LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A'dia Mathies didn't start thinking about the WNBA until her Kentucky career began winding down.
And when her Wildcats playing days ended, she didn't dare think about what team might draft her.
Well, Mathies' dream came true Monday night when the Los Angeles Sparks chose her with the 10th overall pick. The 5-foot-9 Louisville native joins a team that reached the Western Conference finals last year, led by all-WNBA forward and 2008 Most Valuable Player Candace Parker.
With her ability to score, handle the ball and defensive prowess — skills that earned Mathies consecutive Southeastern Conference player of the year awards — she is Kentucky's highest WNBA draft pick ever.
Mathies becomes Kentucky's second first-rounder in the past three years, following Victoria Dunlap's No. 11 selection in 2011.