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- AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - April 15, 2005 - Detroit Shock Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel Bill Laimbeer announced today that the franchise has acquired the 13th overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft (final selection of the first round) from the Washington Mystics in exchange for second-year forward Iciss Tillis. The Shock now have the seventh and 13th overall picks (first round) to go along with the 20th overall pick (second round) and 33rd overall pick (third round). This marks the second time this off-season that the 13th pick has been traded - Washington received the pick in a trade with Los Angeles that sent Chamique Holdsclaw to the Sparks in exchange for DeLisha Milton-Jones and the draft choice.

�It was a very difficult decision to trade Ice, but finding playing time for her was going to be a challenge because of the youth of our team. We wish her all the best,� Laimbeer said. �The 13th pick will allow us to add depth to the guard position.�

Tillis, 23, averaged 2.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 9.3 minutes in 31 games, one as a starter, while shooting 47.3% (35-74 FG) from the floor in 2004. Detroit selected Tillis with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2004 WNBA Draft.