SECAUCUS, N.J. April 16 – The Charlotte Sting selected center Janel McCarville with the first overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft. McCarville, a two-time AP All-America and three-time Big Ten First Team selection, averaged 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds and shot 58.0 percent from the field in her four-year career at the University of Minnesota.

“It’s definitely an honor being drafted number one.” said McCarville. “I’ve seen recent number one overall picks like Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird come into the WNBA and have an immediate impact. Hopefully, I can do the same for the Charlotte Sting. I am very much looking forward to playing with the Sting and Dawn Staley. Dawn has done so much for women’s basketball as a coach and player and I can’t wait to meet her.”

The Indiana Fever selected Tan White of Mississippi State University. White, an AP All-America in 2005, ranked first in the nation in scoring by averaging 23.5 points per game and scoring in double figures in each of the 29 games she played this year. She also averaged 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.9 steals.

Said White, “I’m excited that I’ll be playing with Tamika Catchings in Indiana. After playing with [2003 first overall pick] LaToya Thomas, this is another opportunity for me to play with a great player. I played against Tamika when she was at Tennessee and now, we’ll have the opportunity to be teammates.”

Detroit had two picks in the first round, selecting Georgia forward Kara Braxton with the seventh overall pick, and Oklahoma guard Dionnah Jackson with their 13th pick. Phoenix selected two-time AP All-America Sandora Irvin with the third overall pick. The other first round picks were Kansas State forward Kendra Wecker (fourth, San Antonio); Houston center Sancho Lyttle (fifth, Houston); Louisiana State guard Temeka Johnson (sixth, Washington); Liberty center Katie Feenstra (eighth, Connecticut); Michigan State guard Kristin Haynie (ninth, Sacramento); Tennessee guard Loree Moore (10th, New York); UC Santa Barbara forward Kristen Mann (11th, Minnesota); Penn State guard Tanisha Wright (12th, Seattle).

Immediately following the draft, the Connecticut Sun traded the rights to Katie Feenstra (eighth pick overall) to San Antonio in exchange for Margo Dydek. Below are the complete results from the 2005 WNBA Draft.

For the complete 2005 WNBA Draft results, click here.