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We spent time at the ESPN Zone in Times Square
Ten Cool Things: WNBA Draft Party
By Rob Peterson
NEW YORK, April 17 --It's that time of year again as the WNBA Draft 2004 is upon us. We spent the afternoon at the Times Square ESPN Zone for an exclusive Draft Day party. While we were there we took note of the many cool things that went on around the Zone during and after the Draft. Here are the 10 best moments from Draft Saturday.
A Prize for a Prized Relative:
When ESPN analyst and WNBA Draft Party MC Vera Jones announced the first person to reach her with a picture of young relative would win a WNBA Build-A-Bear, Melissa Sanchez, a Liberty fan, wasted no time hustling to the front of the ESPN Zone's Bristol room. After she showed Jones a picture of her four-month-old nephew, Aydan, Sanchez won the Build-A-Bear. Guess who's getting the bear? You bet, it's Aydan.
Mmmm! Dessert ...:
Fans invited to spend Saturday watching the 2004 WNBA Draft in the Bristol Room at the Times Square ESPN Zone's were feted with fine food, inlcuding a dessert buffet.
Setting a Screen:
Everyone knew the Mercury would select UConn guard Diana Taurasi with the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft 2004, but we wanted to see it on one of the big boards at the ESPN Zone. There's Taurasi and WNBA President Val Ackerman celebrating the Mercury's selection of Taurasi.
Everyone, Gather 'Round:
The New York City Lady Bulldogs AAU team gathered around Sun guard Debbie Black and Jones for a televised report from the ESPN Zone. The Lady Bulldog team won the WNBA challenge at Chelsea Piers in New York city for a chance to attend. Coach Michael LoCascio said his team was excited to participate in the Draft day excitement: "Dreams are what it's all about and all the girls dream about playing in the WNBA."
Fun for the Sun:
Connecticut Sun fans jump for joy when it is announced their favorite team selected Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen with the No. 4 overall pick in the WNBA Draft 2004.
Hammon of the People:
Liberty guard and fan favorite, Becky Hammon signed autographs for fans at the ESPN Zone after giving away t-shirts as prizes for answering trivia.
Taking Aim, Winning Cool Stuff:
Hammon and Black later hosted a shooting contest in the ESPN Zone's arcade where they gave away prizes for a high score. Here, Shonda Holder, a former player at Queens College, takes aim. Holder won a WNBA Draft t-shirt in the contest.
After being stuck in traffic, Diana Taurasi and Alana Beard, who went to the Mystics with the No. 2 overall pick, arrive at the ESPN Zone in Times Square.
Bedeviled by the Blue Devils:
Beard and Duke center Iciss Tillis interact with fans while signing autographs in the ESPN store. The defending WNBA champion Shock selected Tillis with the No. 11 overall pick.
After many interviews during the day, Taurasi was still at it late in the afternoon. Here, she was talking turkey with NBA TV.