Missouri women's basketball forward Christine Flores drafted to WNBA

Monday, April 16, 2012 | 5:57 p.m. CDT; updated 8:10 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 16, 2012
Christine Flores, forward, runs by Cokie Reed in a game against Texas at Mizzou Arena on Feb. 28. Flores was selected 30th overall in the third round of the WNBA draft to the Phoenix Mercury.

COLUMBIA — Missouri women's basketball player Christine Flores was selected 30th overall in the third round of the WNBA Draft to the Phoenix Mercury.

The 6-foot-3 forward from San Antonio finished her career at Missouri as the all-time career block leader, with 201. As a senior this season, Flores led the Tigers in scoring at 16.9 points per game.

Other Drafted Tigers

Flores was the sixth player from the Missouri program to be selected in the WNBA Draft.

In 2006, LaToya Bond was drafted by the Charlotte Sting, and  Christelle N'Garsanet was drafted by the New York Liberty.

In 2004, Evan Unrau was selected by the Washington Mystics.

In 2001, Amanda Lassiter, who currently plays for the Chicago Sky, was taken by the Houston Comets, and Marlena Williams was chosen by the Indiana Fever.

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Flores was named to the All-Big 12 Conference second team. She was No. 2 in the Big 12 in scoring and blocked shots, trailing Baylor junior Brittney Griner in both categories. Griner led the Big 12, averaging 23.2 points per game, and was the Big 12 Player of the year, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Player of the Year and an Associated Press All-American. Griner will return to play her senior year at Baylor.

Flores was one of three Big 12 players drafted. Texas A&M's Tyra White and Sydney Carter were the other two.

White was drafted 16th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks. The 6-foot guard led the Aggies with an average of 13.1 points per game and was named to the All-Big 12 first team. In 2011 Texas A&M claimed the national title and White was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

Carter was drafted 27th overall by the Chicago Sky. The 5-foot-6 guard led the Aggies in assists, finishing the season with 105. She was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive team and the All-Big 12 second team.

Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike, helped guide the Cardinal to the Final Four during all four of her seasons, was Monday's  No. 1 pick. Tennessee guard Shekinna Stricklen went second to the Seattle Storm, and Notre Dame post Devereaux Peters went third to the defending champion Minnesota Lynx.

Missouri senior BreAnna Brock was also a prospect in the 2012 WNBA Draft. This season, Brock led the Tigers in rebounds (8.2 per game) and was the second leading scorer (13.7 per game). The 6-foot-2 forward received All-Big 12 honorable mention. Brock was not drafted.

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