April 8, 2010
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University women's basketball senior Vivian Frieson was selected as the 31st pick in the WNBA Draft by the Tulsa Shock Thursday, becoming the first Zag in women's basketball history to be drafted by the WNBA.
"I am extremely happy and look forward to making the team," stated Frieson. "Just because I saw my name be announced doesn't mean I can stop working hard it means that I have to work even harder. Everyone in the Gonzaga community has been a huge help, from the coaches to the fans, they have pushed me to be the best player and person I can be."
"It is a great day for Gonzaga and certainly a great day for Vivian," stated head coach Kelly Graves after watching the draft. "I am so excited for her. Her hard work has paid off and she is going to do us proud."
Frieson averaged 12.5 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds while averaging 28.6 minutes per game in 2009-10. She shot an impressive 52.8 percent from the field (181-for-343). The all-around forward also contributed 70 assists, 46 steals and 45 blocks.
In GU's Sweet Sixteen NCAA Tournament run, Frieson averaged 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per contest. Arguably her biggest shot of her career came with 18 seconds left in the Zags NCAA Tournament second round game versus Texas A&M that catapulted them to the 72-71 win and to their inaugural Sweet Sixteen appearance.
In her four seasons in a Bulldog uniform, Frieson averaged 8.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block per contest.