Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball senior Julie Wojta (Francis Creek, Wis.)
saw her dreams turn to reality after the All-American was selected as the 18th overall pick by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round of the WNBA Draft on Monday.
Wojta becomes the first player in the 39-year history of the Green Bay women’s basketball program to be drafted in the WNBA. Wojta was one of 15 players invited to attend the WNBA Draft festivities held at ESPN Headquarters.
The Minnesota Lynx are the defending WNBA champions, which means Wojta has her work cut out.
Wojta will join some familiar faces when she arrives at the Minnesota Lynx training facilities as former University of Virginia star Monica Wright enters her second season with the Lynx. Wojta and the Phoenix beat Wright and the Cavaliers in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. U-Conn’s all-time leading scorer and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, Maya Moore, will begin her second professional season with Wojta’s new team.
Green Bay is the lone Horizon League team to have players that have suited up for the WNBA. Chandra Johnson, who played for the Phoenix from 2000-03, appeared in eight games for the Los Angeles Sparks after signing as a free agent in 2003. Natalie Berglin, who was a member of the Phoenix from 2004-07, signed a training camp contract with the Connecticut Sun in 2008.