BOSTON, MASS.- Three members of the Duke women’s basketball team -- Monique Currie, Mistie Williams and Jessica Foley-- were drafted on Wednesday in the 2006 WNBA Draft, which was held at the Boston Events and Convention Center in Boston, Mass.
Currie was selected with the third overall pick by the Charlotte Sting, while Williams was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury with the 21st selection before being traded to the Houston Comets and Foley was picked by the Indiana Fever at No. 38. Duke and Connecticut were the only two collegiate teams with three players selected in the 2006 Draft.
"I am just really happy for all three players," said Duke Head Coach Gail Goestenkors. "We are coming off a tough loss in the championship game and hopefully this will server to alleviate some of their pain. All three of these players have been tremendous leaders and been great examples for Duke women’s basketball and Duke University. They have all been willing to sacrifice so much this season for the good of the team. I will all of them the best and I couldn’t be happier for them."
Prior to 2006, the Blue Devils had only five players that have ever been drafted in the WNBA: Michele Van Gorp was the 18th overall pick by New York in 1999, Peppi Browne was the 43rd selection in the 2000 draft by Charlotte, Georgia Schweitzer was selected 21st by Minnesota in 2001, Alana Beard was the second overall pick in 2004 by Washington and Iciss Tillis was also selected in the first round of the 2004 draft by Detroit with at No. 11.
Currie became the second Duke player over the last three years to be selected in the top-three of the WNBA Draft. A product of Washington, D.C., Currie finished her career with her second straight Kodak All-America and John R. Wooden All-America honors in 2005-06 along with averages of 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 35 games started. She finished her career with 2,122 points, 874 rebounds, 413 assists and 228 steals.
"I am really excited," said Currie. "I finally know where I will be this summer. I think Charlotte is a nice city and is close to Durham so that is great also. It is like a dream come true. Ever since the WNBA came around I wanted to be a part of it. It if finally here so I am ready."
Williams, a product of Janesville, Wisc., earned second team All-ACC accolades as a senior while averaging 11.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks in her final year with the Blue Devils. For her career, she ranks in the top-10 on the Duke charts in points (8th, 1412), rebounds (4th, 800), field goal percentage (5th, .567), blocks (5th, 131), field goals made (557, 7th), free throws made (8th, 295) and free throws attempted (7th, 459).
One of the top three-point shooters to play at in the ACC, Foley finished her career with 175 treys and 490 three-pointers attempted, which both rank second all-time at Duke. As a senior, Foley came off the bench to average 5.6 points, 1.7 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 35 contests. She hit 40.2 percent of her three-point field goal attempts on the year. In the ACC charts, she concluded her career 21st in three-pointers made and 22nd in three-pointers attempted.
"It was something unexpected so it is really exciting," said Foley. "I guess there is something to be looking forward to do with basketball. I didn’t know what I was going to be doing for a minute there. I always aspired to play in the Australian League growing up, but when I arrived over in the states and started playing college basketball I saw what a great league the WNBA was. I am excited to be a part of it."
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2006 WNBA DRAFT, ROUND 1
PICK TEAM SELECTION
1 Minnesota Lynx Seimone Augustus, G, LSU
2 Phoenix Mercury Cappie Pondexter, G, Rutgers
3 Charlotte Sting Monique Currie, G, Duke
4 San Antonio Silver Stars Sophia Young, F, Baylor
5 Los Angeles Sparks Lisa Willis, G, UCLA
6 Chicago Sky Candice Dupree, F, Temple
7 Minnesota Lynx Shona Thorburn, G, Utah
8 Washington Mystics Tamara James, G, Miami
9 Indiana Fever La'Tangela Atkinson, F, North Carolina
10 Charlotte Sting Tye'sha Fluker, C, Tennessee
11 Seattle Storm Barbara Turner, G, Connecticut
12 New York Liberty Sherill Baker, G, Georgia
13 Sacramento Monarchs Kim Smith, F, Utah
14 Sacramento Monarchs Scholanda Hoston, G, LSU
2006 WNBA DRAFT, ROUND 2
PICK TEAM SELECTION
15 Houston Comets (traded to Pho.) Ann Strother, G, Connecticut
16 San Antonio Silver Stars Shanna Zolman, G, Tennessee
17 Detroit Shock (traded to Minn.) Ambrosia Anderson, F, BYU
18 Phoenix Mercury (traded to Hou.) Liz Shimek, F, Michigan State
19 Washington Mystics Nikki Blue, G, UCLA
20 Chicago Sky Jennifer Harris, G, Washburn
21 Phoenix Mercury (traded to Hou.) Mistie Williams, F, Duke
22 Los Angeles Sparks Willnett Crockett, F, Connecticut
23 New York Liberty Brooke Queenan, F, Boston College
24 Houston Comets Ranae Camino, Australia
25 Seattle Storm Dalila Eshe, F, Florida
26 Indiana Fever Kasha Terry, F, Georgia Tech
27 Charlotte Sting LaToya Bond, G, Missouri
28 Connecticut Sun Debbie Merrill, F, Ohio State
2006 WNBA DRAFT, ROUND 3
PICK TEAM SELECTION
29 Houston Comets Tiffany Stansbury, F, N.C. State
30 San Antonio Silver Stars Khara Smith, F, DePaul
31 Minnesota Lynx Megan Duffy, G, Notre Dame
32 Phoenix Mercury Crystal Smith, G, Iowa
33 Washington Mystics Miriam Sy, C, Oklahoma City University
34 Chicago Sky Kerri Gardin, F, Virginia Tech
35 Detroit Shock Zane Teilane, C, Western Illinois
36 Los Angeles Sparks Tiffany Porter-Talbert, G, W. Kentucky
37 New York Liberty Christelle N'Garsanet, C, Missouri
38 Indiana Fever Jessica Foley, G, Duke
39 Seattle Storm Erin Grant, G, Texas Tech
40 Indiana Fever Marina Kuzina, C, Russia
41 Sacramento Monarchs Lamisha Augustine, F, San Jose St.
42 Connecticut Sun Marita Payne, C, Auburn