Tyler Scaife is now the 14th player in Rutgers women’s basketball history to be selected in a WNBA Draft.
On Thursday, in the 2018 WNBA Draft, Scaife was selected No. 20 overall by the Phoenix Mercury.
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The 5-foot-9 guard led Rutgers in scoring this past season, averaging a team-high 19.4 points per game. Scaife finished her career with the Scarlet Knights by scoring 2,233 points.
Thanks to Scaife’s performance throughout the season, she was named a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten member. Scaife accomplished this after not playing last season due to heart surgery.
According to the Associated Press, ESPN.com and DraftSite.com, Scaife was supposed to be selected in the second round and went where she was anticipated to go.
Rutgers finished with a 20-12 overall record. The Scarlet Knights — after it was announced that they accepted a WNIT bid — declined to participate in the WNIT after feeling snubbed for the NCAA Tournament.
The team’s final game was a second-round loss in the Big Ten Tournament to Ohio State. Scaife finished with 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting while no other Scarlet Knights player scored more than seven in the 82-57 defeat.
Prior to Scaife being drafted, the last Rutgers player to be drafted in the WNBA was Kahleah Copper in 2016. Copper was taken No. 7 overall by the Washington Mystics.