Seven Pac-10 Players Selected in WNBA Draft
April 19, 2002
Seven former Pac-10 players were selected in the 2002 WNBA Draft Friday morning, led by second-round picks Felicia Ragland of Oregon State and Lindsey Yamasaki of Stanford.
Ragland, the first Pac-10 player selected, went to the Sacramento Monarchs in the second round as the 28th pick overall. The Miami Sol selected Yamasaki with the very next pick (29th).
In the third round, Oregon point guard Edniesha Curry went to the Charlotte Sting as the 41st pick overall. Arizona's Lakeisha Taylor, the first pick of the fourth round (49th overall) by the Indiana Fever, was one of four Pac-10 players selected in the final round. Arizona State senior center Melody Johnson was taken by the Portland Fire as the 50th overall selection, Stanford center Cori Enghusen went to the Houston Comets as the 58th pick, and Arizona's Elizabeth Pickney, the 60th pick overall, was taken by the Sacramento Monarchs.
RAGLAND was a two-time honorable mention Associated Press All-American and a two-time Kodak District 8 All-American at OSU. She was a three-time All-Pac-10 First Team pick and was the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year. As a senior, Ragland led the Beavers in scoring (19.9 ppg.), rebounding (6.6 rpg.), steals (2.5 spg.), and three-point field goals (69). Ragland is one of just three Oregon State players to score 1,600 points (1,803) and pull down 600 rebounds (739). She finished her four seasons at OSU ranked in the school's top-10 in 14 different career statistical categories.
YAMASAKI finished her storied Stanford career ranked ninth on the all-time school scoring list with 1,497 points and second in Stanford history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 192 career 3-pointers. During her senior campaign she scored in double figures in 28 of her 32 appearances and on 11 occasions netted 20 or more points, while averaging a team leading 17.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Following the season she received recognition as an Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American and was named to the Pacific-10 Conference First Team.
CURRY became the third player in Oregon history selected in the WNBA draft. She 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.
TAYLOR averaged 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Cats this year and finished the season ninth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.481). She had six career double-doubles and 28 career double-digit scoring performances, including four of 20 points or better. She is tied for fourth on the UA's all-time career field goal percentage list (.516) and is tied for eighth in career blocked shots (44).
JOHNSON, the third Sun Devil taken in the WNBA draft, became the first ASU player selected directly out of college. She finished as ASU's career leader in field goal percentage, knocking down 56.2 percent of her attempts in her two years in Tempe. She led the team in rebounding and was second in scoring in each of the last two seasons. She averaged 12.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 2002 and finished second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 55.2 percent.
ENGHUSEN, the Cardinal's defensive force in the paint, set the Stanford single season block record with 58 in 2001-02. She finished tied for second in Stanford history in blocked shots with 136. Enghusen capped off her collegiate career averaging career highs of 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
PICKNEY, a first team All-Pac-10 choice for the second year in a row, was the only player to start all 28 games for Arizona this season and was the Cats' leading scorer (16.1 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (8.0 rpg). She finished the season fourth in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (1.21 bpg), fourth in free throw percentage (.834), fifth in rebounding and seventh in scoring. Pickney had 86 double-digit scoring performances in her career and was never held scoreless in any game during her career. She ended her career as Arizona's all-time leader in games started (112) and blocked shots (147) and was second all-time in scoring (1,620 points) and rebounding (736).
Pac-10 players taken in the 2002 WNBA Draft:
28. Felicia Ragland, OSU (Sacramento)
29. Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN (Miami)
41. Edniesha Curry, ORE (Charlotte)
49. LaKeisha Taylor, ARIZ (Indiana)
50. Melody Johnson, ASU (Portland)
58. Cori Enghusen, STAN (Houston)
60. Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ (Sacramento)
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