O'Neil was a three-year
starter for the Cyclones and head coach Bill Fennelly. She posted a
double-figure scoring average each season, capping her stellar career with a
team-high 16.6 points per game while leading
Following the season she
was named an Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press and Women's
Basketball Coaches Association as well as First Team All-Big 12 by the league
coaches and newspapers based in
When O'Neil was taken
with the 30th overall pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA's April draft,
she became the second-highest pick in
"I talked to [Coach Fennelly] quite a bit about Anne jumping right in as a coach after her playing career and he gave her the best endorsement possible in saying he would hire her if he had an opening on his staff," Sallee said.
O'Neil shot just under 50 percent from 3-point land her senior year and participated in the ESPN 3-point Contest. She finished her career as ISU's all-time leader in free throw percentage (.831) while also ranking in the Top 10 in 3-point percentage, free throws made and attempted and assists.
With Eastern traveling to
"She was obviously a great player and understands what it takes to succeed, so that's instant creditability" Sallee said. "Hopefully our players can tap into her knowledge. We're fortunate to have her at the beginning of her career."
O'Neil spent her freshman
season at the
She earned a Bachelor's in Communications from Iowa State and is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.