Former Patriot Wins WNBA Championship with Mercury

Posted: September 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Former Patriots standout Jen Derevjanik became just the third Mason alum to win an American professional sports title this week when her Phoenix Mercury team defeated the Detroit Shock to claim the 2007 WNBA Championship.

The Mercury’s 108-92 victory on Sunday gave it a 3-2 series victory over the Shock, the defending league champions.

Derevjanik, BA Psychology ’04, in her fourth year in the WNBA, helped lead the Phoenix Mercury to the best regular-season record in the Western Conference this season.

“This is Jen’s fourth year in the league and third time in the playoffs,” says Mason women’s basketball head coach Debbie Taneyhill, who coached Derevjanik during her four years in Fairfax.

“She has been very successful in her four years in the league and had the same kind of success here at George Mason. She has proven that she is a winner, and she continues to represent George Mason in a first-class manner, as she always has.”

Derevjanik was a part of the Connecticut Sun teams that finished as runner-up in the WNBA finals in 2004 and 2005. In 10 playoff games, Derevjanik has dished out 14 assists and grabbed five steals and four rebounds while averaging 8.5 minutes per game.

While at Mason, Derevjanik started a school record 116 consecutive games and is among the top five all-time in Mason’s history books in four categories, including third in both assists (469) and points (1,637). Derevjanik was also named to the 2004 Academic All-America Women’s Basketball District III University Division First Team and went on to earn conference All-Academic accolades for her efforts in the classroom.

Derevjanik was named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s All-Tournament Team and also received 2004 All-CAA First Team honors. She was named CAA Player of the Week twice during the 2003-04 campaign and earned Hawk Classic MVP honors.

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