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Former Texas Longhorns standout inks WNBA contract

Former Texas Longhorns forward Joyner Holmes has signed with the New York Liberty.

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas women's basketball forward Joyner Holmes has signed with the WNBA's New York Liberty

Holmes was selected with the 19th overall pick in the second round of the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, but was waived on May 26 for the league's roster finalization deadline. 

Before the 2020 WNBA draft, 10 women's basketball players in UT history had been drafted to the WNBA, according to Texas Athletics:

  • 1999 Edna Campbell round one, 10th pick to Phoenix Mercury
  • 2000 Edwina Brown round one, third pick to Detroit Shock 
  • 2004 Stacy Stephens round three, 37th pick to Houston Comets 
  • 2005 Jamie Carey round three, 31st pick to Phoenix Mercury 
  • *2005 Heather Schreiber round three, 39th pick to Los Angeles Sparks
  • 2007 Tiffany Jackson round one, fifth pick to New York Liberty
  • 2010 Brittainey Raven round three, 33rd pick to Atlanta Dream 
  • 2015 Nneka Enemkpali round three, 26th pick to Seattle Storm
  • 2016 Imani McGee-Stafford round one, 10th pick to Chicago Sky
  • 2018 Ariel Atkins round one, seventh pick to Washington Mystics


WNBA Draft: Texas Longhorns forward Joyner Holmes headed to Seattle Storm

'24 forever' | Texas Longhorns senior basketball player honors Kobe Bryant's legacy

KVUE profiled Holmes in March when the former Longhorn standout spoke on Kobe Bryant's influence on her as a basketball player in the wake of Bryant's tragic death. 

In fact, because of him, she wears the number 24.

"That was the only person I just adored," Holmes told KVUE at the time.

In her time at Texas, Holmes played in 114 career games with 92 starts. She finished her Texas career ranked No. 29 in the school's history. She scored 1,270 points. 

Holmes earned recognition from All-Big 12 teams three times in her career: 2017 first team, 2019 honorable mention and 2020 honorable mention. She was also the 2017 Freshman of the Year in the Big 12 Conference.


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