WNBA’s Mercury takes Lucas
UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State Lady Lion senior guard Maggie Lucas was selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.
Lucas’ selection gives the Lady Lions three WNBA Draft picks in the last two years, joining Alex Bentley and Nikki Greene, who were selected in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Penn State has had 15 players drafted by WNBA teams since 1997, the most in the Big Ten Conference.
A native of Narberth, Lucas completed one of the most prolific careers in Lady Lion and Big Ten history. She is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, three-time first team All-Big Ten honoree, two-time Wade Trophy finalist, two-time USBWA All-American, two-time WBCA All-American and Senior CLASS Award All-Americasecond team pick. Lucas is also a two-time finalist for the Wooden Award.
As a senior, Lucas finished second in the Big Ten in scoring with a 21.0 average, which is second in the conference. She has improved her scoring average each of her four seasons, while leading the team in that category in that time. Her 672 tallies this season rank fifth in program history and she is one of two players to wear a Lady Lion uniform to score 600 or more points in three seasons, along with Kelly Mazzante. Additionally, Lucas broke the Big Ten single-season free throw percentage record with a 94.9 percent mark from the charity stripe, which ranks second in NCAA Division I and is second in single-season school history. Lucas also ranked in the Top 10 in the conference in steals (7th; 1.9), three-point field goals per game (6th; 2.3) and minutes played (9th; 35.0). Lucas also broke the Penn State single-season free throws made record with 185. Lucas is the only player inNCAA women’s basketball, WNBA and NBA history to average 20 or more points with a free throw percentage of 94.9 percent or better.
Among her career accomplishments, Lucas finishes her career second at Penn State and fourth in Big Ten in career scoring with 2,510 points. Lucas (19.0) and Kelly Mazzante (21.9) are the only players in program history to have more than 19 points per game in their career. Lucas owns the Big Ten and Penn State record with 365 career three-pointers, which also ranks 12th in NCAA history.
She is also one of the most prolific free throw shooters in conference and school history. She owns the free throw percentage mark for both the Big Ten and Penn State at a .907 career clip and broke the Lady Lion record forcareer free throws made (547). Her .907 career mark from the charity stripealso ranks seventh in NCAA history. Lucas is the only player in school history and just the sixth player in the Big Ten to accumulate 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists and 200 steals.