AU's WNBA Contingent Triples In Size

Auburn, Ala.--Le'Coe Willingham and Mandisa Stevenson have both been successful in their bids to make opening day rosters WNBA teams.

Willingham, who will play for the Connecticut Sun, was an All-SEC senior forward this past season. She led the Auburn women's basketball team with an average of 16.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

The six-footer was a two-time first team all-conference pick for Coach Joe Ciampi, who retired following the 2003-2004 season. The Tigers reached the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and posted a 22-9 record.

Le'Coe Willingham

Stevenson, a 6-2 center, averaged 9.1 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior. A native of Decatur, Ala., she played two seasons for the Tigers after transferring from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla., where she was a junior college All-American.

Stevenson, who plays for the San Antonio Silver Spurs, will open the regular season on Thursday at Houston. Willingham's team will open the regular season on Saturday vs. Phoenix.

Auburn's other player in the WNBA is Ruthie Bolton, who plays guard for Sacramento. She is one of the most honored players in women's basketball history.

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