Lincoln - Nebraska forward Cory Montgomery was selected with the top pick of the third round by the New York Liberty in the 2010 WNBA Draft on Thursday.
Montgomery, a 6-2 senior from Cannon Falls, Minn., was the No. 25 overall pick in the draft and the seventh player from the Big 12 Conference chosen in the top 25 picks. Montgomery joined fellow senior forward Kelsey Griffin in the list of draftees, after Griffin was picked with the No. 3 overall selection in the first round by the Minnesota Lynx before being traded to the Connecticut Sun.
Montgomery, a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2010, becomes the fourth Husker in history chosen in the WNBA Draft, following first-round pick Nicole Kubik (No. 10 overall, LA Sparks, 2000), Kiera Hardy (No. 36 overall, Connecticut Sun, 2007) and Griffin.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to play at the next level," Montgomery said. "I wasn't really sure whether I would get a chance or not, but I'm obviously thrilled about it and I know it is great chance for me. I have never even been to New York so I'm excited about that. I know it is going to be a great challenge to earn a roster spot on a team and league filled with such great players, but I am going to try to make the most of it."
One of only eight players in Nebraska history to score 1,300 points and pull down 600 rebounds in a career, Montgomery averaged 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a senior while helping the Huskers to the best season in school history.
With Montgomery and Griffin leading the way inside, Nebraska raced to a Big 12 record-tying 30-game winning streak, while capturing the school's first Big 12 regular-season championship. The Huskers also became the first men's or women's basketball team in Big 12 history to produce a perfect regular season (29-0), before finishing with a 32-2 overall record.
Nebraska advanced to its first NCAA Sweet 16 after earning its first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed. The Huskers also climbed as high as No. 3 in the national polls before finishing with the school's first top-10 national rankings to end the season.
In her career, Montgomery finished 12th in school history with 1,378 points while ranking 13th in school history with 627 rebounds. She also ranked ninth in Husker history with 80 made three-pointers in her career. She hit 38.5 percent of her career three-point attempts (80-208) to tie for third in school history in that category. She was also a career 78.9 percent free throw shooter.
In her first year as a starter in 2008-09, Montgomery earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades by averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and was chosen as Nebraska's Offensive Player of the Year. She was one of the top reserves in the Big 12 Conference as a sophomore, averaging 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in just 19 minutes per game as a sophomore.
In her Nebraska career, Montgomery played in 130 games, the second-most in school history, while making 69 starts.
Also a standout in the classroom, Montgomery is a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection, and was a second-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2009. She earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in business administration on Dec. 19, 2009, in just 3 1/2 years in Lincoln
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