Thursday, April 10, 2008

Two Terps Picked in First Round of WNBA Draft

In yesterday's annual WNBA draft, two Terps were selected in the first round. Crystal Langhorne (2004-08) was drafted with the 6th pick by the Washington Mystics, and then shortly thereafter, Laura Harper (2004-08) was drafted with the 10th pick by the Sacramento Monarchs.

Excerpts from the Washington Post story (linked above):
Langhorne, who was joined at the draft by her parents, two brothers and Maryland Coach Brenda Frese, is the Terrapins' all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The two-time all-American and ACC player of the year averaged 17.3 points and 9.4 rebounds and made 64.7 percent of her shots last season. She had hopes of being selected in the first round but wasn't sure what to expect on draft day.

"A lot of people were saying some things, but you never know what coaches are thinking or who they need, guards or posts," Langhorne said. "When Washington came up, I was like, 'Hopefully they pick me,' and they did." [...]

Langhorne's teammate, Laura Harper, was chosen by the Sacramento Monarchs at No. 10, giving Maryland two first-round picks for the first time in school history.

"We're just elated," Frese said. "What a proud moment, special day for Maryland basketball."

Harper was stunned to hear her name called when it was.

"When I heard my name I was euphoric," Harper said. "I didn't know if it was a dream or what. Playing amongst a class of so many talented players, it's just like the bar is set so high. To be among them, I just felt speechless."

The Baltimore Sun has a good story about Langhorne and Harper too:
For four years, Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper were inseparable on the Maryland women's basketball team's front line, not to mention their time together on a Philadelphia-area Amateur Athletic Union team before that. The pair, integral pieces of the Terps' 2006 national championship effort, were sent to opposite coasts yesterday in the WNBA draft.

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