WNBA TIPS OFF 2006 DRAFT WEEK WITH SPECIAL TRIBUTE HONORING THE PAST 25 YEARS OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

March 27, 2006, New York - The WNBA will tip off 2006 Draft Week on Saturday, April 1 with a special evening honoring the 25th anniversary of NCAA women's basketball. The league will host WNBA Party: A Celebration of Women's Basketball for the NCAA and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) at the Marriott Copley Place (110 Huntington Avenue, Boston 02116), beginning at 9 p.m.

WNBA President Donna Orender will offer a special tribute to Sue Donohoe, NCAA Vice President for Division I Women's Basketball, and Beth Bass, WBCA Chief Executive Officer, in recognition of their respective program's dedication to women's basketball over the past 25 years. Joining Orender will be WNBA and women's basketball legends, Rebecca Lobo and Tina Thompson. Lobo, one of the first two players signed to a WNBA contract and a current basketball analyst for ESPN and the Connecticut Sun, will serve as emcee for the event. Thompson, the first player to be drafted by the Houston Comets and the WNBA in the league's inaugural draft as well as a three-time First Team All-WNBA selection, will speak about the WNBA's 10th Anniversary.

More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend, including key members from the women's basketball community. Media members interested in attending should RSVP to Christina Nishihara at (212) 407-8079 by Wednesday, March 29, 2006.

In addition, WNBA players will participate in numerous community events throughout 2006 WNBA Draft Week and make appearances at the WBCA Convention and NCAA Final Four Tournament.
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WNBA All-Star Swin Cash of the Detroit Shock will conduct a basketball clinic for girls in grades 4- 7 to teach basketball skills and talk to students about developing self-confidence, building character and leading healthy lifestyles. The event will take place on Saturday, April 1 at 9 a.m., at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, 02138.)

Later that Saturday, at 4:30 p.m., Cash will be joined by Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird and Connecticut Sun guard Lindsay Whalen, as they serve as honorary co-captains in a WBCA game featuring the nation's top high school players at Matthews Arena on Northeastern University's campus.

The WNBA Pre-Draft Camp will take place on Monday, April 3 at Emmanuel College and the week's events culminate with the 2006 WNBA Draft on Wednesday, April 5 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

To commemorate the league's first Draft in Boston, select Boston youth league and high school basketball players will be invited to participate in Draft day festivities, where they will have the opportunity to meet current WNBA players and the newest draftees.

The WNBA's 10th anniversary season tips off on Saturday, May 20 and will include ABC's national telecast from Sacramento where the defending WNBA Champion Monarchs will commemorate their 2005 WNBA title by raising their championship banner. The Monarchs will then square off against All-Star guard Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury at ARCO Arena beginning at 4 p.m. EDT. Opening day also includes the inaugural game of the league's 14th franchise, the Chicago Sky, as it visits the Charlotte Sting.