shock) both received WNBA Rookie of the Year honors.
Vickie Johnson (New York Liberty), Teresa Weatherspoon (New York Liberty), Lennox and Ford have all played in at least WNBA All-Star game.
Ford and Ayana Walker were both members of the 2003 Detroit Shock WNBA Championship team while Lennox and Trina Frierson were both members of the 2004 Seattle Storm WNBA Championship team.
"Louisiana Tech has always been a training ground for WNBA players," said Tech head coach Chris Long. "Besides our No.1 goal of graduating our players, we also prepare them for an opportunity to play at the next level.
"A player who comes to this program will not only be playing against some of the best teams in the country, but will also be practicing every day against some of the best players in the country."
Louisiana Tech's current list of WNBA players include: Cheryl Ford (Detroit Shock), Ayana Walker (Detroit Shock), Amisha Carter (Detroit Shock), Betty Lennox (Seattle Storm), Trina Frierson (Seattle Storm), Vickie Johnson (New York Liberty), Teresa Weatherspoon (Los Angeles Spark), Tamicha Jackson (Washington Mystics) and Erica Taylor (Washington Mystics).
A high school player who has aspirations of playing in the professional ranks need look no further than Louisiana Tech.