South Carolina women's basketball prepares its players for competition at the next level - USA Basketball and the WNBA. Shannon Johnson Originally drafted by the Columbus Quest of the American Basketball League in 1997, Shannon Johnson signed with the WNBA’s Orlando Miracle in 1998 after the ABL folded, becoming the first former Gamecock in the WNBA. In her 11th season in the league, Johnson signed with the Seattle Storm in 2009 after stints with the Miracle, Connecticut Sun, San Antonio Stars, Detroit Shock and Houston Comets. The four-time All-Star has posted 10.1 points and 4.1 assists per game over her career while starting 289 of 348 games played. Shaunzinski Gortman The first SEC player taken in the 2002 WNBA Draft, Shaunzinski Gortman was selected by the Charlotte Sting with the ninth overall pick then shipped to the Minnesota Lynx as part of a draft-day trade. Following a two-year stint with the Lynx, she spent part of 2004 with the Washington Mystics before playing overseas for Maccabi Ashdod in the Israel Pro League in 2005. Gortman spent three seasons total in Israel before heading to Spain for the 2008-09 season, during which she averaged 8.9 points and 5.2 rebounds for Hondarribia- Irun. Jocelyn Penn Drafted by the Charlotte Sting with the ninth overall pick of the 2003 WNBA Draft, Jocelyn Penn played for the Washington Mystics and the San Antonio Silver Stars during her career. In 31 games with the Mystics and Silver Stars, Penn averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game before being hampered with right shoulder tendinitis/bursitis. She continued her basketball career overseas, playing in Croatia, Poland, Sweden and Turkey, where she led her Burhaniye Belediyesi team with 17.9 points per game in 2008-09 and earned second-team All-Turkish TBBL and Turkish TBBL All-Defensive Team honors. Petra Ujhelyi The only former Gamecock to win a WNBA title, Petra Uhjelyi was originally drafted as the No. 16 overall pick of the Phoenix Mercury in 2003. Following the draft, she was traded to the Detroit Shock, which went on to win the 2003 WNBA championship. Ujhelyi played in 14 games during the team’s 24-10 season. Since the 2003 championship season, Ujhelyi has helped Anda Ramat Hasharon of the Israel Pro League to a pair of Israeli Cup titles and a third-place finish in the 2006 EuroCup. She has also played on teams in Spain and Turkey, including spending the 2008-09 season with the Spanish team Rivas Ec?polis. Ujhelyi also represented her homeland as part of Hungary’s national team in the EuroBasket Women 2009 qualifier. Other Notable Alumnae Demetress Adams (2009) is playing professional basketball overseas.
Brionna Dickerson (2009) is an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Heathwood Hall in Columbia.
Ilona Burgrova (2008) is continuing her graduate work at the University.
Larissa Kulcsar Simon (2006) is a financial manager at Collexis Holdings, Inc.
Kelly Morrone (2004) is an assistant coach at Davidson College.
Shaunzinski Gortman (2002) is professionally overseas after spending five years in the WNBA.
Shannon Segres (2002) is a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Casie Key Butler (2000) works in the Richland One School District.
Nikki Miars (1998) is a high school head coach.
Shannon Johnson (1996) is a four-time WNBA All-Star who continues to play in the league.
Cindy Kelly (1996) is a high school head coach.
Karen Middleton (1991) is the head women’s basketball coach at Western Carolina University.
Martha Parker Hester (1989) practices family medicine in Columbia.
Sharon Rivers (1983) is a territory sales manager for Phillip Morris USA.
Lisabeth Conklin Boudreaux (1982) is a pharmacist
. Sheila Foster (1982) teaches high school.