TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – Eight Florida State Women’s Basketball players will represent seven different WNBA teams as the league began its training camps around the country on Sunday, gearing up for its 22nd season.
The Seminoles’ talented base around the league includes Natasha Howard (Seattle Storm; 2010-14), Adut Bulgak (Chicago Sky; 2014-16), Ivey Slaughter (Las Vegas Aces; 2013-17), Leticia Romero (Connecticut Sun; 2014-17), AJ Alix (Washington Mystics; 2017-18), Chatrice White (Phoenix Mercury; 2016-18), Imani Wright (Phoenix Mercury; 2015-18) and Shakayla Thomas (Los Angeles Sparks; 2014-18).
WNBA teams will make their final cut-downs to 12-player rosters on May 17 at 5 p.m. ET, one day before the league tips off on May 18. Pre-season games from May 6-13 will be an opportunity for each player to make an impact and get onto the 12-player roster.
Impressively, six members of Florida State Women’s Basketball’s past two graduating classes in 2017 and 2018 have earned spots at their respective WNBA training camps.
Howard begins her fifth WNBA season and is the longest-standing Seminole in the league, which was previously held by 11-year pro Roneeka Hodges. Howard, who is FSU’s all-time leader in double-doubles (41) and rebounds (1,047), won her first WNBA Championship last season with the Minnesota Lynx.
Bulgak enters her third year in the WNBA and her second with the Chicago Sky. The two-time All-American at Florida State was a force inside for the Garnet and Gold, averaging 8.7 rebounds in her two seasons in Tallahassee. Bulgak averaged 19.9 points and 8.7 rebounds for Elitzur Ramla of the Israel D1 League in 2017-18.
Slaughter will get an opportunity to represent a new franchise in the Las Vegas Aces. The Macon, Ga., native finished her four-year career in the Top 5 in school history in several categories, including steals (fourth – 222) and rebounds (fifth – 912). She spent the past year leading her Hungarian basketball team (Pinkk-Pesci 424) with 13.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 53.5 percent shooting.
Romero inked her rookie contract with the Connecticut Sun on Feb. 7, 2018, after committing to the Spanish Women’s National Team this past summer. The 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist is Florida State’s first three-time All-American, joined this past season by Shakayla Thomas. Romero played in both the Czech Republic League and the Euroleague this past year, leading her squad in assists in the Czech Republic League.
Alix was a vital addition this past off-season in helping the Seminoles to a 26-7 overall record. She became just the second Seminole to record 200+ assists in a season and had a positive assist/turnover ratio in 28 of her 32 games played. She will look to make Washington’s roster.
White and Wright will each attempt to continue their basketball careers together as teammates for the Mercury. In just two playing seasons with FSU, White generated 104 blocked shots. In her four-year collegiate career, which includes two seasons at Illinois, she totaled 37 double-doubles.
Wright leaves Florida State as perhaps the best 3-point shooter in program history along with Romero. This past season she obliterated the previous single-season record with 103 3-point makes, becoming just the fifth ACC player ever to record 100+ in a season.
Thomas will go down as one of the best players in FSU history. She finished second all-time in points and field goals made despite coming off the bench in her first two seasons. In her 135-game career, she totaled 28 20-point games, 16 double-doubles and 106 games with 10+ points.
In total, 17 FSU Women’s Basketball Alumna have been either drafted, signed and/or have played for a WNBA team.