May 19, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Former Pepperdine women's basketball standout Jennifer Lacy has earned a spot on the active roster of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. She becomes the first female basketball player from the West Coast Conference (WCC) to make a WNBA roster.
In two preseason contests with the Mercury, Lacy shot 63.6 percent from the floor - a mark which ranked fifth in the league - while averaging 7.5 points in 17.5 minutes per game.
Lacy thrived under the direction of Wave head coach Julie Rousseau who was in her first season at the helm of the Pepperdine program during the Agoura Hills, Calif., native's senior season. Rousseau, a former head coach for the LA Sparks, groomed the 6-foot-3 Lacy to be a premier player in the WCC. Under Rousseau's guidance, Lacy shot a team-leading 48.9 percent while averaging 16.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game during the 2004-05 campaign.
She added a team-best 24 blocks.
Lacy was a three-time WCC Player of the Week and an All-WCC first team selection.
Following her senior season, Lacy was inked to a free-agent contract with the Connecticut Sun.
Sources close to the team say Lacy could earn the start in tomorrow's (May 20) season opener against defending WNBA champion Sacramento Monarchs. The game is scheduled to be nationally televised on ABC. Check local listings for times in your area.