Fifteen Standouts to Attend the WNBA Draft

They have waited for this moment since the first time they dribbled a basketball.

Now 15 of the top women college basketball players in America will watch their dream of reaching the WNBA unfold this Saturday when they hear WNBA President Donna Orender call their names on draft day at the WNBA/NBA studio in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The “Significant 15” making the trip to the New York area are:


Name College/University Position Height
Batteast, Jacqueline Notre Dame Forward 6’2”
Blackmon, Steffanie Baylor Forward 6’2”
Braxton, Kara Georgia Forward 6’6”
Ely, Shyra Tennessee Forward 6’2”
Feenstra, Katie Liberty Center 6’8”
Haynie, Kristin Michigan State Guard 5’8”
Hodges, Roneeka Florida State Guard 5’11”
Irvin, Sandora TCU Forward 6’3”
Jackson, Dionnah Oklahoma Guard 5’9”
Johnson, Temeka LSU Guard 5’3”
Lyttle, Sancho Houston Center 6’4”
Mann, Kristen UC Santa Barbara Forward 6’2”
McCarville, Janel Minnesota Center 6’2”
Wecker, Kendra Kansas State Forward 5’11”
White, Tan Mississippi State Guard 5’7”

The group invited to attend the draft includes: Baylor’s Steffanie Blackmon, who averaged 15.4 points and 7.9 rebounds on her way to the 2005 Women’s NCAA National Championship; LSU’s Temeka Johnson, who averaged 10.4 points and 7.7 assists per contest as her Tigers made another trip to the Final Four; Kristin Haynie, who helped Michigan State to the National Championship game by averaging 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.3 steals in her senior season; two-time All-American, Sandora Irvin of TCU, who averaged a double-double in her senior season posting 19.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.

The 15 players will enjoy several unique New York and WNBA moments along with their families. On Friday, the group will travel to the WNBA/NBA New York office for a tour of the building as well as a chance to meet the top WNBA and NBA officials. The players will then enjoy an opportunity to shop at the NBA’s fifth avenue store. Then the group will move to the ESPN Zone in Times Square for dinner.

The 2005 WNBA Draft will begin at noon ET at the NBA Entertainment studios in Secaucus, New Jersey on Saturday, April 16. ESPN 2 will televise the first round live with NBATV providing coverage of the second and third rounds. will cover all three rounds, providing complete analysis and comprehensive information on all 13 teams’ selections together with pre-draft coverage of prospective draftees by Rebecca Lobo, ESPN’s Ann Meyers and Sacramento Monarchs guard and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson.