Washington, D.C. – The Washington Mystics will have the second overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft as determined by the draft lottery held today. It will be the second time in franchise history that the Mystics will have the second pick. In addition, the Mystics will have the ninth pick in the first round, the 15th and 24th pick in the second round and the 28th pick in the third round. The Atlanta Dream landed the number one overall selection.

“This is a very exciting time for our organization as we look to build a championship contender. With the second pick in the upcoming 2009 WNBA Draft, we will be able to select a player who can come in and make an immediate impact,” said General Manager Angela Taylor. “There are a few seniors who we have already identified as difference makers, so we look forward to evaluating a very talented pool of candidates over the next few months. There is no doubt that as a result of today’s lottery our team has already gotten better.”

The last time the Mystics had the second overall pick, Alana Beard was selected and went on to be named to multiple all-star teams and all-defensive teams. In 2008, the Mystics selected University of Maryland standout, Crystal Langhorne with the sixth overall pick.

The WNBA Lottery included the five teams that did not qualify for the 2008 WNBA Playoffs. The lottery is weighted to favor the teams with the poorer records. The lottery establishes the order of selection for the first round of the draft, with the order of selection for the second and third rounds based on teams’ regular-season finishes in 2008.

The first-round order of selection for the teams that did not win one of the top three picks was be determined by inverse order of their respective regular-season records.

Draft Lottery Results:

Team 2008 Record
1. Atlanta Dream 4-30
2. Washington Mystics 10-24
3. Chicago Sky 12-22
4. Minnesota Lynx 16-18
5. Phoenix Mercury 16-18

The Washington Mystics organization is dedicated to providing affordable entertainment, serving as an impactful community partner and maintaining accessibility to positive female role models. Supported by passionate fans, the Mystics are elite, hardworking athletes continually striving to win a Championship.