Thanks to Minnesota Lynx guard Katie
Smith and the draft picks who were in attendance... Kendra Wecker, Tan White,
Janel McCarville, Sandora Irvin, Kara Braxton, Katie Feenstra, Temeka Johnson,
Jacqueline Batteast and more!
Hi Janel! I was wondering how you feel your style will fit
into the wnba game, and what will you miss most about the college game especially
playing for the Minnesota Gophers? Janel
I think my style will fit very appropriately. The WNBA needs great
passers and rebounders. We already have great scorers. What I'll miss most about
college is my teammates and the camaraderie we had.
Janel - What will it be like to play and live somewhere outside
of Minnesota/Wisconsin? Janel
It'll be interesting. My first time moving away from close to
home. Definitely looking forward to it.
Hey Janel, Will you look forward to playing in the East againist Lindsay
Yes, it's an opportunity to play against her. I've known her for
a long time, and for the most part, it will be fun.
Janel, who are looking foward to playing against and with in
the wnba? Janel
I am definitely looking forward to playing with Dawn Staley. She
has done so much for women's basketball as a coach and player and I can't wait
to meet her.
Rob (Carson City):
How's it feel to join Taurasi, Bird and other great players as a No. 1 overall
It's definitely an honor. All of those players have had great
college careers. They are talented and have a lot of great years ahead of them.
It's an honor to be among them. Moderator:
Here come Tan White...
Tan how does it fill to be the #2 pick of the draft. What do you
think wil be your biggest adjustment. Tan
I guess adjusting my style of play and what is needed. I'm a shooter,
Tan, what will it feel like to be playing with Tamika Catching? Tan
This is another opportunity for me to play with a great player. I played
with LaToya Thomas, so it will be great to play with Catchings, someone who I
played against when she was at Tennessee.
from Lisboa, Portugal:
Tan White, what a great name! And a great player, too.
Did you ever get frustrated that your school in college did not get the success
that you wanted or the exposure that you as such a great player deserved? How
did you stay positive? Tan
Yes, it was always frustrating. My chances were slim and I didn't get
the attention all the time. Regardless of it all, I got some publicity, so it
Dereck (Cordova, TN):
Tan: What a great career at MSU and in the SEC. You and Latoya have brought the
recognition to the State of Mississippi that it deserves. Two questions, what
are you most looking forward to in the WNBA? and what advice, if any, has Latoya
given you for play at the next level? Tan
I haven't really talked to her much because she has been overseas.
But she told me to come in and stay focused and play my game.
Tan, congrats on being the #2 pick. With you and Tameka Catchings
on the same team is it going be hard for you not being the the #1 option like
you was in high school and college? Tan
No, I was the number two option with LaToya. She was tying to make
me better and I made her better so I think we can definitely adjust and make each
other better in Indiana. Katie
Here comes Sandora...
Sandora how do you think playing with Diani Taurasi help your
overall game next year in the WNBA? Sandora
Man, I don't know. I can't wait to play with her. I have never been
with someone that good. I am definitely looking forward to her leadership. She
is very smart and a great player even though she's only been in the league one
year. I think she can definitely help my game.
Sandora Irvin, everyone knows how great your defense is and
about your ability to block shots, but what kind of offensive skills will you
bring to your new team? Sandora
I'm very versatile. I can get inside and post up really well. I can
also take it outside and shoot the three and the 15-foot jumper. I can do things
that a lot of people can't do. To be successful in this league, you have to be
versatile like Swin Cash and Tina Thompson.
Sandora, congrats on being the #3 pick do you think you will
be able to block 16 shots in a WNBA game like you did in college last year? (I
think you can) Sandora
Definitely. It's the same game. Same ball, same game. I'm just going
to go at it. I can only get better in Phoenix. This ability that I have is something
that I will always have. I'm here to take over games and block shots. That's why
I was drafted. Katie
Kendra Wecker is here...
Kendra we'll miss you at KSU! What is going to be the biggest
challenge for you as you switch to a full time wing as expected? Kendra
I think defensively will be the biggest challenge. I've been playing
post defense my entire career. Now I'll adjust and play perimeter defense.
Congrats, Kendra. So what's it like being up there with Katie,
whose award, The First Annual Katie Smith Award, you won this year? A lot of people
say your games are similar. What do you think? Kendra
I actually found out about the award at the Final Four. Katie is a
great player and I've been watching film on her in college. To see her play with
a former teammate of mine, Nicole Ohlde, in Minnesota is great...
Kendra congrats, what position do you see your self playing
in the league a 3 or more of a 2? Kendra
A 4?... A three, though I'm not sure where I'll play at the next level.
I'm just looking forward to extending my game to the perimeter at the next level.
Kendra! As a Lynx fan, I was hoping you could play up here with Nicole Ohlde,
but I am glad you are playing closer to home. I think the Silver Stars have a
really good future now with you there! Are you looking forward to playing in the
West? Do you have any advice for your former K-State teammates? Kendra
Definitely looking forward to playing in the west with Ohlde. Advice...
continue to work hard and be really excited about next season. They have a great
future ahead of them... and of course to come watch the matchup when I play Nicole.
Seth (Fort Worth, TX):
Kendra how will you adjust from playing at Kansas State to playing the physicalness
of the WNBA? Steffanie
Hopefully I'm phsyically going in well. I don't consider myself
a weak player, but it will be a huge adjustment... Katie
She was a Punt-Pass-Kick champ, BABY. She can do it all. Katie
Sancho is here now...
Sancho, are you excited about staying in Houston< Sancho
I am so excited. I'm from there. I have nowhere to go. No need to
travel or go anywhere. Katie
Have you been to Comets games? Sancho
Yes, I got to see a game a few years ago. It was fun and I can't wait
to play with them.
Sancho Congradulations! What position will you think you will take
over or what role do you think you will play? Sancho
I think I'll be a 4 or a 5. I'm just going to play the best I can
and do what I did at U of H... rebound, block shots and run the floor a little
Sancho - Van Chancellor demands great things from great players. Are you ready
for Houston? Sancho
I am ready for that. Sometimes he'd come to the school because he
is great friends with the coach. I'm just trying to fit in because they have great
players in Thompson and Swoopes, so I am looking forward to playing along side
Sancho, congrats on going down the street to the comets. How do you think it will
benifit you not having to move across country to play pro basketball? Sancho
I want to move to Houston and not move around. Staying there, I can
get accustomed to what is happening and what is going on. Moving would have meant
to start all over again, but no need to find my way around the city or anything
Congrats Sancho! We are so excited to have you in Houston and look forward to
seeing you! How do you think you will assist the Comets to improve their game
and get us back to the playoffs? Sancho
I'm just there to do my best - rebound, get open looks for teammates.
I'm a rebounder and can see the people up the floor. If they like to run, we'll
be in free... Katie
The little one, Temeka is here now...
Tameka, what will you miss most about Lousiania and moving to
a place like Washington DC to be a mystic? Temeka
No doubt I'll miss the food. and my family, teammates and the family
that I built at LSU.
Temeka, when you were playing at Bonnabel, did you ever think you
would be a top 10 pick in the draft Temeka
To be honest, no I didn't. I am the kind of person that takes one
thing at a time. When I was there, I was just focused on the college level.
Temeka what do you think is your best asset to a young team
like the mystics will be? Temeka
Just my determination and hard work, my work ethic. and we'll go
Seth (Ft Worth):
Tameka, you were a tremendous leader at Louisiana State U, can you bring that
leadership and toughness to a bunch of veterans and other players on your new
Yes, I've always been a leader. Leadership qualities are something
that I bring. I can bring them to my new team along with the things I picked up
along the way. Moderator:
Kara B, What's up girl. Your little one is adorable. You must be so proud.
So how are you feeling now and who will take care of him when you are gone? Good
luck to you and Odell. Kara
I'm excited and so happy that this worked out for me. My mom will
be taking care of him when I'm playing. Another plus is that I am from 30 minutes
from Detroit, in Jackson. It's great!
Kara congrats on going to Detroit and also congrats on your
new baby (Born in January I believe) how you think playing for guys like Rick
Mahorn and Bill Lambierr will help you overall game since they both were great
post players? Kara
That's nothing but good for me. It's just a plus because they were
post players and can help us a lot at the position.
How much better will you think you will get by going up against
players like Swin Cash everyday in practice? Kara
It'll be great to have that competition every day in practice. It
only gets you ready for upcoming games so it's a big plus. Moderator:
Katie Feenstra on the way.
Katie Feenstra when did you start playing basketball and did you ever think you
would make it this far? Katie
I didn't start playing until 7th grade and I had no idea I'd make
it this far. It's just something I picked up and it brought me a long way.
Katie Feenstra, You're the first female athlete from Liberty to go pro. How does
that make you feel? Katie
It's amazing. These past few weeks have been great. The Sweet 16
was out Cinderella Story. and now the WNBA. I'm putting Liberty on the map and
giving them a name.
Katie, you brought great things to the table at Liberty, what do you
think you are bringing to the wnba? Dou you think you still have something to
Hopefully a reliable post player that can play strong, post up and
get rebounds. I want to be as coachable as possible so I can be a better basketball
Katie congrats on going to the Sun. How do you think playing in that high scoring
offense with players like Linsday Whalen and Nekisha Sales will help you in your
early career? Katie
I think they are great players who will pass me the ball and make
great decisions. I'm excited to play with the top of the top and the best of the
And Kristin Haynie...
My question is for Kristin Haynie. Kristin, what will it
be like coming in as a rookie point guard, a player that needs to be a leader
on the floor? How do you get veterans who have been in the league to listen to
you out there? Kristin
It's not going to be difficult. Kara Lawson to help me work will be
great and college helped me and prepared me to be a great leader on the floor.
Jeremy (Mason, MI):
- Congrats on putting Mason, MI on the map. You had an awesome year in East Lansing.
What makes you capable of succeeding at the next level? Kristin
Just my hard work. I just love getting my teammates the ball and making
them look good.
Kristen, what role do you see yourself playing as a rookie and
what are you most looking forward to about playing in your new city? Kristin
It's going to be great in Sacramento. California... warm weather.
Playing with Kara Lawson and Yolanda Griffith will be great. I can't wait for
an exciting summer. Katie
How do you look in purple? Kristin
We'll see... I won't look too bad... Katie
TEAMMATES NOW. Kristen Mann!!!
Kristin congrats on going to the Lynx, do you think you can
lead the league in assist if you pass the ball to Katie smith on every possession?
Oh for sure. Come on now! With Katie, Tamika and Ohlde, we'll be alright.
We got a whole crew now!
Kristen, as a west coaster, how will you feel away from the beaches
of California for long stretches of time in the summers? Do you like to surf?
There are lakes... It'll be different than California, but I'm excited
to go someplace new. Katie
I'll take care of you.
Welcome to the LYNX! What can Minnesota fans expect for you
to bring this season? Kristen
Hmmmm. I'm a California kid. Put it that way.
Do you think you can beat Katie Smith in Horse a couple times
this summer in practice? Kristen
I'm not a good trash talker. I can't do it. Katie
Yeah, me neither.
Hi Kristen! Congratulations! What are you looking forward
to most about the WNBA? Good thing the season is in the summer so you won't totally
freeze in Minnesota! Kristen
I'd say the competition. I know it will be a tough change and difficult
to adjust to, but I'm looking forward. Moderator:
Katie and Kristen are now talking about places to live... Katie
Ok, that's the first round... there are still some people here. Not
too many surprises. Teams got what they needed. Teams that already had some bigs
got some more... they need to share the wealth. Moderator:
And so, the last pick of the first round is... Dionnah Jackson. Oklahoma.
Dionnah, you were a fantastic leader at OU. You can score, rebound,
pass, and basically do everything. Will you be able to bring that to the WNBA?
I'm prepared to do whatever I have to do. I know it's a tough challenge.
Scoring in such a competitive league will be tough, so I'm focused on bringing
tough defense to the WNBA.
Dionnah, how do it feel moving to the big city? Dionnah
It wont be a big adjust ment because I'm from St. Louis. It's a big
city, but Detroit is busier and I'm excited for the new chapter in my life to
Renny - hope, AK:
Dionnah Jackson, you are truly a wonderful athlete and were a joy to watch perform
in college. What will it be like going up against bigger and stronger players
now? How will it affect your game? Dionnah
I know that I will have to adjust, but I will try to keep that attack
mentality. I'm ready to learn as much as possible. That's my objective going into
Dionnah, Are you excited about playing for the Shock? Also are you looking forward
to playing with Swin Cash? Dionnah
Definitely looking forward to playing with the team. They run, are
athletic and Swin Cash is a great athlete and player. I remember playing her twice
my freshman year in college, once in the championship game, so I'm looking forward
to playing with her.
Dionnah, you are truly a beautiful young women, if you ever need
a date in Detroit you can always call on me. Dionnah
Thanks, I'm flattered. I'm looking forward to coming to Detroit.
which position do you think you'll play in Detroit? what's your natural position?
I've played the point guard for the longest and I'm most comfortable
there. I have no idea where they'll put me in the league. I'm prepared for any
situation, so we'll see. Moderator:
And we're now ready for Round Two... Katie
ROUND TWO! It's ONNNN. Moderator:
Shyra Ely was the first pick in round two and will join us in a second or two.
Get those questions ready...
Shyra, what do you think will be your biggest adjustment going
to the WNBA Shyra
Probably just the business aspect of it. Knowing that it's a job - the
real world. I need to have some professionalism and a sense of self.
Shyra you had a lot of experience being a Tennessee Lady Vol.
How will that experience pay off in the WNBA? Shyra
I think that I've been put in certain situations guarding the best players
on the best teams. We blew teams out, we won, we pulled out close ones - all on
television. Being there at that program prepares you for everything.
With you failing to win a National Championship at Tennessee
do you think you will be hungrier for a shot at the WNBA championship in San Antonio?
I am a competitor and wnat to win anytime. Unfortunately we didn't win
one in my college career. It doesn't make me hungrier. I always want to win.
Shyra, congrats on going to San Antonio, do you think you can
bring a winning attitude to the Silver Stars coming from a rich storied program
like Tennessee Shyra
Definitely looking forward to it. I've never really been around a losing
program so it won't start now. I have high standards and expectations and can
bring that attitude to San Antonio.
hey whats up shyra congrats on joining the wnba. i want to know how do you balance
your personal life and basketball Shyra
It's difficult. I don't think I have a personal life... no, just kidding.
You make time for the things that are important to you. It keeps me sane, being
able to do the things I want to do. Moderator:
Here comes Roneeka...
Welcome to Houston Roneeka! We are looking forward to seeing you with the Comets.
What impact will you have in helping Comets win the Championships this year ;)
..again Congrats!!! Roneeka
I'm just excited to be a part of the team and will help in whatever
way Coach Chancellor wants to use me. New Orleans is not far from Houston.
How do you think your college years went? Do you think your
WNBA days will be harder or easier? Roneeka
It is a different experience, a new chapter in my life.
Roneeka - Houston desperately needs backcourt help for Arcain.
We have been waiting for you! Roneeka
Glad to be able to help!
Roneeka, congrats on being selected in the draft. How much will
miss Coach Semara, White, and Johnson at FSU and what do you think you can bring
to Houston? Roneeka
I will miss it all a lot. It was a great experience there and I had
a great time, but as I said, I'm excited for this new chapter to begin. Katie
What was your major? Roneeka
Social Sciences. Not sure what I'll do with that, but I'd love to
go into coaching. Katie
Hey, it's our pick. Whoo woooo woooo! Katie
...Jacqueline Batteast. That's good. She brings another scoring threat.
She can do a little bit of everything... just like I called it. Some depth at
the wing position. Moderator:
...and she'll be joining
us soon... Katie
TEAMMATES AGAIN! This will be fun.
Jackie, leaving Notre Dame how do you think you can contribute
to your new team? GO IRISH Jacqueline
I think I can contribute in any way they want me to. I'm willing
to do anything. Katie
You know anyone on our squad? Jacqueline
You! And Kristen Mann, now.
How do feel about the talent you are joining in Minnesota? Jacqueline
I'm looking forward to being around great players and some names
that are familiar. Hopefully the transition won't be so hard. Katie
Some good young blood.
Jaqueline Batteast is one of my favorite college players and is going to be a
wonderful player. You are a role model to young girls, what would you tell them,
if they were to follow in your footsteps? Jacqueline
Continue to follow your dreams and don't let a road block stop you
or ever get in your way.
Jackie, Congrats!! We're gonna miss you at ND but know that
you're gonna be a star in minnesota. what are you looking forward to the most?
Moving. Leaving the state of Indiana and moving on to the next level
and improving my game.
Jacqueline, congrats on going to Minnesota with ou being near
South Bend all your life how will you like/dislike you moving away from home the
first time? Jacqueline
I think I'll like it. Being on my own finally and being in a new
city, I'm already wondering how I'm going to get all my stuff up. Katie
Any pets? Jacqueline
Nope. but I have a small fear of dogs. Katie
Uh oh, I have a golden doodle, Logan. He's great and nice. You'll meet
What is the one skill that you believe is your bread and butter and you can hang
your hat on? Also, what is the one skill that you know you must improve upon in
order to be sucessful in the WNBA? Jacqueline
Bread and butter... my ability to make plays and playing hard doing
things on both sides of the court. Improvements... better shooter and better defender
at this level. Katie
I like our picks! Moderator:
The 20th pick... Detroit takes Nikita Bell from U.N.C.... Katie
We are still here, and things are quieting down in the studio. The
only player remaining here who has yet to be picked is Steffanie Blackmon.
Hey Katie, do you know what the players do when they are
done chatting with fans from you? Katie
Well, I was not drafted back in the day, but I know that there is a
whole gauntlet of stuff that the picks do. After they talk with us, they are whisked
away to take photographs, meet with the press and talk to their new coaches on
the phone. Katie
I heard that Jessica Moore and Ashley Battle played well in pre-Draft
This Draft is not like last year with a dynamo class, but the draft
so far has been solid. These picks are going to make people come in and work for
their jobs... Moderator:
Back-to-back UConn picks... Katie
...And with that folks, we are done with two rounds. Stay tuned for
Round Three. Katie
This third round is under way... and I'm getting hungry. Katie
Picks are coming in lightning quick now... Cathrine Kraayeveld, Jenni
Dant, Ashley Earley, Anne O'Neil, Jamie Carey, Tashia Morehead, Jenni Lingor...
like a solid draft for the Lynx! Katie, do you feel we now have the talent to
bring the title to Minneapolis? Katie
As I said earlier, we have some depth at the guard position to go along
with some solid post players. I definitely think we have a chance to go deep in
the playoffs. Moderator:
Steffanie Blackmon was just picked and will be here shortly.
Hi Steffanie, Congrats on a great tournament! What do you think you
learned in that title run that could help you in the next level? Steffanie
We played a lot of teams in the tournament, so keeping concentration,
thinking about the next team. A different team each night, so you have to stay
focused. Mental toughness.
Hello Steffanie! First of all, congrads to you and the Lady
Bears on winning the national title! What are the things you looking forward to
in your first rookie season in the WNBA? Good luck and have a great rookie year!
I'm just looking to get out ther ein training camp and work hard
and bring a good attitude to the team.
Steffanie, do you feel like you've been through the ride of
your life these past two years? (0.3 loss in '04, NCAA Championship, drafted in
Definitely has been an experience to remember with so many different
challenges and victories at the same time. But obviously is has worked out well
for us because we won the championship.
Hi Steffanie, congrats on winning a title at Baylor. What do you like
to do in your free time, and is their any NBA player you compare yourself to?
Thank you. I don't compare myself to any NBA player, but I looked
up to Hakeem Olajuwon. There was no WNBA, but I looked up to him. He was a great
role model in Texas. And for free time, I don't have much, but I want to learn
how to play the piano and I like to draw. Hopefully after I graduate I will. Katie
And with that, the 2005 WNBA Draft is a wrap. Thanks to everyone who
wrote in. It was a great draft and I had a great time. Get ready for an exciting
time because the Lynx are ON THE PROWL!