Women's Basketball All-American Joins Pro League
Alicia Thompson signs with WNBA.
April 6, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The WNBA announced that 1998 Kodak All-American Alicia Thompson, a 6-1 forward, from Texas Tech University and five additional college seniors have signed player contracts to play in the league.
Also signing contracts were Julie Krommenhoek, a 5-9 guard and Alli Bills, a 5-7 guard, both from Utah; Mfon Udoka (mmm-FON YOU-doe-ka), a 6-0 forward from DePaul; Iowa's Nadine Domond, a 5-9 guard; and Sonia Chase, a 5-11 guard from Maryland.
Thompson was named the 1997-98 Big 12 Player of the Year and was a member of the Big 12 First Team the last two years. She averaged 23.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this past season and was the leading scorer in the Big 12 Conference her junior and senior seasons. Thompson id the second leading scorer and rebounder in Texas Tech history, with 2,156 points and 953 rebounds.
Thompson scored a career high 47 points against Texas on Jan. 4, 1997, which tied Sheryl Swoopes of the Houston Comets for the third highest single-game point total in school history. Swoopes holds the first two spots with a 53-point performance versus Texas and a 48-point game versus Washington.
The 1998 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp, which will include college seniors, veterans with prior professional experience and international players, will be held at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago from April 16-18. The 1998 WNBA Draft will be held via conference call with representatives from each team on Wednesday, April 29, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT. Each of the ten teams will have 11 active roster spots fro the 1998 season.
The WNBA has expanded its regular season schedule for the 1998, with each of the league's 10 teams playing 30 games (15 home/15 away). The season will tip off on June 11. ESPN, Lifetime and NBC will each televise 10 regular season games.
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