April 11, 2011

BRISTOL, Conn. - Two seniors from the National Champion Texas A&M women's basketball team, Sydney Colson and Danielle Adams, were selected in the second round of the 2011 WNBA Draft held Monday afternoon at ESPN headquarters.

Colson (Houston, Texas) was picked 16th overall by the Connecticut Sun and was then traded to the New York Liberty. Adams (Kansas City, Mo.) was selected 20th overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars.

It marked the fourth consecutive year in which an A&M player was drafted into the WNBA. It also marked the second time that the Aggies had two players selected in a WNBA Draft. The other time was in 2008, when Morenike Atunrase (second round by San Antonio) and A'Quonesia Franklin (third round by Sacramento) were both selected.

Colson became the second A&M player to be taken with the 16th overall pick, the highest selection for any Aggie in a WNBA Draft. The other A&M player to be drafted at 16th overall was Danielle Gant by Chicago in 2009.

Colson, a 5-foot-8 guard, finished her four-year career averaging 6.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists over 138 games. She posted over 100 assists three straight seasons and in 2011 she led the Big 12 and ranked in the top 10 nationally with 6.1 assists per game. She finished the year second on the single season chart with 221 assists. Colson ranks fourth all-time in A&M's career assists (504) and steals (255). She was a 2011 AP All-America Honorable Mention and an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

"It feels unbelievable and I'm very grateful," said Colson. "I'm just as excited as when Coach Blair told me before the Notre Dame game that I was one of the 15 selected to go to the (WNBA) Draft. I really didn't think the WNBA was in my future and I'm just blessed and happy to be given this opportunity. It's a whole new ball game and I'm looking forward to seeing how much better I can get.

"Going to New York is going to be awesome I couldn't be happier with this opportunity I've been given and I plan to keep working hard and hopefully make an impact at the next level."

Adams, a 6-foot-1 combination forward/center was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2011 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship after recording the second-most points in national championship game history behind only Sheyrl Swoopes' record of 47 points in 1993. She is Texas A&M's first State Farm (formerly Kodak) All-American, first AP First Team All-American and first USBWA All-American. She finished her Aggie career averaging 19.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over 71 games.

"I'm very happy with the selection that's been made for me to go to San Antonio and it feels so great to stay in Texas," Adams said. "I'll be comfortable playing in San Antonio, just knowing about the second family that I have at A&M. I'm only three hours from A&M and that is going to be great for the coaches and girls that can come down to watch me play.

"I really didn't know what to expect (regarding her pick in the WNBA Draft), but I'm very happy. I plan on working hard to make this team a contender and bring a championship to San Antonio. I look forward to playing for many years to come."

Comprised of 12 teams in Atlanta, Chicago, Connecticut, Indiana, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Seattle, Phoenix, Tulsa, Seattle and Washington D.C., the WNBA is the most successful women's professional team sports league in the world and will tip off its 15th season on June 3.

TEXAS A&M ALL-TIME WNBA DRAFT PICKS
Tanisha Smith - 22nd overall - 2010 Second Round - Seattle Storm
Danielle Gant - 16th overall - 2009 Second Round - Chicago Sky
Morenike Atunrase - 24th overall - 2008 Second Round - Atlanta Dream (traded to San Antonio Silver Stars)
A'Quonesia Franklin - 38th overall - 2008 Third Round - Sacramento Monarchs
Toccara Williams - 34th overall - 2004 Third Round - San Antonio Silver Stars
Jaynetta Saunders - 27th overall - 2001 Second Round - Cleveland Rockers