Northwestern’s Veronica Burton has declared for the 2022 WNBA Draft.

In a statement on Twitter, Burton said that Northwestern “has exceeded every expectation of what I wanted my college basketball experience to be like.”

“I am beyond thankful to have been able to attend and play at a school that compares to none,” she wrote.

Burton was one of the nation’s best players in 2022. Through 29 games, she averaged 17.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 4.0 steals. As a result, she became the first Northwestern women’s basketball player to be named to an AP All-America team, earning Third Team honors.

She was also an All-Big Ten selection, earning First Team honors and won her third consecutive Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award.

With her declaration, Burton becomes one of the top prospects for the 2022 WNBA Draft, which is scheduled to take place April 11 in New York City.

Northwestern stunned No. 4 Michigan in a Big Ten matchup on Sunday, making a late defensive stop to knock off the Wolverines 71-69 in double overtime.

Michigan looked poised for a comeback after forcing overtime, with senior guard Danielle Rauch hitting a 3-pointer deep into the fourth quarter to cut Northwestern’s lead to 58-56. Rauch then tied the game at the free-throw line with seven seconds left in regulation.

Northwestern hung on despite squandering the lead in the final minutes of regulation, grinding out the win at home.

Veronica Burton led the Wildcats down the stretch, finishing the game with 13 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. Jillian Brown had a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds for Northwestern, while Courtney Shaw added 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Wildcats held Michigan’s Naz Hillmon to 16 points, below her 20-point average on the season. Northwestern also forced 19 Michigan turnovers, making the difference in the back-and-forth matchup.

Michigan has not lost two straight conference games after falling to Michigan State on Thursday. The Wolverines are 11-3 in the Big Ten and 20-4 overall, while Northwestern improved to 6-5 in conference play.

The Wildcats next faces No. 7 Indiana on Thursday in Bloomington, Ind. Michigan hosts No. 15 Maryland next Sunday.