Women's Hoops: Anderson, McElhiney drafted by WNBA

After a week of false starts as the WNBA put the finishing touches on a collective bargaining agreement, the 2003 WNBA draft was held on Friday. Both of Vanderbilt's graduating seniors, center Chantelle Anderson and point guard Ashley McElhiney, were drafted.

Anderson, who was the #2 pick, will head out west to Sacramento, and McElhiney was the 3rd round selection of the Indiana Fever, which drafted former Commodores Zuzi Klimesova and Jililan Danker last season.

Since Anderson was widely considered to be one of the top draft picks, she was flown to New Jersey for today's draft and was present in person, along with her parents, when Val Ackerman called her name as the Monarch's first round pick.

It was a different story for McElhiney. While many Commodore fans turning on their TV sets at noon to watch the draft live on ESPN2, McElhiney was in Nashville, sitting down to work on the first of two final exams on Friday afternoon.

After the first exam, Anderson's father called McElhiney to give her the good news that she'd been drafted by the Fever, and then she headed off to take her second exam of the afternoon, the last exam of her Vanderbilt career, with only one more paper standing between her and graduation.

McElhiney's plans at this point are uncertain, as she awaits further information from Indiana. Training camps are scheduled to begin Thursday, but traditionally the WNBA allows rookies to return to campus for their college graduation, and both seniors hope to be able to participate.

Overall the SEC fared well in the draft, with six first round draft picks, led by Mississippi State's four-time Kodak All-American LaToya Thomas drafted #1 by the Cleveland Rockers. Kara Lawson (Detroit) and Gwen Jackson (Indiana) of Tennessee were drafted #5 and #6, Aiysha Smith (Washington) of LSU was #7, and Jocelynn Penn (Charlotte) of South Carolina was #9.

Other SEC players drafted include Petra Ujhelyi of South Carolina (Phoenix), DeTrina White of LSU (Indiana), Dana Cherry of Arkansas (Charlotte), and KeKe Tardy of LSU (San Antonio).

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