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Thursday, May 17, 2012

UConn, Tennessee alums dominate WNBA rosters

I just took a look at the 12 opening-day rosters for WNBA teams and it should not come as a surprise that UConn and Tennessee lead the way with the most alums.

There are 11 former Huskies currently on WNBA rosters while Tennessee grads account for 10 roster spots. Duke and Rutgers are next with seven each followed by Stanford with six. These are unofficial numbers. When I see a list of the official rosters (likely tomorrow) I will double check those figures.

I found it interesting that San Antonio is the only team without either a Connecticut or Tennessee product on its roster.

As for the cuts there are a few things that caught my eye. LaSondra Barrett was the only 2012 first-round pick who was cut. I could understand a veteran team like Minnesota or Connecticut cutting loose a first rounder but a team like Washington coming off a six-win season certainly should have had a spot for the 10th player taken in the draft. Making matters worse, I count six players taken after Barrett making WNBA rosters including No. 11 pick Sasha Goodlett (Indiana), second-round picks Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta), Riquana Williams (Tulsa) and Chay Shegog (Connecticut) and third rounders April Sykes (Los Angeles) and Lynetta Kizer (Tulsa) making the cut.

Another thing I noticed is that Sydney Colson was among the cuts by the New York Liberty. Why is that relevant? Well, the rights to Colson were what the Connecticut Sun gave up last year to acquire former UConn star Kalana Greene.

The WNBA season begins tomorrow when Los Angeles meets Seattle.

Former Hopkins star Lauren "Lady" Okafor is planning to transfer out of Providence.

The 6-foot-3 Okafor started 24 games last season when she led her team in blocked shots and was second in rebounder.

Her mother, in an email to the Register, said Okafor may end up in the ACC or Colonial Athletic Association and her final destination figures to be known in the next couple of weeks.

Okafor will have to sit out next season and will two years of eligibility remaining.

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