BOSTON -- Michigan State senior Liz Shimek (Empire, Mich.), the school's all-time leading scorer, was selected 18th overall in Wednesday afternoon's WNBA Draft held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Shimek was drafted in the second round by the Phoenix Mercury but was later traded to the Houston Comets. Shimek is the fifth Spartan to be selected in the WNBA Draft.
Shimek, a native of Empire, Mich., had one of the finest offensive seasons in school history her final year in East Lansing. She established single-season school records for points with 597 and field goals with 249, and her 17.6 scoring average tied for fourth best. In addition to owning the MSU scoring title with 1,780 career points, the 6-1 forward also became MSU's all-time leading rebounder with 1,130, and is one of only five players in Big Ten history to score over 1,700 points and collect over 1,110 boards in a career.
A two-time honorable mention All-American, Shimek ranked second in scoring, third in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and sixth in field-goal percentage (54.1) in the Big Ten this season. For her efforts, she became just the sixth Spartan to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. She was named Big Ten Player of the Week a school-record four times this season, and was honored as the WBCA National Co-Player of the Month in December. Shimek shined off the court as well, garnering first-team Academic All-America accolades - only the second to do so in Spartan women's basketball history - for her 3.72 GPA in General Management.
Last season, Kristin Haynie was selected ninth overall by the Sacramento Monarchs, becoming the first MSU player to be taken in the first round of the WNBA Draft. In 2000, Maxann Resse was selected No. 39 overall in the third round by the Portland Fire, and 12 picks later in the fourth round, Kristen Rasmussen was taken by the Utah Starzz. In 2003, Syreeta Bromfield was the No. 28 overall pick, going to the Detroit Shock in the third round.
The 2006 WNBA Draft consisted of three rounds, with 14 selections in each round.