Vanderbilt's Carla Thomas, Dee Davis Drafted

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Vanderbilt seniors Carla Thomas and Dee Davis were both selected in the 2007 WNBA Draft, held Wednesday afternoon at the Renaissance Hotel.

With the 10th pick in the 2007 WNBA draft, the Chicago Sky selected Thomas, a 6-3 forward. Four picks later, the Houston Comets made Davis, a 5-7 point guard, the first pick of the draft's second round (14th overall).

A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Thomas averaged 16.2 points per game on her way to being named a unanimous first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. Leading the Commodores to their third SEC Tournament championship in six years, Thomas earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors for the second time in her career.

In their expansion season of 2006, the Sky finished with a 5-29 record. With her ability to produce points both in the lane and on the perimeter, Thomas will be counted on to help the league's lowest scoring team.

Davis finished her Commodore career as the school's all-time leader in assists. A first-team All-SEC selection, the Cincinnati, Ohio native also proved she could score at-will when she poured 19 points on LSU in the SEC Tournament championship game.

The Comets placed third in the West during the 2006 season, finishing the regular season with an 18-16 record. With Dawn Staley retiring, Davis will get a chance to show off her mettle as a court general.

The 2007 WNBA regular season begins on May 19.

This marks the third year that two Commodores have been selected in the same draft. Of the 10 Commodores drafted into the WNBA since 1999, only center Chantelle Anderson (second overall pick, 2002) -- a two-time All-American -- was chosed higher than No. 14.


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