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LSU guard Raigyne Louis (11) thanks LSU fans for the support as her time at LSU comes to a close following their win over Alabama, Sunday, February 25, 2018, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. LSU beat Alabama 79-78 in overtime.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

With the 25th pick in the WNBA draft, the Las Vegas Aces selected Raigyne Louis from LSU.

The driving force behind LSU women’s basketball’s success this season as the only senior on the team is headed to the pros after being drafted with the first pick of the third round of Thursday night’s draft.

At 5-foot-10, Louis isn’t the biggest player heading to the next level, but she went down as one of the best in Lady Tigers history. She is the only LSU player to produce at least 1,600 points, 700 rebounds, 300 assists and 250 steals in her career.

Louis was a two-time all-SEC selection and the 2016-17 SEC Defensive Player of the Year. She finished with 1,681 points, 726 boards, 355 assists and 298 steals. As a senior, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native averaged 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

“First of all, I just want to thank God for this opportunity,” Louis said in a news release. “It is an amazing blessing to be able to continue my basketball career at the next level, and I look forward to getting started with the Las Vegas Aces.” 

This is LSU’s first WNBA draft pick since Theresa Plaisance went to the Tulsa Shock in the third round of the 2014 draft. To date, Louis is the 18th Lady Tiger to ever reach the professional level of the sport and the third to have played under coach Nikki Fargas.

Along with Plaisance, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles are the only former LSU players still in the league.

Louis won’t be the only new face in Las Vegas this season after the team moved from San Antonio. They had been in Texas since 2003.

The franchise has not reached the playoffs since 2014 and won its only Western Conference championship in 2008.

Louis will be joined by a pair of Southeastern Conference talents, including South Carolina forward A’Ja Wilson, who was the first overall selection in the draft, and Jaime Nared from Tennessee in the second round.

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