Fairfield's Jill Barta plans for 'laid-back' experience on WNBA draft night

Fairfield's Jill Barta plans for 'laid-back' experience on WNBA draft night

Heather Bowman signed with the Seattle Storm in 2010 and Shelby Cheslek played the preseason schedule and two regular-season games with the Phoenix Mercury in 2016.

Gulich is the fourth Oregon State player selected in the last three WNBA Drafts, joining Sydney Wiese, Ruth Hamblin and Jamie Weisner Scott. CT also selected 6-foot-2 California forward Mikayla Cowling in the third round.

Plenette Pierson announced that she would retire at last season's end, and Natasha Howard [Minnesota's first-round pick] was traded to Seattle over the winter - both were key frontline reserves last season.

With just 12 teams in the WNBA, it can be hard for second- and third-round draft picks to make rosters.

The Liberty picked 6-6 Tennessee center Mercedes Russell in the second round.

"We're excited with her versatility at the one and the two, her ability to really stretch the floor at the one (point guard) and two (shooting guard)", said Miller, who doubles as the Sun's general manager and head coach. "I feel the same way I did in high school and college".

"Just to hear the confirmation that you really are being drafted in the WNBA is surreal", Goodwin said.

Nurse was the third UConn player to be taken in the opening round. Possible candidates include UCLA's Jordin Canada, Duke's Lexie Brown or Diamond DeShields, the younger sister of Rangers outfielder Delino who spent the 2017-18 season playing professionally in Europe. The 6-foot-5 forward from SC swept every National Player of the Year award and became the first three-time SEC Player of the Year after averaging 22.6 points and 11.8 rebounds as a senior. The Huskies have had at least one player selected in the draft 19 times in the last 21 years, including a current 11-year streak. Among the other players on that list is Connecticut's current starting point guard Jasmine Thomas.

So I talked to my mom and wanted to help them in a way that also said thank you to the Columbia, South Carolina, community that has given me so much. "I want to become very consistent with my outside jump shot, people are going to play me for the drive. I'm excited for that and anxious to just start practicing and be there".

Wagner, a New Richland, Minn. native, finished her college career as the Gophers' third all-time leading scorer (2,215 points) and second in 3-pointers made (307). This season her 603 points ranked sixth all-time in a season. The Draft will also stream live on the ESPN App. She also earned the title from every media outlet who bestows it and was the Honda Sport Award victor for Basketball.

She solidified Minnesota's second NCAA tourney bid in her career by averaging 26.5 points to earn All-Big tournament honors. She also has an uncle and aunt who are rather famous - former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. "She's a great leader", Robinson said.

After all, her father Roscoe said, all this hoopla has become part of the territory for the 6-foot-5 superstar.

Atkins had been projected as the No. 10 pick or lower in most mock drafts; she said in a phone call Thursday from her home in Duncanville, Tex., that she was surprised to have been selected so high.



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