1997 WNBA Draft Overview

The 1997 WNBA Draft was the first chance teams had to build their rosters. To help teams, there were three different drafts. The first was an Initial Player Allocation draft. That was followed by an Elite Draft, which was made up professional players. Then college draft finished up the roster making process.

Initial Player Allocation

Team Player Position College
Charlotte Sting Vicky Bullett C Maryland
Charlotte Sting Andrea Stinson G North Carolina State
Cleveland Rockers Janice Lawerence Braxton C Louisiana Tech
Cleveland Rockers Michelle Edwards G Iowa
Houston Comets Sheryl Swoopes F Texas Tech
Houston Comets Cynthia Cooper G USC
Los Angeles Sparks Lisa Leslie C USC
Los Angeles Sparks Penny Toler G Long Beach State
New York Liberty Rebecca Lobo C/F Connecticut
New York Liberty Teresa Weatherspoon G Louisiana Tech
Phoenix Mercury Michele Timms G Australia
Phoenix Mercury Jennifer Gilom C Mississippi
Sacramento Monarchs Ruthie Bolton-Holifield G Auburn
Sacramento Monarchs Bridgette Gordon F Tennessee
Utah Starzz Elena Baranova C/F Russia
Utah Starzz Lady Hardmon G Georgia

Elite Draft

First Round

Pick Team Player Position College
1 Utah Starzz Dena Head G Tennessee
2 Cleveland Rockers Isabelle Fijalkowski C/F Colorado
3 Charlotte Sting Rhonda Mapp C/F North Carolina State
4 New York Liberty Kym Hampton C/F Arizona State
5 Houston Comets Wanda Guyton F South Florida
6 Sacramento Monarchs Judy Mosley-McAfee F Hawaii
7 Phoenix Mercury Bridget Pettis F Florida
8 Los Angeles Sparks Daedra Charles C Tennessee

Second Round

Pick Team Player Position College
1 Utah Starzz Wendy Palmer F Virginia
2 Cleveland Rockers Lynette Woodard G Kansas
3 Charlotte Sting Michi Atkins F Texas Tech
4 New York Liberty Vickie Johnson F Louisiana Tech
5 Houston Comets Janeth Arcain F Brazil
6 Sacramento Monarchs Mikiko Hagiwara G Japan
7 Phoenix Mercury Nancy Lieberman-Cline G Old Dominion
8 Los Angeles Sparks Haixia Zheng C China

College Draft

First Round

Pick Team Player Position College
1 Houston Comets Tina Thompson F USC
2 Sacramento Monarchs Pamela McGee C USC
3 Los Angeles Sparks Jamila Wideman G Stanford
4 Cleveland Rockers Eva Nemcova G Czech Republic
5 Utah Starzz Tami Reiss G Virginia
6 New York Liberty Sue Wicks F Rutgers
7 Charlotte Sting Tora Suber G Virginia
8 Phoenix Mercury Toni Foster F/C Iowa

Second Round

Pick Team Player Position College
9 Phoenix Mercury Tia Jackson G/F Iowa
10 Charlotte Sting Sharon Manning C/F North Carolina State
11 New York Liberty Sophia Witherspoon G Florida
12 Utah Starzz Jessie Hicks F/C Maryland
13 Cleveland Rockers Merlakia Jones G/F Florida
14 Los Angeles Sparks Tamecka Dixon G Kansas
15 Sacramento Monarchs Denique Graves C Howard
16 Houston Comets Tammy Jackson F/C Florida

Third Round

Pick Team Player Position College
17 Houston Comets Raquel Spurlock C Louisiana Tech
18 Sacramento Monarchs Chantel Tremitiere G Auburn
19 Los Angeles Sparks Katrina Colleton G Maryland
20 Cleveland Rockers Tina Nicholson G Penn State
21 Utah Starzz Raegan Scott F/C Colorado
22 New York Liberty Trena Trice F/C North Carolina State
23 Charlotte Sting Debra Williams G Louisiana Tech
24 Phoenix Mercury Umeki Webb G/F North Carolina State

Fourth Round

Pick Team Player Position College
25 Phoenix Mercury Monique Ambers F Arizona State
26 Charlotte Sting Andrea Congreaves F/C Mercer
27 New York Liberty Kisha Ford G/F Georgia Tech
28 Utah Starzz Kim Williams G DePaul
29 Cleveland Rockers Anita Maxwell F New Mexico State
30 Los Angeles Sparks Travesa Gant C Lamar
31 Sacramento Monarchs Tajama Abraham C George Washington
32 Houston Comets Catarina Pollini F Italy

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