Chiney Ogwumike holds up Connecticut Sun jersey with WNBA
president Laurel J. Richie after Connecticut named Ogwumike
as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA basketball draft in, Monday,
April 14, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn.
— It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday
night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina
Charles to the New York Liberty.
The Sun acquired
the Liberty's fourth pick this year which turned out to be Alyssa
Thomas as well as Kelsey Bone and New York's first round pick next
year. Charles had told the Sun that if she wasn't traded she'd sit
out this year.
going to be held hostage by anybody," Sun vice president and
general manager Chris Sienko said. "We had to do what's best
for our organization and fan base. New York came back with a
significant offer. ... That's a great trade."
her sister Nneka, drafted by Los Angeles in 2012, as the only
siblings to be chosen first in the WNBA.
picked No. 1 in front of those Connecticut fans with my family and
sister, it's unreal," Chiney Ogwumike said.
Peyton and Eli
Manning are the only other siblings to be taken No. 1 in the
history of the four major American pro sports according to STATS.
someone told me that I was like, 'Whoa, that's pretty cool,'"
Chiney Ogwumike said. "We fell into the sport and found our
passion in it and now it's life. To share that moment with my
sister, she's the reason I play, and to be called a No. 1 draft
pick is inconceivable."
finished her stellar career at Stanford as the top scorer and
rebounder in Pac-12 history.
The choice of the
two-time AP All-American drew loud cheers from the crowd at the
Mohegan Sun Arena, where Connecticut plays its home games. This
was the first time fans were allowed to attend the draft since it
was held in Tampa in 2008.
were great," Chiney Ogwumike said. "It was really
awesome having them here and having them be part of my draft
Odyssey Sims of
Baylor went second to Tulsa, which means she'll team up with
Skylar Diggins in the backcourt. Sims was happy for a chance to
play with her former rival.
Skylar will make a great backcourt," said Sims, who finished
this season with 1,054 points — second all time for a single
San Antonio took
Notre Dame's Kayla McBride with the third pick.
surreal," McBride said. "It was so awesome to have the
fans cheering for me, I'm not used to that in Connecticut."
The Indiana Fever
selected Natasha Howard of Florida State with the fifth pick.
UConn teammates Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley went with the
next two picks to Washington and Seattle. Hartley was later traded
by the Storm to the Mystics to reconnect the Huskies.
Shoni Schimmel went eighth to the Atlanta Dream. The Indiana Fever
took Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa with the ninth pick. Achonwa
tore her ACL in the Final Four and will most likely miss the
The Chicago Sky
took N.C. State's Markeisha Gatling with the 10th pick. The Sun
drafted injured Duke star Chelsea Gray 11th and her Blue Devils
teammate Tricia Liston went to Minnesota to close out the first
The ceremony was
held in primetime for the second straight year. Training camps
open April 27, and the WNBA's 18th season tips off on May 16.