WNBA tabs two Lady Vols

Lady Vol teammates Kara Lawson and Gwen Jackson were back-to-back picks in the first round of today's WNBA draft.

Lawson was the fifth pick, going to the Detroit Shock. Jackson was pick No. 6, going to the Indiana Fever.

Lawson, a second-team Associated Press All-American in 2003, averaged 13.6 points per game as a freshman, 11.4 as a sophomore, 15.1 as a junior and 14.4 as a senior. Her career average was 13.8 ppg.

Jackson, an honorable mention AP All-American in 2003, averaged 5.5 points as a freshman, 11.7 as a sophomore, 10.5 as a junior and 16.1 as a senior. Her career average was 11.0 ppg.

Four of the top six picks in the WNBA draft were SEC players. Mississippi State's LaToya Thomas was the opening pick, going to the Cleveland Rockers, while Vanderbilt's 6-6 Chantelle Anderson went No. 2, going to the Sacramento Monarchs. Lawson and Jackson followed moments later. South Carolina's Jocelyn Penn was the ninth pick of Round 1.

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