Pointer Selected In Second Round Of WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces

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Pointer Selected In Second Round Of WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Khayla Pointer was the first pick of the second round by the Las Vegas Aces during Monday’s WNBA Draft.

Pointer becomes the 19th LSU player drafted into the WNBA and the first draft selection under Coach Kim Mulkey as LSU’s coach.

Pointer will join a Vegas team that signed former LSU star Theresa Plaisance during the offseason.

Pointer had the best season of her career in her final year as a Tiger, playing as one of the top guards across America. Along with being a top-five finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, Pointer earned spots on the Naismith Trophy Watchlist, the Wooden Award National Ballot, the Wade Trophy Watchlist, and the Dawn Staley Award Watchlist. She has already been named to multiple All-America teams (AP and Sports Illustrated Second Team; USBWA Third Team).

After returning for her final year of eligibility and teaming up with National Coach of the Year Finalist Kim Mulkey, Pointer achieved heights her career had never seen before. She set new career-highs with 19.6 points per game (No. 2 in SEC), 6.4 rebounds per game (No. 17 in SEC) and 5.3 assists per game (No. 2 in SEC). With those numbers, Pointer was one of just two players in the SEC to rank inside the Top-20 in points and assists and inside the Top-15 in assists. She led an LSU offensive attack the led the SEC in scoring with 73.72 points per game.

Throughout her final season, Pointer recorded seven double-doubles that included two triple-doubles. She is one of just five players in SEC history to record multiple triple-doubles in a career. Pointer scored in double-figures in 29 games during the season, including 17 games with 20 points or more. She finished the season scoring double-figures in 21 of LSU’s final 22 games that included a stretch of 16 consecutive games with 13 or more points.

Starting all 32 games for the Tigers, Pointer showed great durability. She led the SEC in minutes played, averaging 37.0 minutes per game. She played every second of 13 games for the Tigers, including all 45 minutes of LSU’s overtime victory against Missouri when she sent the PMAC into a frenzy with the game-winning layup with 5.7 second remaining in OT.

Aside from the Missouri game, Pointer came up big late in numerous other games. She hit two threes late in the Dec. 30 game at Georgia to help the Tigers open SEC play with a victory. In LSU’s NCAA Tournament victory in the first-round over Jackson State, Pointer helped the Tigers erase a 10point deficit with 4:54 to play. In the final four minutes, Pointer led LSU’s comeback with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. She hit the game-winning three with 49 seconds remaining to give LSU the lead for good. Pointer finished that game with 25 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and four steals, becoming the first player over the past 20 years to have at least 25 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steal in the men’s or women’s NCAA Tournament.

Pointer finished her career as one of the best to ever wear a LSU uniform. She is the only player in men’s or women’s history at LSU to finish a career with over 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists. Pointer had 1,934 points (No. 6 in LSU history), 599 assists (No. 2 in LSU history) and 573 rebounds (No. 21 in LSU history). Her 672 field-goals made rank No. 8 in LSU history.

LSU’s WNBA Draft Picks

Player                                              Year     Team                   Round Pick

Elaine Powell                                   1999    Orlando               4          50

Katrina Hibbert                               2000    Seattle                 4          57

Marie Ferdinand                             2001    Utah                    1          8

April Brown                                     2001    Indiana                4          51

Aiysha Smith                                   2003    Washington        1          7

DeTrina White                                 2003    Indiana                2          20

Ke-Ke Tardy                                     2003    San Antonio        2          25

Doneeka Hodges                             2004    Los Angeles         2          25

Temeka Johnson                             2005    Washington        1          6

Seimone Augustus                          2006    Minnesota           1          1

Scholanda Dorrell                           2006    Sacramento        1          14

Sylvia Fowles                                   2008    Chicago               1          2

Erica White                                      2008    Houston              2          17

Quianna Chaney                              2008    Chicago               2          19

Allison Hightower                           2010    Connecticut        2          15

LaSondra Barrett                             2012    Washington        1          10

Theresa Plaisance                           2014    Tulsa                    3          27

Raigyne Moncrief-Lewis                  2018    Las Vegas             3          25

Khayla Pointer                                2022    Las Vegas            2          13


Coach Mulkey’s WNBA Draft Picks

Player                                             Year     Team                   Round Pick

Sheila Lambert                                2002    Charlotte             1          7

Danielle Crockrom                          2002    Utah                    1          11

Steffanie Blackmon                         2005    Seattle                 3          38

Sophia Young                                 2006    San Antonio        1          4

Bernice Mosby                               2007    Washington        1          6

Angela Tisdale                                2008    Chicago               3          33

Jessica Morrow                              2009    Atlanta                3          27

Britney Griner                                2013    Phoenix               1          1

Brooklyn Pope                                2013    Chicago               3          28

Odyssey Sims                                 2014    Tulsa                    1          2

Niya Johnson                                  2016    Atlanta                3          28

Alexis Jones                                    2017    Minnesota           1          12

Alexis Prince                                   2017    Phoenix               3          29

Kristy Wallace                                2018    Atlanta                2          16

Kalani Brown                                  2019    Los Angeles         1          7

Chloe Jackson                                 2019    Chicago               2          15

Lauren Cox                                     2020    Indiana                1          3

Te’a Cooper                                    2020    Phoenix               2          18

Juicy Landrum                                2020    Connecticut        3          35

Khayla Pointer                                2022    Las Vegas            2          13