Arike Ogunbowale honored by DSHA: “That’s where I learned to dream…”
DSHA retired Arike Ogunbowale’s No. 24 jersey, inducted her into their sporting half of fame and named her their young alumna of the year.
It’s not just Arike. Wisconsin State has produced a number of superb basketball players to appear (or be drafted) into the WNBA, including three in 2019 alone (all of whom remain in the league). These are the players.
Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels)
You already know her. The Dallas Wings star won the WNBA scoring title in 2020 and won the All-League First Team, then followed that up with a second team selection in 2021. The two-time WNBA star had a Final Four for the Ages by leading Notre Dame to the 2018 NCAA Championship, then was selected with the fifth pick of the 2019 Draft. She starred in “Dancing with the Stars” and remains, at 25, one of the faces of basketball feminine.
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Janel McCarvilleStevens Point
If there’s another WNBA Wisconsinite to know about, it’s probably McCarville, the Charlotte Sting’s first 2005 draft pick after a decorated career at the University of Minnesota. She played nine seasons in the league with Charlotte, New York and Minnesota, winning the 2013 championship with the Lynx. She averaged double figures in three seasons with the Liberty and played in 286 games.
Mistie Bass (Janesville Parker)
One of the greatest in Wisconsin basketball history, Bass played at Duke and was selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the 21st pick in the 2006 draft (then traded to Houston). His career included stops in Chicago, Connecticut and Phoenix, with 285 games played and 4.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. She was part of the 2014 Mercury Champion Team.
Anna De Forge (Niagara)
Although she was not drafted from Nebraska, she again played for Detroit, Phoenix, Indiana, Minnesota and Detroit for eight seasons beginning in 2000, earning a star nomination in 2007 while playing for the Indiana Fever. She averaged double-digit scores four times and finished with 237 games played, the last in 2009.
Natisha Hiedeman (Green Bay Southwest)
The Marquette University star was taken 18th by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2019 draft, but her WNBA career began with the Connecticut Sun in 2019, where she remained for three seasons. She appeared with the Sun in the 2019 WNBA Finals, a 3-2 loss to the Washington Mystics, and the Sun had the best record in the league in 2021.
Megan Gustafson (South Shore)
The 2019 Naismith Iowa Player of the Year was chosen with the 17th pick by the Dallas Wings in 2019, and she made three saves with the Wings, Mystics and Phoenix Mercury during her career. She gets 7.9 minutes per game for the Mercury in 2022.
Sonja HenningRacine Horlick
The Stanford standout is one of Wisconsin high school basketball’s greatest, and was taken 24th by the Houston Comets in 1999 during the early days of the WNBA. She was part of the Stanford Championship in 1990 and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1991, then left basketball for several years before returning to play in the American Basketball League in 1996 and being drafted in 1999 at age 29. She played five seasons. more than four saves, but found himself president of the players’ association before returning after the 2003 season. She finished her prep career as the all-time leading women’s scorer in state history with 2,236 points ( before the 3-point line, no less).
Tamara Moore (University of Wisconsin)
The Minnesota native was selected with the 15th pick in the 2002 draft by the Miami Sol and played four seasons in the league. She averaged 7.2 points per game over 31 games with two teams as a rookie in 2002.
Jolene Anderson (South Shore)
The all-time leading scorer in University of Wisconsin history, Anderson was selected with the 23rd pick in the 2008 draft by the Connecticut Sun. She played in 24 games that year, averaging 4.0 points per game in her only WNBA season.
Julie Wojta (Mishicot)
The UW-Green Bay standout was won by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2012 draft (18th). She only played briefly in July 2012 before starting a career overseas; the former Horizon League Player of the Year became the first UWGB player to be drafted by a WNBA team.
Keisha Anderson (Root Park)
After her time at the University of Wisconsin, she saw time over three seasons (2000-02) with Washington and Charlotte, appearing in 55 games.
Robin Threatt-Elliott (University of Wisconsin)
The Iowa native played 20 games with the Seattle Storm in 2000. She is No. 4 on the UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,901 points.
Chandra Johnson (Eau Claire North)
The UW-Green Bay player appeared in eight games for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2003, becoming the first Phoenix player to appear in a WNBA game.
After: Johnson gives back to basketball camp
Angela Jackson (West Allis Central)
She was selected out of Texas with the 33rd pick in 1998 and appeared in seven games.
She was also Horizon Player of the Year with UWGB, in 2017, then was drafted with the 27th pick by the Washington Mystics. She did not, however, play in the WNBA.
Rosalind Ross (Milwaukee Bradley Tech)
Selected with the 16th pick in 2002 by the Los Angeles Sparks of Oklahoma, she did not play in the WNBA after experiencing knee problems. She helped lead Oklahoma to the 2002 NCAA Championship Game for the first time in program history, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. She scored 26 points in the semi-final win over Duke. Ross was tragically killed in Milwaukee in 2010.
Jerica Watson (Milwaukee Washington)
Selected 45th in 2002 by the Miami Sol of Iowa but did not play in the WNBA.
LaTonya Sims (Root Park)
After her career at the University of Wisconsin (she remains the sixth-highest scorer in program history), Sims was signed by the Minnesota Lynx but did not make the roster.