For the first time in school history a Texas Longhorn was selected No. 1 overall in the WNBA Draft as the Dallas Wings chose center Charli Collier with the first pick in the draft.
The junior from Mont Belview, Texas has been a leader for the Longhorns for the last two seasons, averaging a double-double in both her sophomore and junior campaigns. Her efforts make her just the second player in school history to average a double-double in multiple seasons, joining Retha Swindell who achieved the feat in the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons. Her 19 double-doubles as a junior was No. 2 in the country and by scoring 20 or more points on 17 occasions put her at No. 2 in the Big 12.
In her final season on the Forty Acres, Collier was named a unanimous All-Big 12 first-team selection, the conference’s all-defensive team, and was a finalist for the Lisa Leslie Award - given annually to the nation’s top center.
With her selection at No. 1, she becomes the fastest Longhorn to come off the WNBA Draft board, moving ahead of Edwina Brown who was selected No. by the Detroit Shock in the 2000 WNBA Draft.