2003 WNBA Draft Overview

2003 brought a first for the WNBA, a dispersal draft. Following the 2002 season the franchises in Miami and Portland were force to fold. The dispersal draft allowed WNBA teams to add players from those teams.

Also, the first teams began to relocate. The Utah Starzz moved from Utah to San Antonio becoming the Silver Stars. The Orlando Miracle moved to Connecticut and became the Connecticut Sun. This was the first time the WNBA placed a franchise in a city with no NBA team.

Also the college draft was cut from four rounds to three.

Dispersal Draft

Pick Team Player Position Former Team
1 Detroit Shock Ruth Riley C Miami Sol
2 Minnesota Lynx Sheri Sam F/G Miami Sol
3 Cleveland Rockers Betty Lennox G Miami Sol
4 Phoenix Mercury Tamicha Jackson G Portland Fire
5 Sacramento Monarchs DeMya Walker F Portland Fire
6 Connecticut Sun Debbie Black G Miami Sol
7 Indiana Fever Sylvia Crawley C Portland Fire
8 Washington Mystics Jenny Mowe C Portland Fire
9 Seattle Storm Alisa Burras F Portland Fire
10 Charlotte Sting Pollyanna Johns Kimbrough F Miami Sol
11 New York Liberty Elena Baranova F Miami Sol
12 San Antonio Silver Stars LaQuanda Barksdale G/F Portland Fire
13 Houston Comets Ukari Figgs G Portland Fire
14 Los Angeles Sparks Jackie Stiles G Portland Fire

College Draft

First Round

Pick Team Player Position College
1 Cleveland Rockers LaToya Thomas F Mississippi State
2 Sacramento Monarchs Chantelle Anderson C Vanderbilt
3 Detroit Shock Cheryl Ford C Louisiana Tech
4 Phoenix Mercury Plenette Pierson F Texas Tech
5 Detroit Shock Kara Lawson G Tennessee
6 Indiana Fever Gwen Jackson F Tennessee
7 Washington Mystics Aiysha Smith C LSU
8 Seattle Storm Jung Sun-Min C South Korea
9 Charlotte Sting Jocelyn Penn F South Carolina
10 New York Liberty Molly Creamer G Bucknell
11 San Antonio Silver Stars Coretta Brown G North Carolina
12 Houston Comets Allison Curtin G Tulsa

Second Round

Pick Team Player Position College
13 Connecticut Sun Courtney Coleman F Ohio State
14 Minnesota Lynx Teresa Edwards G Georgia
15 Cleveland Rockers Jennifer Butler C Massachusetts
16 Phoenix Mercury Petra Uihelyi F/C South Carolina
17 New York Liberty Erin Thorn G Brigham Young
18 Minnesota Lynx Jordan Adams C New Mexico
19 Houston Comets Lori Nero F/C Louisville
20 Indiana Fever DeTrina White F LSU
21 Washington Mystics Zuzana Zirkova G Slovakia
22 Seattle Storm Suzy Batkovic C Australia
23 Charlotte Sting Dana Cherry G Arkansas
24 New York Liberty Sonja Mallory C Georgia Tech
25 San Antonio Silver Stars Ke-Ke Tardy F LSU
26 New York Liberty K.B. Sharp G Cincnnatie
27 Los Angeles Sparks Schuye LaRue F Virginia

Third Round

Pick Team Player Position College
28 Detroit Shock Syreeta Bromfield F Michigan State
29 Minnesota Lynx Carla Bennett C Drake
30 Cleveland Rockers Shaquala Williams G Oregon
31 Phoenix Mercury Telisha Quarles G Virginia
32 Washington Mystics Trish Juhline G Villanova
33 Phoenix Mercury Marion Jones G North Carolina
34 Connecticut Sun Lindsey Wilson G Iowa State
35 Indiana Fever Ashley McElhiney G Vanderbilt
36 Washington Mystics Tamara Bowie F Ball State
37 Seattle Storm Chrissy Ford G Clemson
38 Houston Comets Constance Jinks G UNLV
39 New York Liberty Nicole Kaczmarski G UCLA
40 San Antonio Silver Stars Brooke Armistead G Austin Peay
41 Houston Comets Oksana Rakhmatulina G Russia
42 Los Angeles Sparks Mary Jo Noon C Purdue

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