Who Will It Be?

New York, NY – March 31, 2006 - It’s hard to believe, but the 2006 WNBA Draft has come! This Wednesday, April 5th, players will be selected to join each of the league’s 14 teams. So who will be the latest to wear a Liberty jersey? Who will the team select with the 12th, 23rd, and 37th picks? Here is a quick look at some of the top prospects that are up for grabs on Wednesday:

La’Tangela Atkinson - North Carolina
Atkinson, a 6’2” guard/forward, averaged 9.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, and 2.8 apg during her collegiate career. As a sophomore, she was named to the All-ACC Third Team. As a freshman, she was an All-ACC Honorable Mention, ACC Rookie of the Year, and made the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Seimone Augustus – LSU
During Augustus’ time at LSU, the 6’1” guard averaged 19.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game to go with a .548 field goal percentage. In 2005, she was named the AP Player of the Year, Naismith Player of the Year, USBWA Player of the Year, Honda Broderick Player of the Year, an AP All-American, and the SEC Player of the Year.

Sherill Baker – Georgia
During her senior year at Georgia, Baker averaged a career-high 18.7 points per game, and finished her career averaging 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. In 2006, she was named to the All-SEC First Team.

Nikki Blue – UCLA
Blue, a 5’8” guard out of UCLA, was an All-Pac 10 First Team member during each of her four collegiate seasons (2003-2006), and was named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team as a freshman, sophomore, and junior (2003-2005). As a Bruin, she averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game.

Monique Currie – Duke
Currie, a 6’0” guard/forward out of Duke, finished her career averaging 15.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. Her honors include: AP All-America First Team (2005), Kodak All-America (2005), ACC Player of the Year (2005), All-ACC First Team (2005, 2006), and ACC All-Tournament Team (2002, 2004).

Candice Dupree – Temple
As a senior at Temple University, Dupree she led the team this season in scoring (17.6) and rebounds (8.7) per game. She also led the team in total blocks (67) and field goal percentage (.510). In addition, she was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and was a member of the All-Atlantic 10 First Team.

Tye'sha Fluker – Tennessee
Fluker, a 6’5” center out of Tennessee, finished her career averaging 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. As a sophomore and junior, she was named to the SEC All-Academic Team.

Scholanda Hoston – LSU
This past season, Hoston played in all 34 games for LSU, posting 8.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. For her collegiate career, she finished averaging 9.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per contest.

Tamara James – Miami
James ended her collegiate career third on Miami’s all-time points per game list with 20.0 per contest. She was named All-ACC First Team as both a junior and senior, and All-Big East First Team as a sophomore. She was even making her mark on the college world as a freshman, becoming the only first-year player in Big East history to lead the league in points per game (21.0).

Cappie Pondexter – Rutgers
During her college career, Pondexter played in 89 games (71 starts), averaging 18.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. A local favorite in New York, Pondexter has plenty of accomplishments under he belt including: Big East Player of the Year (2006), All-Big East First Team (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) and Big East Rookie of the Year (2003). Pondexter is the only player in league history to earn four First-Team All-Big East certificates.

Ann Strother – Connecticut
At 6’3”, Strother was one of UConn’s leading scorers. Her freshman year set the groundwork for what was to come when she played more minutes than any other member of the team and was one of two players to start in all 38 games. She finished her time at UConn with 12.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. As both a junior and senior, she was named to the All-Big East First Team.

Lisa Willis – UCLA
Willis, a 5’11” guard, posted 14.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.2 steals per game for the Bruins. She leaves UCLA as their all-time three-point shot leader (186) and was the first Bruin player to record back-to-back 100-steal seasons. She was an All-Pac 10 First Team member in 2005 and 2006.

Sophia Young – Baylor
During her senior year, Young was named the 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year. In addition, Young was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and AP All-American First Team. Young was only the fourth player in NCAA history to record her 2,000th career point, and finished at Baylor with 2,454. Starting out with a bang, Young had the most successful freshman year in Baylor history. She was ranked fourth nationally in rebounds, and she set a Baylor and Big 12 record for most rebounds in one game with 25.

Shanna Zolman – Tennessee
Zolman, a 5’10” guard from Tennessee, finished her collegiate career having participated in 144 games, just four short of the school record held by Chamique Holdsclaw. As a senior in 2006, she was named to the All-SEC First Team. Her other honors include All-SEC Second Team (2004, 2005), SEC All-Tournament Team (2005), SEC All-Academic (2004, 2005), and SEC All-Freshman Team (2003).

So who will be joining the New York family this upcoming Wednesday? Only time will tell. Be sure to tune into the 2006 WNBA Draft on ESPN2 starting at 1:00 p.m. for the answer to this question, and check back with nyliberty.com for all the latest information on all three of our picks! Then, be sure to secure your spot at The Garden this summer to see the newest additions in action!