Angie Bjorklund drafted by WNBA

Angie Bjorklund drafted by WNBA

Tennessee Lady Vol senior basketball player Angie Bjorklund was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft (fifth pick, second round) by the Chicago Sky on Monday at the ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

The 6'0 guard/forward becomes the 29th Lady Vol ever selected in the WNBA draft.

"It's definitely exciting," Angie Bjorklund said. "The waiting and suspense was tough, but Chicago is a great city and that is a great team. It doesn't end here either. I've been working out really hard and hopefully I will be able to make the team.

"I now know where I'm going, and I have a goal to work toward."

Bjorklund leaves Tennessee as one of the most prolific three-point shooters in SEC history, tallying Lady Vol records for treys made (305) and attempted (738). She scored 1,469 points - 20th-most in Lady Vol history, and started 113 of the 132 games she played - ninth-most in the UT record book.

As a senior in 2010-11, Bjorklund averaged 10.3 ppg, while shooting a career-best and conference-leading 45.1 percent from behind the arc. She played in 31 games, starting 24, for the SEC regular season and tournament champions who advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

Over her four-year career, the Lady Vols won three SEC Tournament championships, two SEC regular season championships and the 2008 NCAA Championship.

Bjorklund was named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award All-America First Team in 2011, as well as to the CoSIDA/Captial One Academic All-America Second Team. She nabbed Associated Press honorable mention All-America accolades for the second straight season in 2010-11 and was named to the 2011 SEC Community Service Team.

She is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a First Team Academic All-America selection by CoSIDA in 2010.

Ten former Tennessee standouts were employed by WNBA teams in 2010, including Tamika Catchings, who captured her fourth WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award, while averaging 18.2 ppg for the Indiana Fever, and Ashley Robinson, who came off the bench to help the Seattle Storm win the 2010 WNBA Championship.

The 2011 WNBA season begins on June 3.

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