Mercer's Lawrence drafted in the second round of WNBA draft

Lawrence is the second Mercer player to be selected in the WNBA draft, and the first ever from the Southern Conference./(CTSY: Mercer Athletics)

MACON, Ga. -- After finishing her career as arguably the greatest player in Mercer women's basketball history, Kahlia Lawrence will get the chance to continue her success at the professional level.

The Minnesota Lynx selected Lawrence with the 12th pick of the second round of Wednesday night's WNBA draft, making her the second Mercer player and second Southern Conference player to be selected in the draft.

Mercer's Andrea Congreaves was selected by the Charlotte Sting in the 1997 WNBA draft.

Lawrence was traded later in the third round to the Las Vegas Aces, where she will be teammates with South Carolina's A'ja Wilson, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

“I am so proud of Kahlia,”Mercer head coach Susie Gardner said. “It has been her dream to play professional basketball after college and to be playing for the Las Vegas Aces is a credit to the career that she had at Mercer. I know Kahlia will do what she has always done and prepare for camp and be ready to contribute to the team. I’m not going to lie, I am one proud coach right now."

Lawrence finished her career at Mercer third in points scored with 2,275, and is also in the top-10 in program history in rebounds.

She's the only player in Southern Conference history to win three consecutive Player of the Year awards, and was a main catalyst in the Bears winning their first SoCon tournament championship in program history this past season.

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