April 16, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou senior forward Christine Flores was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the third round of the WNBA Draft on Monday, April 16. Flores was the 30th overall pick, making her the sixth Tiger in program history to be chosen in the draft and first since 2006.
"I'm extremely happy for Christine," Mizzou head coach Robin Pingeton said. "This is a tremendous honor for her and for our program. She has worked very hard to get to where she is today, and this is a great opportunity for her to continue playing the game she loves. She has a great career ahead of her, and we are excited that she will continue to represent Mizzou."
Flores joins former Tigers LaToya Bond (Charlotte Sting, 2006), Christelle N'Garsanet (New York Liberty, 2006), Evan Unrau (Washington Mystics, 2004), Amanda Lassiter (Houston Comets, 2001; currently with the Chicago Sky), and Marlena Williams (Indiana Fever, 2001), among Mizzou's six all-time WNBA draft selections.
Throughout her career at Mizzou, Flores made a major impact on the Women's Basketball program. She appeared in 119 games, tallying 1,312 career points to rank 15th on Mizzou's all-time scoring list. She holds Missouri's single-season blocks record (93) as well as all-time blocks record (209). Not only that, but in 2011 Flores became the first Tiger since 1995 to record a triple-double. A 2011 All-Big 12 Second Team selection, Flores finished the season ranked at No. 8 in the country for her 3.0 blocks per game.
The Mercury begins its regular season on May 20 with an 11:30 a.m. CT road contest against the Minnesota Lynx. After another road game at Tulsa on May 22, the team will open up at home against the Los Angeles Sparks at 9 p.m. CT.