2003 WNBA draft

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2003 WNBA draft
General information
SportBasketball
Date(s)April 24, 2003
Overview
LeagueWNBA
Merging teams Miami Sol
Portland Fire
(both teams folded in 2002)
First selection LaToya Thomas
Cleveland Rockers
  2002
2004  

The 2003 WNBA draft, both the dispersal draft and the regular WNBA draft, took place on April 24. The dispersal draft involved players from the rosters of the Portland Fire and Miami Sol teams which had both folded after the 2002 season. For that reason, Miami's picks obtained in trades were lost.

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The year brought multiple changes. Along with the folding of the Fire and the Sol, two teams moved to new cities. The Utah Starzz moved from Salt Lake City, Utah, to San Antonio, Texas, changing their name to the San Antonio Silver Stars, and the Orlando Miracle moved from Orlando, Florida, to Uncasville, Connecticut, to become the Connecticut Sun. The Sun became the first franchise not to be based in a city that also was home to an NBA franchise.

The draft itself also changed. Instead of the previous four-round format, the 2003 draft shrunk to its current format of only three rounds.

Key

G Guard F Forward C Center
^Denotes player who has been inducted to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
+Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
BoldDenotes player who won Rookie of the Year

Dispersal draft

PickPlayerPositionNationalityNew teamFormer team
1 Ruth Riley +CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Detroit Shock Miami Sol
2 Sheri Sam +F/GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Minnesota Lynx Miami Sol
3 Betty Lennox +GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Cleveland Rockers Miami Sol
4 Tamicha Jackson GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Phoenix Mercury Portland Fire
5 DeMya Walker FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Sacramento Monarchs Portland Fire
6 Debbie Black GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Connecticut Sun Miami Sol
7 Sylvia Crawley CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Indiana Fever Portland Fire
8 Jenny Mowe CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Washington Mystics Portland Fire
9 Alisa Burras FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Seattle Storm Portland Fire
10 Pollyanna Johns Kimbrough CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Charlotte Sting Miami Sol
11 Elena Baranova +FFlag of Russia.svg  Russia New York Liberty Miami Sol
12 LaQuanda Barksdale G/FFlag of the United States.svg  United States San Antonio Silver Stars Portland Fire
13 Ukari Figgs GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Houston Comets Portland Fire
14 Jackie Stiles ^ +GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Los Angeles Sparks Portland Fire

College draft

Round 1

PickPlayerPositionNationalityTeamSchool / club team
1 LaToya Thomas FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Cleveland Rockers Mississippi State
2 Chantelle Anderson CFlag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon Sacramento Monarchs Vanderbilt
3 Cheryl Ford + [lower-alpha 1] CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Detroit Shock Louisiana Tech
4 Plenette Pierson +FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Phoenix Mercury Texas Tech
5 Kara Lawson +GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Detroit Shock (from Connecticut, traded to Sacramento) Tennessee
6 Gwen Jackson FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Indiana Fever Tennessee
7 Aiysha Smith CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Washington Mystics LSU
8 Jung Sun-min CFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Seattle Storm Gwangju Sinsegye Coolcats (South Korea)
9 Jocelyn Penn FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Charlotte Sting South Carolina
10 Molly Creamer GFlag of the United States.svg  United States New York Liberty Bucknell
11 Coretta Brown GFlag of the United States.svg  United States San Antonio Silver Stars North Carolina
12 Allison Curtin GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Houston Comets (traded to Detroit) Tulsa

Notes:

  1. Won a WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock in her first season.

Round 2

PickPlayerPositionNationalityTeamSchool / club team
13 Courtney Coleman FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Connecticut Sun (from Detroit) Ohio State
14 Teresa Edwards GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Minnesota Lynx Georgia
15 Jennifer Butler CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Cleveland Rockers Massachusetts
16 Petra Ujhelyi F/CFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Phoenix Mercury (traded to Detroit) South Carolina
17 Erin Thorn GFlag of the United States.svg  United States New York Liberty (from Sacramento) BYU
18 Jordan Adams CFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Minnesota Lynx (from Miami) New Mexico
19 Lori Nero F/CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Houston Comets (from Connecticut) Louisville
20 DeTrina White FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Indiana Fever LSU
21 Zuzana Žirková GFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Washington Mystics Gambrinus Sika Brno (Czech Republic)
22 Suzy Batkovic CFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Seattle Storm Valenciennes (France)
23 Dana Cherry GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Charlotte Sting Arkansas
24 Sonja Mallory CFlag of the United States.svg  United States New York Liberty Georgia Tech
25 Ke-Ke Tardy FFlag of the United States.svg  United States San Antonio Silver Stars LSU
26 K. B. Sharp GFlag of the United States.svg  United States New York Liberty (from Houston) Cincinnati
27 Schuye LaRue FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Los Angeles Sparks Virginia

Round 3

PickPlayerPositionNationalityTeamSchool / club team
28 Syreeta Bromfield FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Detroit Shock Michigan State
29 Carla Bennett CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Minnesota Lynx Drake
30 Shaquala Williams GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Cleveland Rockers Oregon
31 Telisha Quarles GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Phoenix Mercury (traded to Detroit) Virginia
32 Trish Juhline GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Washington Mystics (from Sacramento) Villanova
33 Marion Jones GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Phoenix Mercury (from Miami) North Carolina
34 Lindsey Wilson GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Connecticut Sun Iowa State
35 Ashley McElhiney GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Indiana Fever Vanderbilt
36 Tamara Bowie FFlag of the United States.svg  United States Washington Mystics Ball State
37 Chrissy Floyd GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Seattle Storm Clemson
38 Constance Jinks GFlag of the United States.svg  United States Houston Comets (from Charlotte) UNLV
39 Nicole Kaczmarski GFlag of the United States.svg  United States New York Liberty UCLA
40 Brooke Armistead GFlag of the United States.svg  United States San Antonio Silver Stars Austin Peay
41 Oxana Rakhmatulina GFlag of Russia.svg  Russia Houston Comets CSKA Samara (Russia)
42 Mary Jo Noon CFlag of the United States.svg  United States Los Angeles Sparks Purdue

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