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Kelsey Plum goes No. 1 in WNBA draft

Kelsey Plum was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft by the San Antonio Stars. The Washington guard finished her college career as the NCAA’s career scoring leader.

WNBA draft set for Thursday; San Antonio holds No. 1 pick

Ruth Riley’s phone has been ringing constantly over the past week. It will only get busier over the next 24 hours. Such is life for the general manager of the San Antonio Stars, who hold the No. 1 pick in Thursday night’s WNBA draft. Washington guard Kelsey Plum is the consensus choice at No. 1.

Jewell Loyd taken first in WNBA draft by Seattle

Jewell Loyd is the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft. Loyd, who was chosen by the Seattle Storm on Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, decided to skip her final season at Notre Dame and enter this year’s draft. She’s the first Irish player to be taken with the top pick. Fellow underclassmen Amanda Zahui B. was taken by Tulsa with the second pick. Minnesota’s red-shirt sophomore and Loyd (right in photo) were eligible to be drafted because they turn 22 during this calendar year. “For me, it was the best thing,” Loyd said about skipping her senior year. “For (Zahui), it was the best thing for her.” Seattle also took UConn forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with the third pick. Training camps open May 17, and the WNBA’s 19th season tips off on June 5. – AP

Sun take Chiney Ogwumike with top pick in WNBA draft

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun. Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.

Ogwumike, Sims expected to lead WNBA draft class

Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims are the consensus top two picks for tonight’s WNBA draft. The Connecticut Sun are expected take to Ogwumike with the first pick in this year’s draft ( 5 p.m., ESPN2) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with Sims going to the Tulsa Shock at No. 2. If Ogwumike does go No. 1, it would mark the first time in WNBA history that sisters were selected with the top pick. Nneka Ogwumike, who also starred at Stanford, was taken No. 1 overall by Los Angeles on 2012. – Associated Press

WNBA draft lacking franchise player

There isn’t a likely franchise player in today’s WNBA draft, such as Candace Parker, Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles and Maya Moore – the No. 1 picks the last four years. Those wanting to select 6-foot-8 sensation Brittney Griner will have to wait until next year.

Chicago Sky pick Vandersloot and Bjorklund

Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot became the highest drafted basketball player with local ties when the Chicago Sky selected her with the third pick in the WNBA Draft Monday afternoon.