Charlotte Selects Curry in the WNBA Draft

April 19, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Former University of Oregon point guard Edniesha Curry became the third player in school history selected in the WNBA draft Friday morning, as the Charlotte Sting made her the 41st pick in the third round.

Curry (Palmdale, Calif.) finished third on the team with 9.8 points and dished out 3.3 assists per game en route to Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition. She led the Ducks with 1.9 steals per game and was voted the Best Defensive Player by her teammates.

'I'm just in shock right now,' Curry said. 'This has been a dream come true to be in a position to play professional basketball, especially in the United States.'

Oregon State's Felicia Ragland, picked No. 28 in the second round by Seattle and Stanford's Lindsey Yamasaki, the next pick by Miami, were the only other Pac-10 players chosen ahead of Curry in the four-round draft.

'I'm not nervous anymore,' said Curry, who will leave for Charlotte next weekend. 'I was like, 'Oh my God, it's getting later and later.' Charlotte wanted me and it's a good spot. I have a good chance of making that team and playing behind Dawn Staley.'

The 5-foot-6 Curry transferred to Oregon following three seasons at Cal State Northridge, where she became the school's all-time 3-point field goal leader and led the Matadors to the NCAA Tournament in her sophomore season. Also, she was picked the Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 1997-98 and the conference's tourney MVP during the team's NCAA run in 1998-99. She scored 1,567 points in 105 career games.

Last year, Jenny Mowe was the first draftee in Oregon history as the Portland Fire made her the 20th overall pick in the second round. Also, the Cleveland Rockers chose Angelina Wolvert with the 43rd overall pick in the third round. Mowe has played in Poland this past winter while Wolvert competed in Italy, with the hopes of improving their stock in the WNBA, which has its preseason beginning May 9 and the regular season May 25.

Other Pac-10 players selected were Arizona center LaKeisha Taylor (Indiana, No. 49, fourth round), Arizona State center Melody Johnson (Portland, No. 50, fourth round), Stanford center Cori Enghusen (Houston, No. 58, fourth round), Arizona forward Elizabeth Pickney (Sacramento, No. 60, fourth round).

Oregon finished 22-13 last season and advanced to its ninth straight postseason tournament, capturing the WNIT championship with a 54-52 win over Houston.

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