Two Former Women's Basketball Players Drafted into WNBA
April 25, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - Two former University of Oregon women's basketball players' professional futures became clearer Friday in the regular and dispersal WNBA drafts.
The Cleveland Rockers selected former Oregon All-America guard Shaquala Williams with the 30th overall pick in the third round. She was the only Pac-10 Conference player picked in the three-round, 42-player draft. Williams, who finished fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,478 points, played for Oregon from 1999 until this past fall when she was dismissed from the team.
With the Portland Fire and Miami Sol franchises no longer in operation, the WNBA also held a dispersal draft. The Washington Mystics made Jenny Mowe, who starred for the Ducks from 1996 to 2001, the eighth pick in the one-round, 14-player draft. Mowe, a 6-foot-5 center, played for Portland the last two seasons. Mowe is the only former Duck who has played in a regular-season WNBA game.
Williams is the fourth Oregon player drafted into the WNBA. Mowe was the first, picked No. 21 in the second round by Portland in 2001. Angelina Wolvert (43rd pick, fourth round, Cleveland, 2001) and Edniesha Curry (41st pick, fourth round, Charlotte, 2002) were the other drafted Ducks.
For the complete list of draftees, go to:2003 WNBA Draft