December 14, 2009
SEATTLE - The Seattle Storm today announced the selection of 5-11 guard Chelsea Newton in the WNBA’s Dispersal Draft of former Sacramento Monarchs players.
A member of the Monarchs 2005 WNBA Championship team, Newton averaged 5.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals in five WNBA seasons. Currently, Newton is playing in Italia’s Serie A1 with Liomatic Umbertide and averaging 13.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
“Chelsea is a player who we have coveted for some time now,” said Seattle Storm Head Coach Brian Agler. “We almost added her to our roster late last season and I was surprised to see her available to us today with the 10th pick. Chelsea is a winner – the starting wing for Sacramento when they won their championship in 2005. I love her mentality and can’t wait to begin working with her in training camp.”
The upcoming 2010 WNBA season marks Newton’s sixth in the league. Selected by the Monarchs in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft, Newton was later acquired by the Chicago Sky in the 2005 WNBA Expansion Draft. Newton returned to Sacramento’s roster in 2007 as a result of trade with Chicago for the Monarch’s 2007 first-round draft pick.
Any player on the Monarchs roster at the conclusion of the 2009 season was eligible for selection, including restricted free agents Kristin Haynie, Chelsea Newton and Scholanda Robinson. Unrestricted free agents Kara Lawson, Ticha Penicheiro and Hamchetou Maiga-Ba were not eligible for selection. These players, along with anyone not selected in today’s dispersal draft, may begin negotiating with any team once the free agency period begins on Jan. 15. Teams not wishing to select a player had the option of passing.