May 31, 2001
With three players in the league, only 14 NCAA school have more players currently in the WNBA than Tulane. The Green Wave has as many players on WNBA rosters as 2001 NCAA champion Notre Dame and as many or more than traditional powers Duke, Texas Tech, Virginia, Penn State, Rutgers, UCLA, Kansas, LSU and Alabama.
Burse, currently a member of the Minnesota Lynx, was the 28th player selected in the 2001 WNBA draft. She concluded her Tulane career with 1,625 points and 871 rebounds, while ranking as Conference USA's all-time leader with 248 blocked shots. She earned All-America honors as a junior and senior and was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year three years in a row.
Daley ended her Green Wave career as Tulane's all-time leading scorer, male or female, with 2,249 points. She was a three-time All-American and three-time first-team All-Conference USA selection. The 2000 C-USA Player of the Year, Daley won every individual award handed out by the conference during her four-year career. She was the No. 5 overall pick by the Lynx in the 2000 WNBA draft, playing her first season in Minnesota before being traded to the New York Liberty this past fall.
Farris became Tulane's first-ever women's basketball draft pick, when she was selected as the No. 3 overall pick by the New England Blizzard in the 1998 ABL draft. After the league folded, she played professionally in Europe before joining the WNBA's Detroit Shock this past season. She ended her Tulane career with 1,729 points and 939 rebounds, earning All-America honors in 1997.
In addition, former Tulane players Kiki Cizmar and Taryn Turnbull are currently pursuing professional basketball opportunities in Europe. Should the two join teams, they would become the fourth and fifth members of Tulane's 1997-98 team to sign professional contracts. Ann Wauters, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2000 WNBA draft, was also a Tulane signee before opting to play professionally overseas.
"I think this shows the high level of basketball we play here at Tulane," Green Wave head coach Lisa Stockton said. "By having three players in the WNBA, we are in very elite company nationally. Janell, Grace and Barbara each have a bright future ahead of them and are wonderful representatives of the student-athletes we have here at Tulane."
Stanford leads all schools with 11 former players in the WNBA, while Florida and Georgia each have nine.
The Tulane women's basketball team has made seven consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, all under the direction of Lisa Stockton. In addition, the Wave has posted six straight 20-win seasons.