Three Lady Bulldogs Selected in WNBA Draft

SECAUCUS, NJ. - It was a historic day for the Mississippi State women's basketball program Thursday as it had three players drafted in the WNBA Draft Presented By adidas. Chanel Mokango, Armelie Lumanu and Alexis Rack were drafted in the first, second and third rounds respectively.

Mokango, who participated in the WNBA Draft activities in the NBA Entertainment studios was selected ninth overall by the Atlanta Dream in the first round. The 6-5 Mokango of Kinshasa, Congo, played two seasons for Mississippi State, averaging 11.0 points and 6.5 rebounds a contest. She was selected to the Southeastern Conference All-Defensive Team both seasons and set a Lady Bulldog record for career and single-season blocks.

Lumanu, drafted 23rd overall by the Indiana Fever in the second round, averaged 11.5 points and 6.6 rebounds a game in her two-year stint in Starkville. The Kinshasa, Congo native was an All-SEC Second Team selection this season and was named the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year. She was also a member of the All-SEC Defensive Team the past two seasons.

Rack was selected 29th overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the third round. The Franklin, La. native set an SEC single-season record with 108 3-pointers this season while setting the SEC career three-point field goals record with 340. With 1,756 career points, Rack is third all-time at Mississippi State ranking only behind former State All-Americans LaToya Thomas and Tan White.

Mississippi State was one of just two programs that had three players selected. It was the first time State had multiple players selected in one draft and the third time a Lady Bulldog had been selected in the first round. In the 2003, Thomas was selected as the overall top pick while White was selected second overall in the 2005 draft. The WNBA season begins on May 15.


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