Tulsa Shock Drafts Nevada's Mungedi With 25th Pick
Nevada's Mimi Mungedi became the 11th Mountain West women's basketball student-athlete drafted by the WNBA on Thursday, April 16. She is the first MW player drafted by the league since Jené Morris of San Diego State was taken in the first round by the Indiana Fever in 2010.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – With the 25th pick in this year’s 2015 WNBA Draft, the Tulsa Shock selected former Nevada women’s basketball standout Mimi Mungedi with the first pick in the third round. This marks Nevada’s second WNBA selection after Tahnee Robinson was selected 31st overall by the Phoenix Mercury in 2011.
“This is an exciting day for our program, but even more for Mimi,” Nevada head coach Jane Albright said. “Our Wolf Pack family watched her improve almost daily these last four years while she was getting her engineering degree and leading our team in several categories. Camille Williams, her position coach, did an amazing job of developing her skill and Mimi put in the hard work. I believe that Tulsa hit the jackpot! As of today, we are all Shock fans.”
Tulsa had three picks in this year’s draft and selected Amanda Zahui B. out of Minnesota with the second overall pick. Both Mungedi and Zahui B. tied for the most rebounds in a single-game this past season, each pulling down 29 boards in a single game. The Shock also drafted point guard Brianna Kiesel out of Pittsburgh.
Mungedi produced an outstanding final season with the Wolf Pack and was named the Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year. She also garnered a spot on the All-Mountain West team and the league's All-Defensive team.
During her final season with the Pack, Mungedi produced career numbers in a multitude of statistical categories and averaged a near double-double with 13.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, both of which led the team. Her rebounding average is tops in the conference, as well as her field goal percentage (55.4 percent) and her 12 double-doubles. She scored in double figures in 22 of 30 games this year, including five 20+ outings.
Back in early January, Mungedi became Nevada's all-time career leader in blocked shots, finishing with 162 in her four years. She also set a new single-season blocking record, swatting away 74 shots on the year. Her 2.5 blocks per game ranked her second in the league. As if that wasn't enough, Mungedi pulled down a single-game school and Mountain West record 29 rebounds against San Jose State, tied for the most in a NCAA Division I women's game this season.