Apr 14, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT
The CAA has seen a number of women’s basketball student-athletes drafted in the WNBA annual draft, most recently the Chicago Sky selected CAA All-Star and three-time CAA Player of the Year Elena Delle Donne just a year ago as the No. 2 overall pick.
Tonight, April 14th, ESPN2 will air the 2014 WNBA Draft live. Over the past 16 years, the league has seen 14 players drafted to the WNBA. Old Dominion’s Ticha Penicheiro was the first CAA player to be selected in 1998, as she was picked in the first round by the Sacramento Monarchs. Teammate Nyree Roberts also was drafted that same year in the second round by the Houston Comets. The following year, ODU’s Mery Andrade was selected in the second round by the Cleveland Rockers.
It was a few years of draft drought, before the CAA and Old Dominion were well represented in the 2002 WNBA Draft when a league-high four players were selected — all Lady Monarchs — Hamchetou Maiga (, 1st round, Sacramento Monarchs), Lucienne Berthieu ( 2nd round, Seattle Storm), Sharron Francis (4th round, Minnesota Lynx) and Tiffany Thompson (4th round, Los Angeles Sparks).
In 2007, the league saw its first non-ODU player drafted as Delaware’s Tyresa Smith was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the second round. The following year (2008) the league was proud to see another pair of players hit the hardwood as James Madison’s Tamera Young (1st round, Atlanta Dream) and VCU’s Krystal Vaugh (3rd round, Washington Mystics) names were announced. Young is still playing to this day as she is on the Chicago Sky squad with Delle Donne.
Since 2008, VCU also saw Quanitra Hollingsworth (1st round, Minnesota Lynx) and Courtney Hurt (3rd round, Indiana Fever) drafted in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean was also selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the third round in 2010.
So will any of the great CAA candidates of 2014 be selected this evening? We will be watching ESPN2 awaiting some CAA familiar names to be called tonight and hope you will be too.
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