Bates-Corkeran invited to Mystics camp Wilde Lake grad is one of six picked from tryouts


Rhonda Bates-Corkeran, who played at Wilde Lake High School before going to Temple University and a professional career overseas, was one of six players who survived tryouts for the Washington Mystics at the MCI Center on Sunday.

Of the 400 players who showed up for the WNBA expansion team's open tryouts, Bates-Corkeran, Liza Donnell of Newark, N.J., Keri Chaconas of Springfield, Va., La'Shawn Brown of East Cleveland, Ohio, Meredith Sisson of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Teakyta Barnes of Syracuse, N.Y., get to attend Mystics training camp from May 12-June 10, joining eight others that the team picked in the expansion and free-agent drafts.

The Mystics picked up four players during the WNBA draft last Wednesday, taking Florida's All-American forward Murriel Page with the third pick of the draft, as well as Connecticut guard Rita Williams (second round), Iowa shooting guard Angela Hamblin and Texas center Angela Jackson.

"We got the player we thought we would get in Murriel Page," Mystics GM Wes Unseld said. "I was surprised to get [Rita] Williams, and the other players were pleasant surprises as well."

The Mystics' allotted players, Nikki McCray and Alessandra Santos de Oliveira, will be playing in the World Championships and won't attend training camp. The training camp roster also includes guards Penny Moore and Deborah Carter, forward Tammy Jackson and center Heidi Burge, all picked in the expansion draft.

ABL: The New England Blizzard acquired the No. 3 pick in today's American Basketball League draft by sending 5-foot-8 guard Deanna Tate (Maryland) to the Long Beach Stingrays.

The StingRays, in addition to Tate, received New England's first-round pick, No. 7 overall.

Tate joined the Blizzard before last season.

Among players available for selection are St. John's forward-center Cozette Ballentine; Blizzard center Dana Johnson (Western), who attended Tennessee; Maryland guard-forward Dafne Lee (Walbrook); and Richmond Rage forward-guard Amy Mallon (Mount Hebron), who attended St. Joseph's.

TV: Lifetime television said it will use an all-female production crew for its WNBA telecasts.

"There are many excellent women in sports production who've never been given the helm," said Doug McCormick, president of Lifetime.

Pub Date: 5/05/98

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