Givens Invited to WNBA Draft
One of 22 players invited to Wednesday's draft in ClevelandApril 2, 2007 · MT Media Relations
The Draft will cap a week-long celebration of events surrounding women's basketball in Cleveland. The Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland's Public Square will host the Draft, beginning at 1 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will provide live first-round coverage, while ESPNU and NBATV will provide continued live coverage of the second and third rounds from 2-3:30 p.m. In addition, WNBA.com will cover all three rounds, providing complete analysis and comprehensive information on all 13 teams' selections.
The players who will attend the 2007 WNBA Draft are as follows:
Alison Bales, Duke, Center, 6'7
Cori Chambers, Georgia, Guard, 5'9
Jessica Davenport, Ohio State, Center, 6'5
Nare Diawara, Virginia Tech, Center, 6'6
Jessica Dickson, South Florida, Forward, 5'11
Shay Doron, Maryland, Guard, 5'9
Katie Gearlds, Purdue, Guard/Forward, 5'11
Chrissy Givens, Middle Tennessee, Guard, 5'11
Gillian Goring, N.C. State, Center, 6'7
Lindsey Harding, Duke, Guard, 5'8
Kamesha Hairston, Temple, Forward, 6'0
Tiffany Jackson, Texas, Forward, 6'3
Ivory Latta, North Carolina, Guard, 5'6
Camille Little, North Carolina, Forward, 6'2
Bernice Mosby, Baylor, Forward, 6'1
Eshaya Murphy, Southern Cal, Guard, 5'11
Armintie Price, Mississippi, Guard, 5'9
Noelle Quinn, UCLA, Guard, 6'0
Kathrin Ress, Boston College, Forward, 6'4
Brooke Smith, Stanford, Forward, 6'3
Sidney Spencer, Tennessee, Forward, 6'3
Carla Thomas, Vanderbilt, Forward, 6'3
Givens helped the Blue Raiders to their fourth consecutive Sun Belt Tournament championship and the school's first-ever Sun Belt regular season title in 2006-07. Middle Tennessee made its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, winning a first-round game for the third time in four seasons.
The Monroe, La., native averaged 22.6 points per game as well as 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals. She ranked fourth nationally in scoring, 15th in steals, 61st in field goal percentage (.511) and 84th in assists after the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Givens set the single-season scoring record (768 points) at Middle Tennessee in 2006-07 and also finished first in the single-season record books in field goals made (301), field goal attempts (589) and double-figure scoring games (34). She was also third in steals (102) and third in assists (154) for a single season.
The Ouachita High School product finished her Blue Raider career fifth in scoring (1,925), ninth in rebounding (693) and third in both assists (436) and steals (290).
Middle Tennessee set a school record for victories, posting a 30-4 overall mark, and winning 27 consecutive games from November 29 to March 17, at the time the nation's longest streak and 12 games better than the previous best winning streak at Middle Tennessee.
The WNBA will tip off its second decade of play in 2007 and will feature a record number of national telecasts. Comprehensive coverage of the WNBA regular season will include 91 national telecasts on ABC, ESPN2 and NBA TV. The season will begin on May 19 when the defending champion Detroit Shock hosts the Sacramento Monarchs in a rematch of last year's WNBA Finals. The WNBA All-Star Game will be played at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on July 15 at 3:30 pm ET with live coverage on ABC.
In 2006, the WNBA concluded its historic tenth season with an action-packed WNBA Playoffs. The 2006 WNBA Finals capped a playoff run in which the WNBA saw significant increases in attendance and viewership. The Finals, which aired live on ESPN2, saw the Detroit Shock top the Sacramento Monarchs in the first WNBA Finals match up ever to go to a fifth and deciding game.
For more information on the WNBA, please visit WNBA.com.
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