McCoughtry taken first overall; UM's Coleman, Toliver selected next

The Baltimore Sun

Angel McCoughtry found a way to become No. 1 - in the WNBA draft.

Two days after her Louisville team was beaten by Connecticut in the national title game in St. Louis, the All-America forward and former St. Frances standout was chosen by the Atlanta Dream with the No. 1 overall pick in Secaucus, N.J.

"I have no complaints," she said Thursday. "This is the best thing in the world."

The next two players selected recently completed standout careers at Maryland. Forward Marissa Coleman was chosen by the Washington Mystics with the second pick, and guard Kristi Toliver went to the Chicago Sky with the third selection.

The two helped Maryland win the NCAA title as freshmen in 2006. This season, the Terrapins lost to Louisville, 77-60, in the Raleigh Regional final March 30.

Coleman will be reunited with former Terp Crystal Langhorne with the Mystics.

"It's exciting to play in Washington, in front of my family and friends," said Coleman, who is from Cheltenham.

Connecticut's Renee Montgomery was the No. 4 pick by the Minnesota Lynx.

Teams will open training camp May 17, exhibition games will begin May 21 and the league's 13th season will start June 6.

For a complete list of WNBA draft first-round selections, see For the Record on PG 2.

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