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Former Missouri star Sophie Cunningham makes Phoenix Mercury’s season-opening roster

Sophie Cunningham on getting drafted by Phoenix

Former Missouri star Sophie Cunningham talks about being drafted by the Phoenix Mercury.
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Former Missouri star Sophie Cunningham talks about being drafted by the Phoenix Mercury.

Shortly after the Phoenix Mercury took Sophie Cunningham in the second round of April’s WNBA Draft, she didn’t have much to say when told of her difficult odds of making the roster as a second-round choice.

“I don’t care,” she said of the odds.

Cunningham proved on Thursday that it doesn’t matter where you go, but what you make of it, as the Mercury included her on the team’s season-opening roster. The Mercury open the season on Sunday against the Seattle Storm, the defending WNBA champion.

In two preseason games for Phoenix, Cunningham averaged 9.5 points while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three. On May 15, Cunningham hit a game-winning three against the Seattle Storm in an 87-84 win.

At MU, Cunningham led the Tigers to four straight NCAA Tournaments and finished her career as the program’s career leading scorer with 2,187 points.

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Alex Schiffer has been covering the Missouri Tigers for The Star since October 2017. He came in second place for magazine-length feature writing by the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association in 2018 and graduated from Mizzou in 2017.

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