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.
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
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).
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,