UConn senior guard Kelly Faris was selected in the first round by the Connecticut Sun (No. 11 overall) at the WNBA Draft tonight at ESPN headquarters.
Faris becomes the 25th player from UConn selected in the WNBA Draft since the inception of the event in 1997. It marked the fifth time in the last six years that UConn has had a player drafted in the first round.
Overall, the Huskies have had 13 players selected in the first round.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma and Faris’ teammates were unable to attend the draft due to a prior university commitment that was planned well in advance. Associate head coach Chris Dailey and assistant coaches Shea Ralph and Marisa Moseley were on hand in support of Faris.
Baylor center Brittney Griner, as expected, was selected No. 1 overall by the Phoenix Mercury. Delaware guard Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) and Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock) were picked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
Faris, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and the conference Co-Most Improved Player, averaged a career-high 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and team-highs of 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals in 29.7 minutes this season. She shot career-highs of 53.0 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range.
Faris was named to the Final Four all-tournament team last week, averaging 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in 31.5 minutes as UConn won its NCAA record-tying eighth national championship.
Faris finishes her career with 1,109 points, ranked 11th in team history in rebounds (821), sixth in assists (545) and fifth in steals (294) in 154 games. Maya Moore is the only other UConn player to amass 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists, and 250 steals.
Faris, who was a combined 143-11 (.929) in her career with two national championships and four Final Four appearances, is also tied for second in team history in games played, tied for first in consecutive games played (154), third in consecutive games started (115) and fifth in minutes played (4,258).