Sun picks Ogwumike No. 1 in WNBA draft

Chiney OgwumikeBY CANDY PARKER

The Connecticut Sun made Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike the No. 1 pick in the 2014 WNBA draft Monday night.

Ogwumike finished her outstanding collegiate career at Stanford as the top scorer and rebounder in Pac-12 history. The 6’4″ forward received numerous honors as a Cardinal, including being named three-time First Team All-American, two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Along with her sister, Nneka, who was selected as the No. 1 pick by Los Angeles in the 2012 WNBA draft, Ogwumike lead Stanford to the NCAA Final Four in both her freshman and sophomore years. The sisters become only the second pair of siblings selected as No. 1 picks in any of the four major American sports. Peyton and Eli Manning were the first.

No. 1 pick – Chiney Ogwumike

Baylor’s Odyssey Sims went next in the draft. The Tulsa Shock will be looking for the high-scoring left-handed guard to boost their offense alongside formal rival Skylar Diggins. Sims was a consensus All-American and sits atop Baylor’s record books for assists.

No. 2 pick – Odyssey Sims

The San Antonio Stars made Kayla McBride, who as a senior led Notre Dame to its first undefeated season in the program’s history, the draft’s No. 3 pick.

No. 3 pick – Kayla McBride

Finishing out the first round were:

4.  New York Liberty – Alyssa Thomas
5.  Indiana Fever – Natasha Howard
6.  Washington Mystics – Stefanie Dolson
7.  Seattle Storm – Bria Hartley
8.  Atlanta Dream – Shoni Schimmel
9.  Indiana Fever – Natalie Achonwa
10. Chicago Sky – Markeisha Gatling
11. Connecticut Sun – Chelsea Gray
12. Minnesota Lynx – Tricia Liston

The 2014 WNBA season gets underway May 16.

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