Pedersen, Pohlen go high in the WNBA Draft


Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen concluded their remarkable college basketball careers just over a week ago. Now, both Stanford seniors are ready for the next stage of their hoop lives.

Pedersen and Pohlen took a big step in that next direction after being selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft on Monday. Pedersen was the No. 7 overall pick of the Tulsa Shock while Pohlen went No. 9 to the Indiana Fever.

The selections of Pedersen and Pohlen mark the second time that Stanford has had two players picked in the first round of the WNBA Draft. Naomi Mulitauaopele (No. 12, Utah) and Katy Steding (No. 14, Sacramento) both went in the first round of the 2000 WNBA Draft.

Pedersen and Pohlen became the eighth and ninth WNBA first-round picks out of Stanford, respectively.

One of the most versatile players in the nation over her four years on The Farm, the 6-foot-4 Pedersen was the only Cardinal player to rank among the team's top three in scoring (12.6 ppg – third), rebounding (8.0 rpg – second), assists (123 – second), steals (35 – third) and blocks (27 – second).

The native of Fountain Hills, Ariz., collected All-Pac-10 honors all four years while also being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2008. Along with Pohlen, she was part of the first four-year class in Cardinal history to go undefeated at Maples Pavilion (63-0 in her career) and reach four straight Final Fours.

Pedersen ended her Stanford career among the best ever. She leaves as both Stanford's and the Pac-10 Conference's all-time leading rebounder, grabbing a total of 1,266 boards. She also goes down as Stanford's all-time leader in minutes played (4,762), games started (149) and shares the school's record for games played (150) with Pohlen. Pedersen's 1,941 career points rank seventh on the Cardinal list, as well.

Pohlen, the only other player to play as many games as Pedersen, enjoyed a breakout 2010-11 season in which she earned All-America recognition from the Associated Press, the USBWA and the John R. Wooden Award.

The Brea (Calif.) native averaged career highs of 14.5 points and 4.75 assists per game while shooting 41.7 percent from behind the arc and making a Stanford single-season record 96 3-pointers en route to Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-Pac-10 honors.

She ends her Stanford career tied with Pedersen atop the games played list with 150, second with 268 3-pointers made and 711 attempted, sixth with 560 assists and 16th with 1,453 points. Pohlen graduates as just the fourth player in Stanford history to record 1,000 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds, joining Jennifer Azzi, Sonja Henning and Nicole Powell.

Together, the duo helped lead Stanford to four Final Fours, two national title games, a perfect 63-0 record at Maples Pavilion and an overall record of 137-14 (.907) from 2007-11. They will join current Stanford alumns Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Nicole Powell (New York Liberty) and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx) in the WNBA for the 2011 season.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Aaron Juarez of Stanford Sports Information

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