UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike was selected No. 1 by the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA draft Monday night.
Ogwumike joined her sister Nneka, drafted by Los Angeles in 2012, as the only siblings to be chosen first in the WNBA.
Peyton and Eli Manning are the only other siblings to be taken No. 1 in the history of the four major American pro sports according to STATS.
Chiney Ogwumike finished her stellar career at Stanford as the top scorer and rebounder in Pac-12 history.
The choice of the two-time AP All-American drew loud cheers from the crowd at the Mohegan Sun Arena, where Connecticut plays its home games. This was the first time fans were allowed to attend the draft since it was held in Tampa in 2008.
Odyssey Sims of Baylor went second to Tulsa and San Antonio took Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride with the third pick.
New York drafted Alyssa Thomas of Maryland fourth before trading her to Connecticut as part of a deal to acquire 2012 MVP Tina Charles. The Liberty also gave the Sun next year’s first-round pick and Kelsey Bone, who New York drafted with the fifth pick last year.
The Indiana Fever selected Natasha Howard of Florida State with the fifth pick. UConn teammates Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley went with the next two picks to Washington and Seattle. The Atlanta Dream chose Shoni Schimmel of Louisville with the eighth pick.
The draft was held in primetime for the second straight year. Training camps open April 27, and the WNBA’s 18th season tips off on May 16.
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