2011 WNBA DRAFT TO BE CONDUCTED AT ESPN APRIL 11
--Atlanta Dream to pick eighth overall in 2011 WNBA Draft --

ATLANTA, March 2, 2011 — The 2011 WNBA Draft will be held on Monday, April 11 at ESPN in Bristol, Conn., the league announced today. The Atlanta Dream has the No. 8 overall pick in the draft.

““This marks the first time that a professional sports league will conduct its draft at ESPN headquarters. Previous WNBA Drafts have been held in various locations including the site of the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four (2006-2008) and, most recently, at NBA Studios in Secaucus, N.J. (2009 and 2010).

ESPN2 will provide coverage and analysis of the first round beginning at 3 p.m. ET, in addition to ESPN3.com offering a simulcast. ESPNU and NBA TV will broadcast the second and third rounds.

After winning the WNBA’s Draft Lottery for the second consecutive year, the Minnesota Lynx holds the top pick in the Draft for the third time in franchise history. The Lynx also has the fourth pick in the upcoming Draft by virtue of an additional trade with the Connecticut Sun. Rounding out the top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), Chicago Sky (third) and the Los Angeles Sparks (fifth).

In addition to the eighth pick, the Dream also selects at No. 18 (second round) and No. 32 (third round) overall.

Among the top prospects eligible for this year’s WNBA Draft are the following players: University of Connecticut forward Maya Moore, Australia National Team member Elizabeth Cambage, Xavier forward Amber Harris, Ohio State center Jantel Lavender and Oklahoma guard Danielle Robinson.

The current draft order follows:

2011 WNBA DRAFT ORDER

First Round
1) Minnesota (13-21)
2) Tulsa (6-28)
3) Chicago (14-20)
4) Minnesota from Connecticut (17-17) (Kelsey Griffin, 4/8/10)
5) Los Angeles (13-21)
6) San Antonio (14-20)
7) Tulsa from Phoenix (15-19) (Kara Braxton/Nicole Ohlde 7/23/10)
8) Atlanta (19-15)
9) Indiana (21-13)
10) New York (22-12)
11) Washington (22-12)
12) Seattle (28-6)

Second Round
13) Minnesota from Tulsa (6-28) (Amber Holt, Chante Black 4/7/10) via Connecticut (Kelsey Griffin, 4/8/10)
14) Minnesota (13-21)
15) Chicago (14-20)
16) Connecticut (17-17)
17) Chicago from Los Angeles (13-21) (Kristi Toliver, 5/13/10)
18) Atlanta from San Antonio (14-20) (Michelle Snow/Dalma Ivanyi, 3/11/10)
19) Phoenix (15-19)
20) San Antonio from Atlanta (19-15) (Michelle Snow/Dalma Ivanyi, 3/11/10)
21) Tulsa from Indiana (21-13) (Shavonte Zellous, 5/27/10)
22) New York (22-12)
23) Washington (22-12)
24) Seattle (28-6)

Third Round
25) Tulsa (6-28)
26) Minnesota (13-21)
27) Chicago (14-20)
28) Connecticut (17-17)
29) Los Angeles (13-21)
30) San Antonio (14-20)
31) Phoenix (15-19)
32) Atlanta (19-15)
33) Indiana (21-13)
34) New York (22-12)
35) Washington (22-12)
36) Seattle (28-6)

The Dream tips off its fourth season this summer at Philips Arena as part of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the world’s longest-running women’s professional sports league. The defending Eastern Conference Champions begin play at home on June 5 against the New York Liberty. For ticket information, visit www.AtlantaDream.net or call 1-877-977-7729.