Former Lady Vol basketball standout Kara Lawson wasn't a member of the Detroit Shock for long. One week after being selected by Detroit in the first round of the WNBA draft, she was traded to the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for Kedra Holland-Corn and a second-round draft pick in 2004.
Lawson's teammates in Sacramento include fellow rookie Chantelle Anderson
, who starred at Vanderbilt
the past four seasons. They were teammates on the gold medal-winning U.S. entry in the World University Games of 2001.
Lawson, who has a 3.77 grade-point average in finance, is one of four student-athletes nationwide who will receive Directors' Cup postgraduate scholarships, valued at $5,000. She is the NCAA Div. 1 recipient.
The other three are Div. II cross country star Alfred Rugema of Abilene Christian (3.26 in agribusiness), Div. III track star Laura Rosenberger of Eastern Mennonite (3.75 in biology/pre-med) and NAIA track star Sarah Phillips of Oklahoma Baptist (3.95 in English education).