Twenty former Pac-12 women’s basketball student-athletes were included in the opening-day rosters for the 2023 WNBA season, which began on Friday. Seven of the conference’s 12 members were represented, as well as nine of the 12 WNBA franchises.
The Pac-12 leads all leagues with 1.67 players per school on opening-day rosters, ahead of the Big Ten, Big East, ACC, and SEC. In addition to the former players on team rosters, the Pac-12 is one of two leagues with multiple alumnae as WNBA head coaches. UCLA’s Noelle Quinn is in her third season leading the Seattle Storm, while Stanford’s Vanessa Nygaard is in her second season with the Phoenix Mercury.
Other former Pac-12 players are also making their mark in the WNBA as assistant coaches, general managers, and administrative officers. The conference has had multiple players taken in every College Draft dating back to 1997.