As the WNBA enjoys its 20th season, the Lady Vols’ impact on the league has been undeniable. Tennessee has had 37 WNBA draft picks, including 16 first-rounders and three number-one overall picks. Forty-two Lady Vols have played in the WNBA and for the second consecutive year, eight former Tennessee student-athletes are donning a WNBA uniform.
The 2016 WNBA season features Cierra Burdick (Atlanta), Tamika Catchings (Indiana), Bashaara Graves (Minnesota), Isabelle Harrison (Phoenix), Glory Johnson (Dallas), Candace Parker (Los Angeles), Meighan Simmons (Atlanta) and Shekinna Stricklen (Connecticut) suiting up for seven different teams around the league.
F | 2nd Season
Cierra Burdick has come off the bench in six games during the 2016 season, as she and Meighan Simmons have combined to help the Dream to a fantastic start. Atlanta has stormed to a 7-3 start to the year and sits atop the Eastern Conference.
In her longest outing of the season, Burdick grabbed two boards as she faced off against Bashaara Graves and the Minnesota Lynx.
F | 15th Season
Tamika Catchings has started all 10 games so far this season during her 15th and final WNBA season. She entered the 2016 season as the WNBA’s all-time leader in free throws and steals, while ranking second in points and rebounds. She is the WNBA career playoffs leader in points, rebounds, free throws and steals. Catchings is set to become the WNBA’s only player ever to spend an entire career of 15 or more seasons with the same franchise.
She ranks second on the Fever in scoring at 11.3 points per game while adding 4.8 rebounds and shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line. Catchings shot 9-14 from the floor and posted a season-high 27 points and six rebounds on June 12th against Seattle.
F | 1st Season
Bashaara Graves has played six games off the bench for the defending champion Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx are off to a 11-0 start to the season, as Graves has added a rebounding presence off the bench. The 11-0 beginning to a season is the best ever by a WNBA franchise.
Graves scored her first career WNBA points with a field goal against former teammate Isabelle Harrison and the Phoenix Mercury.
F/C | 1st Season
Harrison has played in all 10 games off the bench for the Phoenix Mercury. After sitting out last season with a knee injury, Harrison has established herself as a vital cog for the Mercury who are tied for third place in the Western Conference.
Harrison has averaged 4.1 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 56.7 percent from the floor. Harrison’s career best game came on the road against Seattle, as she scored 12 points on five of six shooting while also contributing three rebounds.
F | 4th Season
After being suspended for the first seven games of the WNBA season, Johnson returned to action on June 8th for the Dallas Wings. The Wings are a new team for the WNBA’s 20th campaign, as the franchise moved from Tulsa following the 2015 season.
The All-Star has played three games so far, scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds against the Washington Mystics in her return to action. She then played 33 minutes against the Sparks and tallied seven points and six rebounds. Johnson capped her week with five point, five rebound effort against New York.
F/C | 9th Season
Candace Parker was named Western Conference Player of the Week on May 31st and she has continued her stellar play so far this season in leading the Los Angeles Sparks to a perfect 10-0 start to the 2016 season.
Parker is averaging 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. She has helped pace the Sparks and set the tone for the season, as she scored 34 points in the team’s season opener against Seattle on May 15th.
G | 1st Season
Meighan Simmons made the Dream out of training camp and has been an important part of the team’s bench having appeared in eight games as the Dream soared to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 7-3 record.
Simmons is pouring in 3.8 points and 0.6 assists, including a breakout game on June 12th where she scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in 11 minutes of action as the Dream were able to top the Sun, 93-87.
G/F | 5th Season
Shekinna Stricklen has come off the bench seven times this year, but Connecticut currently sits in last place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-9 record.
Stricklen is scoring 3.9 points and grabbing 1.7 rebounds per game. The fifth-year player is averaging 12.7 minutes per game and has added 0.6 assists and 0.4 steals. She scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in eight minutes against the Sparks on May 26th. Her season high of nine came against Chicago in her season debut on May 14.