Brooke Smith, Kristen Newlin Selected In WNBA Draft
April 4, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Seniors Brooke Smith and Kristen Newlin, two integral parts of Stanford's frontcourt success over the last four years, have been selected in the 2007 WNBA Draft, held Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio.
Smith was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx as the 23rd overall pick in the second round while Newlin was taken 34th overall by the Houston Comets in the third round. Smith and Newlin are the first Cardinal players to be chosen in the WNBA Draft since Nicole Powell was selected third overall by the Charlotte Sting in 2004.
Smith, a 6-3 forward/center from San Anselmo, Calif., was one of three Pac-10 players taken by Minnesota, which also drafted Noelle Quinn of UCLA (No. 4 overall, first round) and Shay Murphy (No. 15 overall, second round). The Lynx finished 10-24 overall last year and seventh in the Western Conference.
Newlin, a 6-5 forward/center from Riverton, Wyoming, was one of three players chosen by Houston. The Comets wrapped up last year with an 18-16 record and placed third in the Western Conference.
In addition to being a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree, Smith is a two-time Associated Press and Kodak/WBCA All-American Honorable Mention selection. Smith ranked second on the squad in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) last year while leading the club with 120 assists. She also scored in double-figures a team-best 28 times, notched five 20-point games and was also named to the All-Pac-10 Tournament team.
Newlin was one of Stanford's most consistent performers all season, ranking fifth in scoring (7.0 ppg) while leading the club in rebounding (7.9 rpg). A 51.1-percent shooter from the field, Newlin also tallied 44 blocked shots and shared the team lead of six double-doubles with Smith. Newlin was the squad's leading rebounder on 17 different occasions, scored in double-figures 10 times and hauled down at least 10 rebounds in a game 11 times.