Former Washburn All-American Working Her Way Back

Former Washburn All-American Jennifer Harris is back into Topeka trying to work her way back to a professional career. Drafted by the Chicago Sky in 2006, Harris was released... then started a pro career in Turkey. Her bio from Washburn reads below:

Washburn’s Jennifer Harris, the 2005-06 WBCA/State Farm
Division II Player of the Year and MIAA Most Valuable Player, became the
conference’s first player selected in the Women’s National Basketball
Association Draft when she went in the second round as the 20th overall
pick to the expansion Chicago Sky. Harris will report to a rookie
orientation in Chicago on April 20 and start camp on April 23.

Harris was the first player from a Kansas or Missouri school selected in
the 2006 draft, and only one Big 12 Conference player, Baylor’s Sophia
Young (fourth overall to San Antonio), went before her. She also was the
first non-Division I player selected.

Harris is also trying to become the second player in MIAA history to
play in the WNBA, which enters its 10th season in 2006. Emporia State’s
Aneta Kausaite was signed to the WNBA player pool in 1998 and assigned
to the Detroit Shock, where she played 10 games and scored 14 points in
her only season. Like Chicago, Detroit was an expansion team when
Kausaite played for the Shock.

Harris was named the National Player of the Year by the Women’s Division
II Bulletin, the Daktronics, Inc., NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball
All-America team selected by members of CoSIDA (College Sports
Information Directors of America) and the Women's Basketball Coaches
Association Player of the Year as well. Harris took part in the "Night
of Stars" at the NCAA Division I Final Four on Saturday, April 1 and
scored 13 points off the bench.

Harris led the Lady Blues and NCAA Division II in scoring at 24.2 points
per game. He was named the player of the year in both the Mid-America
Intercollegiate Athletics Association and the South Central Region.

Harris went over the 20-point mark 15 times this past season including a
then-career-high 33 points against No. 2 ranked Drury on Dec. 17. She
scored a school-record 39 points against Northwest Missouri on Jan. 4,
with 22 points in the second half against the Bearcats. Against No. 3
Emporia State on Jan. 4, she scored 20 points in the final 9:23 of the
game finishing with 28 in the 72-70 win in Emporia. She scored 30 points
in the second half of WU’s 75-71 win over CMSU in MIAA championship game
and 30 of her 33 points against CMSU in the second half of the NCAA
South Central Regional Semifinals. Harris became the 19th Lady Blue to
go over the 1,000 point mark with her 28 points against Missouri
Southern. Her point total now finished at 1,314 points, which is 10th on
the all-time chart.

Her 797 points this season, which is the most in Washburn single-season
history and a new MIAA’s single season record passing Melissa Grider’s
of Missouri Southern who scored 737 points during the 1995-96 season.
Harris also broke MIAA records this season for the most field goals made
and attempted in a season.

In 2004-05, the junior led the Lady Blues in scoring with 14.4 points
per game and earned South Central Regional Most Valuable Player, as well
as honorable mention All-MIAA and named to the MIAA All-Tournament Team
helping the Lady Blues to the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship.


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