SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — UConn's Tina Charles was selected first by the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA draft on Thursday, less than two days after helping the Huskies win their second straight national championship.
Charles averaged more than 18 points and nine rebounds while leading UConn to an NCAA Division I-record 78 straight victories over the past two seasons.
The Sun traded with the Minnesota Lynx in the offseason to get The Associated Press player of the year. Charles joined Sue Bird (2002) and Diana Taurasi (2004) as the only UConn players taken with the top overall pick.
The Sun also acquired Charles' former UConn teammate, Renee Montgomery, in exchange for Monica Wright, the second pick in the draft, and former University of Minnesota star Lindsay Whalen. The Lynx then took Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin with the third pick. Wright and Griffin got to know each other as they roomed at both the Final Four and the WNBA draft.
Chicago drafted former Rutgers guard Epiphanny Prince with the fourth pick. She was unable to attend the draft because she was playing in Turkey for Botas-Spor. Prince left Rutgers after her junior year to pursue a playing career overseas.