MACON, Ga. – Mercer standout senior Kahlia Lawrence was selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round with the 24th overall pick of the 2018 WNBA Draft on Thursday night. Lawrence was later traded to the Las Vegas Aces in the third round, along with Ji-Su Park.
Lawrence's selection marks the second time in school history and first since Andrea Congreaves in 1997 (Charlotte Sting) that a Mercer player has been taken in the WNBA draft. Lawrence is the second Southern Conference women's basketball player to have been taken in the WNBA Draft, along with Chattanooga's Alex Anderson who was taken 39th in 2008.
"I am so proud of Kahlia," stated Mercer Women's Basketball Head Coach Susie Gardner. "It has been her dream to play professional basketball after college and to be playing for the Las Vegas Aces is a credit to the career that she had at Mercer. I know Kahlia will do what she has always done and prepare for camp and be ready to contribute to the team. I'm not going to lie, I am one proud coach right now. So happy for Kahlia and her family."
The Columbus, Ga., native led Mercer to its third consecutive Southern Conference regular season title, including the program's first-ever outright SoCon Regular Season Championship. Lawrence then guided the Bears through the SoCon Tournament as Mercer won its first-ever SoCon Tournament Title and captured the program's first NCAA DI berth. Lawrence finished the season averaging 19.1 points per game, while pulling down 5.1 boards per contest. Lawrence tallied a total of 636 points this season, ranking eighth most in a single season in program history. Lawrence concluded the year shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from downtown. The senior guard finished her career with 2,275 career points, ranking third in Mercer history and in SoCon history. Lawrence also snuck into the top 10 in career rebounds at Mercer with 696 total boards.
Lawrence was tabbed as the 2018 SoCon Player of the Year, becoming the league's first-ever three-time Player of the Year. Lawrence was also named 2018 SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging 25.0 points per game during the tournament. The Georgia native was also selected to the All-SoCon First Team and All-Tournament First Team.