April 20, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane's women's basketball standout Janell Burse was selected by the Minnesota Lynx with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft, held Friday.
It marks the second straight season that the Green Wave have had a player selected in the WNBA draft and the second straight season that the Lynx have picked up a Tulane standout. Last season, the Lynx took former Wave All-American Grace Daley with the No. 5 overall pick. Daley has since been acquired by the New York Liberty, the WNBA's runners-up last season.
Burse was the third selection by the Lynx, who also drafted UConn's Svetlana Abrosimova with the No. 7 overall pick and Life College's Erin Buescher with the 23rd pick. In addition, the Lynx drafted Florida's Tombi Bell (No. 39) and Iowa State's Megan Taylor (No. 55), while acquiring Duke's Georgia Schweitzer, who had been the 21st overall pick, in a trade with the Miami Sol.
Burse finished her Tulane career with 1,625 points and 871 rebounds, making her just the third player in Green Wave history to total at least 1,600 points and pull down more than 850 rebounds. She earned All-America honors from the Women's Basketball News Service this season and was named as the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season. She was a first-team All-Conference USA selection for the second straight season, while earning C-USA All-Tournament honors for the third straight season.
In all, Tulane has had three players selected in women's professional drafts. In addition to Daley and Burse, former Wave All-American Barbara Farris was the No. 3 overall pick by the New England Blizzard in the 1998 ABL draft. The ABL has since disbanded and Farris now plays with the WNBA's Detroit Shock.