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WNBA DRAFT 2011: JESSICA BRELAND, NY LIBERTY FORWARD, CANCER SURVIVOR

WNBA DRAFT 2011: JESSICA BRELAND, NY LIBERTY FORWARD, CANCER SURVIVOR

In Monday’s WNBA Draft, Jessica Breland was selected 13th overall by the Minnesota Lynx before being traded to the New York Liberty.

Breland missed the entire 2009-10 season while receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma • After being diagnosed in the spring of 2009, she spent six months undergoing chemotherapy at UNC Hospitals.

Tulsa’s #2 pick will wear #8

MOORE, CAMBAGE, VANDERSLOOT GO 1, 2, 3

Liz Cambage - #2 pick - Tulsa

In one of the most anticipated and exciting drafts in recent history, the WNBA kicked off it’s 15th season in style. Hosted at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol Connecticut, players were treated to a full day of what was called “the circuit.” Maya Moore & Liz Cambage were especially busy as crews from ESPN & Australia (Cambage) followed their every step.

“The last time I had a moment to myself was before the (NCAA) tournament started,” Moore said in response to questions about her busy day. “But I’m excited” she continued.
At 6’8″ tall Liz Cambage was larger than life at the press conference and showed off a WNBA ready BIG personality.
“I think the fans in Tulsa will love her.” said her new head coach Nolan Richardson.
The #3 pick Courtney Vandersloot was absolutely amazed at her high pick as she heads off to the Chicago Sky where Pokey Chatman will help mold her already great point guard skills into an all-star caliber guard.
At #4 Amber Harris will take her 6’5″ “guard in a post body” to the Lynx and team up with fellow rookies Moore & Angel Robinson.
Rounding out the top 5 is Jantel Lavendar selected by the Sparks and will team with Candace Parker in providing LA with a strong post presence.

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