George Mason Alumna Plays in the WNBA
Posted: May 25, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Former George Mason University guard Jen Derevjanik, who graduated this spring with a BA in psychology, made the final cut and is playing with the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Connecticut Sun. Derevjanik becomes just the second player in Mason’s history to play in the WNBA. Keri Chaconas played for the Washington Mystics during the 1998 season under former Mason head coach Jim Lewis.
Derevjanik was invited to participate at the free agent camp April 21-22 at Connecticut College in New London, Conn., and was then chosen as one of the top 3, out of 39, to participate in the Sun’s training camp. Originally there were 18 players on the roster, but with cuts on May 4 and May 18, the Sun now has a complete final roster with 11 players and two injured reserve players. The Sun played its season opener on Saturday, losing to the Phoenix Mercury, 65-58.
“We are thrilled for Jen for this great opportunity to play in the WNBA,” says Debbie Tanneyhill, Mason head coach. “Making the team shows that Jen is very deserving of playing at this elite level, and it is very exciting that she will be able to represent Mason, as well as the Colonial Athletic Association, in the WNBA.”
Derevjanik started a school record 116 consecutive games for Mason and is among the top 5 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.