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By Hannah Marr, News Editor • June 21, 2024

Seniors aim to play professionally

Senior Sarah-Jo Lawrence was not selected for the WNBA draft April 9 but may still end up in the league. The Washington Mystics offered Lawrence a tryout last week and she has worked out for the team every day for the past week. She said she has survived the first few cuts but does not know when the roster will be finalized.

Teammate Kim Beck is in a similar situation out West, where she is trying to make the roster of the Seattle Storm. Beck was taken in the third round of the draft but is not guaranteed a final spot. The team made its first cut Saturday and Beck does not expect the roster to be finalized for a while.

Beck will travel to Chicago to face the Sky (and former GW player Cathy Joens) April 30 in a preseason contest.

“I feel good with this team, with coach (Brian Agler),” Beck said Sunday afternoon. “You never really know what they need, how many people they’re taking. I have to just bring on the heat everyday.”

Senior Whitney Allen is also looking to play professionally, but she is looking overseas. Allen said she has no finalized plans as of yet, and GW coach Joe McKeown and former teammates are helping her find opportunities outside the U.S.

If Lawrence does not make the Mystics, she still has a spot at GW. The Academic All-American was selected as a Presidential Academic Fellow – a highly selective program that offers free tuition and housing to graduate students while they work at the University. Lawrence said she will be a PAF studying sports management, even if she makes the Mystics.

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