Vanessa Hayden (basketball)
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June 5, 1982 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||William R. Boone High School|
|College||University of Florida|
|NBA Draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Lynx|
|2009||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Vanessa L'asonya Hayden-Johnson (born June 5, 1982), née Vanessa L'asonya Hayden, is a former American college and professional basketball player who was a center in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for five seasons in the 2000s. Hayden played college basketball for the University of Florida, and she played professionally for the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.
Hayden received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she played for the Florida Gators women's basketball team from 2000 to 2004. As a senior in 2004, she was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, SEC Defensive Player of the year, and a second-team All-American. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2004.
Following her collegiate career, she was selected 7th overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft. As a rookie in 2004, Hayden-Johnson averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. In 2005, she improved, averaging 7.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
The 2006 season was a struggle for the third-year center. After reporting to the pre-season training camp 20 pounds overweight, Hayden-Johnson lost her starting job early on and remained prone to foul trouble. With her minutes cut, she averaged 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Hayden-Johnson missed the entire 2007 WNBA season to give birth to her first child. She returned to action in 2008 as a reserve for the Lynx. On January 30, 2009 Hayden-Johnson was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks for Christi Thomas.
- 2004–06: CB Halcón Viajes (Spain)
- 2007–08: Beşiktaş Cola Turka (Turkey)
- 2008–09: Umana Reyer Venezia (Italy)
- WNBA Player Profile
- November 21, 2006 letter to the fans on her pregnancy
- Vanessa Hayden Seeks a New Beginning (Minnesota Public Radio)
- Hayden-Johnson traded to the Sparks for Thomas