NEW YORK -- Columbia's Judie Lomax, the NCAA Division I rebounding champion in each of the last two seasons, has signed a professional contract with the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association, as announced by the team on Friday. Lomax will join the Sun at the team's training camp, which will begin on Monday, April 26.
In signing the contract with the Sun, Lomax foregoes her final semester of eligibility to pursue a professional career. Ivy League eligibility rules restrict a student-athlete to eight semesters, unless there is academic need for a ninth.
"I am very excited that Judie has been afforded this opportunity with the WNBA," head coach Paul Nixon says. "I know that she will take the same level of effort, her outstanding work ethic and her tremendous passion for the game that she always displayed when playing for Columbia to the Connecticut Sun."
"What she accomplished as a member of our team is unprecedented, both at Columbia and nationally," Nixon continued. "She elevated our program to a new level of competitiveness, and that is what she came here to do."
Lomax concludes her career at Columbia ranked second in career rebounding, as she accumulated 799 rebounds in just two seasons of play. Her 27 rebounds in the season finale against Brown on March 6 broke the single-game school record of 23, which she had set earlier in the season against St. Francis (N.Y.).
The Washington, D.C. native also ranks 10th all-time in scoring at Columbia with 918 points, with her 521 points in the 2009-10 campaign standing second in the single-season annals.
The 5-11 forward became the school's first ever Ivy League Player of the Year in 2009-10, and was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American and to the All-Metropolitan Writers first team.
Lomax was a vital cog in a Columbia unit that set a school record with 18 victories, and finished third in the Ivy League with a 9-5 record.
A strong student who was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-Academic District I Second Team this past winter, Lomax is just shy of graduating from Barnard College with a degree in psychology and will walk at graduation this May.
"Because she is also such a strong student very close to graduating, it forced her to make a very difficult choice with only one semester of Ivy eligibility remaining," Nixon says. "She will be sorely missed, but I am proud that she has taken her game to the professional level. This is something she has worked toward for many years and she deserves this chance."