Lynx Select Ohlde and Hayden in the First Round of the 2004 Draft


Ohlde and Hayden on Draft Day
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April 17, 2004 — The Lynx today selected forward Nicole Ohlde from Kansas State (sixth overall) and center Vanessa Hayden from Florida (seventh overall) in the first round of the 2004 WNBA Draft, held in Secaucus, N.J.

"We needed depth at the post position," said Lynx head coach Suzie McConnell Serio. "Ohlde is a proven scorer and is very versatile. Hayden is strong and physical and we can use her to defend against the top post players that we face in the West. We believe that Nicole and Vanessa will play well together and with the rest of our team. Both players have the talent to really impact the league."

Ohlde averaged 17.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 3.8 apg in her senior season. The 6-4 forward was an Associated Press First Team All-America selection and the back-to-back Big 12 Conference Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons. She is only the fourth player in Big 12 history to pass the 2000-point mark and is Kansas State's all-time leading scorer (2,161), rebounder (970) and shot-blocker (201). In 126 career games, she averaged 17.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 2.9 apg.

As a senior, Hayden averaged 19.0 ppg and 10.6 rpg. The 6-4 center, Florida's all-time blocked shots leader with 357, was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, and a member of the All-SEC First Team in both 2004 and 2002. Hayden fractured her right ankle on March 30 and is currently recovering from surgery. She averaged 14.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg and 1.0 apg in 107 career contests at Florida.

In the second round, Minnesota selected Tennessee's Tasha Butts (20th overall). Butts averaged 10.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.9 apg, and was a member of the All-SEC Second Team in her senior season as she led Tennessee to the NCAA championship game. In 140 career games, Butts averaged 6.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.8 apg, while shooting 35.5 percent from the three-point line.

The Lynx selected Amber Jacobs in the third round (33rd overall) from Boston College, and Kate Bulger (38th overall) from West Virginia. Jacobs, a 5-8 guard, averaged 12.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.8 apg in 123 games and was a member of the 2004 All-Big East Second Team. Bulger, a 5-11 guard, scored 1,265 points and made 209 three-pointers during her career at West Virginia.

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