UCLA alumnae Lisa Willis and Nikki Blue are with new teams for the 2010 WNBA season. Willis signed with the Los Angeles Sparks on May 11, returning to the team that drafted her No. 5 overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft. She joins former UCLA teammate Noelle Quinn, who is in her second year with the Sparks and fourth year in the league. Blue was traded on May 12 from the Washington Mystics to the New York Liberty for Ashley Houts.
Willis has played in 84 career games and had her best season in 2008 with the New York Liberty, averaging 5.6 points per game off the bench, with a career-high of 22 points at Houston on Sept. 2, 2008. Blue has played in 96 games in her four-year professional career and is averaging 3.0 points and 1.8 assists per game. Blue was drafted in 2006 by the Mystics as the 19th overall pick.
Willis and Blue are considered to be amongst UCLA's all-time greats in women's basketball. They helped lead the Bruins to the 2006 Pac-10 Conference Tournament championship, with Willis nabbing MVP honors. Willis ranks as UCLA's all-time three-point leader (256) and the Pac-10's all-time steals leader (368). She left UCLA ranked ninth on the school scoring list with 1,677 points. Blue was just the fifth player in Pac-10 history to earn first-team all-conference honors four straight years. She finished her career ranked fifth on UCLA's all-time scoring list (1,797 points), second in assists (602) and third in steals (352).