Trade For Dydek At Center Of Connecticut Sun’s Draft

UNCASVILLE, CT. (April 16, 2005) – The Connecticut Sun acquired 7-foot-2 center Margo Dydek from the San Antonio Silver Stars during the 2005 WNBA Draft on Saturday, sending first-round pick Katie Feenstra of Liberty to the Silver Stars along with its first-round draft pick in 2006.

The tallest player in the WNBA, Dydek is the league’s career leader in blocked shots (655) and blocks per game (2.92). Last year, the Connecticut Sun averaged 2.82 blocks per game as a team.

The Sun selected Feenstra – a 6-foot-8 center who averaged 17.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for Liberty University during the 2004-05 season – with the eighth overall pick, then executed a sign-and-trade with San Antonio that was agreed upon before Connecticut made its pick.

“I’m thrilled,” Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. “It’s kind of funny after the fact. You see Feenstra sitting on the board there, and we weren’t even sure she’d get to the eighth pick. We had made a decision that, if we could make the trade with San Antonio, we would. It’s a tough call between a good young player and a very good veteran. With our team the way it is, being close to a championship last year, we tried to picture that playoff series last year with Margo on the court.”

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With its second-round selection (21st overall), the Sun drafted Australia’s Erin Phillips, a 5-foot-7 point guard who averaged 14 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the Adelaide Quit Lightning of the Women’s National Basketball League. She scored 40 points in a playoff game earlier this year.

“Erin Phillips is a keeper,” Thibault said. “I think she’s really good. She’s 19, she turns 20 in the first week of the season. She’s been in the pro league in Australia for a couple of years. She has competed, and played against a lot of WNBA players in our league at her position.”

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The Sun closed out the 2005 WNBA Draft by selecting Megan Mahoney, a 6-0 forward from Kansas State who suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon in her left foot during a 68-55 loss to Baylor in the Big 12 championship game on March 12th. She is currently rehabilitating the injury, and will not play for Connecticut this year.