Minnesota picks Moore to kick off WNBA draft

Yahoo! Sports Staff
Yahoo! Sports

Two-time national player of the year Maya Moore was selected first in Monday's WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx. Moore played in four Final Fours in four seasons at Connecticut, winning two national championships. UConn lost in the national semifinals this season.

The Lynx had two first-round selections in the draft; they selected Xavier's Amber Harris at No. 4.

The Tulsa Shock took 19-year-old Australian Liz Cambage with the second pick. The 6-foot-8 center led the Australian women's league in scoring this past season. The Shock last month signed 40-year-old Sheryl Swoopes after the WNBA founding member took a two-year hiatus from the league.

Gonzaga point guard Courtney Vandersloot, the three-time WCC player of the year, was selected in the No. 3 spot by the Chicago Sky.

Ohio State center Jantel Lavender was selected fifth by the Los Angeles Sparks. Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson went No. 6 to the San Antonio Silver Stars.

With its second first-round pick, Tulsa selected Stanford's Kayla Pederson at No. 7.

Moore, a four-time All-American, is the second consecutive Connecticut player to be taken No. 1. Moore's former teammate Tina Charles went first in the 2010 WNBA draft.

First round

1. Minnesota: Maya Moore, Connecticut
2. Tulsa: Liz Cambage, Australia
3. Chicago: Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga
4. Minnesota: Amber Harris, Xavier
5. Los Angeles: Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
6. San Antonio: Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma
7. Tulsa: Kayla Pedersen, Stanford
8. Atlanta: Ta'Shia Phillips, Xavier
9. Indiana: Jeanette Pohlen, Stanford
10. New York: Alex Montgomery, Georgia Tech
11. Washington: Victoria Dunlap, Kentucky
12. Seattle: Jasmine Thomas, Duke

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