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  • Angel needs to violate team rules more often
  • The Mystics need to make a couple more adjustments and they’ll have that Dive action just right: get a lead, then lose it in dramatic fashion and have the opposition sink a last second basket. Who knew Catch and Katie would miss?
  • Maybe Fred underestimate Tulsa’s Diving skills?
  • Really, the less said about the Lib’s defense, the better. Building on a Mechelle tweet, they got UConned. There was a Kelley Cain sighting… and did you notice Peters’ box?
  • The Lynx give everyone an excuse to look up the old film “10” and call it research.

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From Mechelle: L.A. picks Ogwumike No. 1

The woman who was considered the one lock-solid, absolute sure thing in this WNBA draft was herself not sure about playing pro basketball until about a year ago.

Stanford forward Nneka Ogwumike was chosen first Monday by the Los Angeles Sparks. For all the program’s accolades, the Cardinal had never before had the top WNBA draft selection from its ranks.

“And we could potentially have three No. 1 picks from our school this year, with Andrew Luck and Mark Appel,” said Ogwumike, ever the proud alum.

Andd more: Redemption is common thread – Shock, 9-59 the past two seasons, and some draft picks after the same thing

Miami’s Riquna Williams breathed a sigh of relief and gratitude when she heard her name called. Her wait was over, and she hopes a fresh start is ahead.

“I definitely got teary,” Williams said.

At Monday’s WNBA draft, Williams was one of the 15 players invited to take part at ESPN’s studio. Considering how her Miami career ended — she was not taken to the team’s early-round NCAA tournament games at Gonzaga, where the Hurricanes lost in the second round — Williams knew doubts had surrounded her.

Samantha Prahalis’ style fits Mercury

If you want scoring ability and highlight-reel passes, Samantha Prahalis can give you that.

If you want conformity, look elsewhere. That’s something she isn’t interested in providing.

Prahalis, a 5-foot-7, up-tempo point guard who was selected No. 6 overall by the Phoenix Mercury in Monday’s WNBA draft, isn’t sure why she was so heavily scrutinized in her four years at Ohio State. But she has her suspicions.

Peck and Lobo do a little WNBA Draft Recap

Wait, there’s more: Draft winners and losers – Shock and Liberty at opposite ends of scale

Who struck out

New York: Just what was John Whisenant doing taking former Tennessee player Kelley Cain — she of the bad knees and bad back — with the No. 7 pick in the first round?

Cain chose to forego her last season of eligibility in Tennessee because she said her body couldn’t stand up to the rigors of that. And although she has been playing in Turkey, she’s not in that country’s top league. Again, this draft didn’t have that much obvious talent. But if Whiz wanted size — veteran post Janel McCarville is sitting out this WNBA season, as she did last year — Georgia Tech’s Goodlett was still available.

For that matter, if he wanted to risk a pick on a Tennessee center with previous injury issues, why not take Vicki Baugh? Or take a flier on Florida State’s Cierra Bravard?

Then with the last pick of the draft, Whiz took Katelan Redmon of Gonzaga. For all practical purposes, New York could have just skipped the draft entirely.

Yup, that’s my McCarville-free GM/Coach, folks! The Rebkellians weigh in. Honestly, the only explanation I can come up with is that the Liberty REALLY want to pad their chances in the Griner sweepstakes.

More team-based draft day articles can be found at Kim’s Women’s Basketball Online – Daily News page.

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Tennessee’s Cain

to forgo final year of eligibility.

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