Minnesota Lynx Secure Fourth Pick in 2009 WNBA Draft

The Minnesota Lynx landed the fourth-overall pick in the eighth annual WNBA Draft Lottery today in New York. Originally slated to draft in the fourth position, the Lynx entered today's Draft Lottery with a 38.8 percent chance of landing the fourth overall choice and a 7.6 percent chance of winning the top overall pick.

"We are very excited about this year's draft," said Executive Vice President Roger Griffith. "The 2008 draft proved to be one of the best in our history as we were able to add Candice Wiggins, Nicky Anosike and Charde Houston, all foundations that we can build our team around. The number four pick will allow us the opportunity to add another premier player to our roster that will help us continue to build a championship contender for many years to come."

This is the second time in franchise history that the Lynx have won the right to make the fourth overall choice in the WNBA Draft. In 2007, Minnesota selected guard Noelle Quinn out of UCLA with the fourth overall selection.

Minnesota entered the Lottery with 76 chances out of 1,000 to win the first overall selection. The Lottery went exactly according to odds for the first time in WNBA history. The Atlanta Dream, which had 420 chances out of 1,000, won the first overall pick in the Lottery. The Washington Mystics will pick second, followed by the Chicago Sky, Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury.

U.S. Olympian and three-time All-Star DeLisha Milton-Jones was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft, while All-Stars Asjha Jones (2002) and Sophia Young (2006) were also No. 4 picks.

In addition to the fourth overall pick, the Lynx own the 23rd and 30th overall picks in the 2009 WNBA Draft. Minnesota originally held the 17th overall selection before the Connecticut Sun exercised its right to swap second round picks, courtesy of a trade that took place March 14, 2008 involving Kristen Rasmussen and Tamika Williams.

Season and group tickets for the 2009 season are now on sale. For information on ticket packages, call 612-673-8400, e-mail tickets@lynxbasketball.com.