April 30, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - After experiencing a breakout senior season leading the nationally-ranked University of Dayton women's basketball team to an NCAA Second Round appearance and a school record for wins, point guard Sam MacKay signed a contract with the WNBA's Seattle Storm. She becomes the first Flyer to sign with a team in the WNBA.
"I'm really happy for Sam and I could not be more proud of her," said UD Head Coach Jim Jabir. "This is a great opportunity for her and a milestone for our program. She has worked extremely hard to get this opportunity that most people can only dream of."
MacKay attended two of the top combines in New Orleans during the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four and attracted attention. She received a call from Storm Head Coach Brian Agler Tuesday morning after the WNBA draft inquiring about her plans to further her playing career.
MacKay has a huge week coming up.
Following her graduation from University of Dayton on Sunday, May 5 - with a degree in sports management and two minors; business administration and psychology - MacKay will report to training camp May 9 to compete for a spot on Seattle's roster.
"Just to know I have this opportunity to compete at this level is so amazing," said MacKay. "I owe it to all the coaches and everyone involved at the University of Dayton. I want to keep working hard and, ultimately, make this team."
The 2012-13 Flyers had a perfect 14-0 conference record and earned the program's first regular season Atlantic 10 championship title. They set the school-record for greatest number of wins in a season (28-3) since becoming a Division I program in 1986.
MacKay had a stellar senior season for the Flyers, starting in all 31 games, averaging a career-high 10.5 ppg. The co-captain led UD in assists with 4.9 per game and in free throw percentage (.867). MacKay was second for UD with 1.9 steals per game. She was named Third Team Atlantic 10 and also received All-America recognition from Full Court.
"This team has done amazing things for me and I attribute this opportunity to them and what we were able to accomplish this year; they are the best I could ask for, on and off the court," said MacKay. "They keep me young for sure and my love of the game is in full force."
MacKay was part of the Flyer senior class that became the first in UD program history to reach four consecutive NCAA Women's Basketball Tournaments. Her class amassed 97 victories and had a 46-10 record (.821 winning percentage) in Atlantic 10 games. She was part of the program's first A-10 Tournament Championship (2012) and A-10 Regular Season Championship (2013).
This past season the Flyers were ranked for 18 consecutive weeks in both the USA Today Coaches and AP Top 25 polls, reaching as high as No. 11 in both, which is a program record.
ESPN's Charlie Creme has the Flyers at No. 14 in his 2013-14 preseason rankings. The incoming freshman class is ranked No. 20 in the nation by All-Star Girls Report, the highest ranking ever for the UD women's basketball program.