LAWRENCE — Chelsea Gardner had to wait through one round and another 20 picks.
Finally, Gardner, a Kansas senior forward, saw her name pop up on the screen. The Indiana Fever had selected her with the 21st pick of the second round during Thursday’s WNBA Draft. Gardner, who was a two-time honorable mention All-America, became the seventh Kansas player chosen in the WNBA Draft.
“I was nervous and anxious waiting to see my name on the screen,” Gardner said, “but it’s a great opportunity and it's always been my dream of mine. When I was younger, I dreamt of playing on the same level as Candace Parker one day. This is huge opportunity for me and my family.”
A native of DeSoto, Texas, Gardner finished her KU career with 1,516 points, 12th on the school’s all-time scoring list.