Cougars in the WNBA

Ambrosia Anderson

Ambrosia Anderson became the second women’s basketball player to be drafted by the WNBA. She was picked 17th overall in 2006 by the Detroit Shock, then traded to Minnesota and eventually signed a one-year contract with the WNBA’s New York Liberty. She is currently playing in Greece on the Siemens team.


The 6-2 forward from Colorado Springs, Co., and Doherty High School completed four years at BYU from 2003 to 2006. During her four years she became the 18th player in the program’s history to eclipse the 1,000-point club. She ranks 14 of 18 with a total of 1,285 total points. She recorded 14 career double doubles, eight of those in 2006.


In her senior season, Anderson also garnered two postseason honorable mention All-America accolades from the AP Women’s All-America Basketball Team as well as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Eastman Kodak Company.


As a senior, she was also named MWC Co-Player of the Year, made the MWC Championships All-Tournament Team, and was MWC First Team All-Conference. She was named Deseret Morning News Athlete of the Month for January 2006. Anderson ranked 25th nationally in scoring with 18.8 points per game.

Erin thorn top

BYU All-American Erin Thorn is the first Cougar female to play in the WNBA. She was drafted in 2003 by the WNBA’s New York Liberty. Thorn was the 17th overall pick, the fifth in the second round and the second player drafted by the Liberty team.


The 5-10 guard from Orem, Utah and Mountain View High School set numerous records during her four-year stellar career with the Cougars. She became BYU’s fourth all-time leading scorer with (2,061) total points. She also holds the record in three points made in a game with nine, which is also a record for the men’s team as well as the record holder in total three-point field goals made in a career with 393.


Thorn picked up three All-American citations, three MWC All-Conference First Team honors, and MVP accolades at the 2002 MWC Championships. She also received the 2003 Cougar Club Crowd Pleaser Award, and finished her career with 39 straight games where she made at least one-three pointer.


From Dec. 2003 to March 2004, she also played for Bnei Yehuda, a women’s professional team from Tel Aviv, Israel. She is currently in her fourth season with the New York Liberty, and is in her second season as the Director of Basketball Operations for the women’s basketball team.

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