Maryland senior guard Laurin Mincy was selected by the New York Liberty in the third round with the No. 27 pick overall in the 2015 WNBA draft Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Mincy was the Terps' leading scorer with 13.5 points per game this season as she helped lead the team to an 18-0 record in Big Ten play, the Big Ten tournament title and its second straight Final Four. The Liberty went 15-19 last season. The Washington Mystics selected Dayton forward Ally Malott in the first round (eighth overall). "We have had the opportunity to see Ally in person eight or nine times, as well as watch her practice," coach and general manager Mike Thibault said. "In my mind, she is the best definition of the modern "stretch four" in this draft. She is one of the best shooters in the draft at any position. She helps space the floor, can play around the basket and is a very good outlet passer to start the break." At Dayton, Malott averaged a career-high 15.5 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game this season. She helped the Flyers to four NCAA tournament appearances and ranks seventh on the school's all-time list for points (1,504), rebounds (824) and 3-point field goal percentage (.358). Washington added Natasha Cloud in the second round (15th overall). Cloud, a 6-0 guard who started her college career at Maryland, transferred to Saint Joseph's, where this season she averaged a career-high 12.9 points per game while starting all 28 games and leading the Atlantic 10 in minutes per game (37.6). She was fifth in the nation among seniors in assists (6.6) and led the team in rebounds (163) and steals (50). In the third round (32nd overall), Washington added forward Marica Gajic from Bosnia Herzegovina.
Men's college basketball
Patterson Mill's Keyser to attend Colo. State
East Baltimore native and former Patterson Mill basketball star C.J. Keyser committed to Colorado State on Wednesday. Keyser, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound combo guard considered a three-star prospect, picked the Rams over offers from Boston University, Drexel, Duquesne, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph's, Quinnipiac, Western Kentucky and several others. He had significant high-major interest as well.
For Matt Bracken's blog post on Keyser's decision, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
Terps wrestler Alexander charged with assault in Pa.
Charges have been filed against Maryland wrestler Justin Alexander, 20, who is accused of assaulting a woman and trying to take her from her State College, Pa., apartment building. Alexander was arraigned before District Judge Carmine Prestia on Thursday on misdemeanor counts of unlawful restraint, making terroristic threats, false imprisonment and tampering with fire apparatus and two summary charges of harassment and criminal mischief. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. The charges stem from an incident reported to State College police over the weekend. Maryland released this statement: "Justin Alexander has been suspended indefinitely for violating the student-athlete code of conduct. We take this matter very seriously and will continue to cooperate with the authorities throughout this process."
College football: Rising junior quarterback Will Worth was named the winner of the Vice Adm. William P. Mack Award as most improved player during Navy's spring drills as voted on by the coaching staff. It is just the third time a quarterback has earned the honor in the 40-year history of the award.
Women's college lacrosse: Sheila Nesselbush scored the game-winner with 3:44 left to play as No. 7 Northwestern (10-4) hung on and won, 10-9, over No. 11 Notre Dame (9-6). Kaleigh Craig tied the score at 9 with five minutes to go for visiting Northwestern. ... Kayla Treanor had five goals and two assists to lead No. 9 Syracuse (10-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 16-8 victory over No. 14 Louisville (9-5, 1-5). The visiting Orange broke a 4-all score with a 7-0 run that started with five minutes left in the first half and ended with 23 minutes left in the game. ... Katie Chase (Glenelg) had five goals to lead No. 16 Ohio State (11-5, 2-2 Big Ten) to a 17-7 win over visiting Rutgers (1-14, 0-4). Eleven wins are the most in program history for the Buckeyes.
Orioles: Shortstop J.J. Hardy (shoulder) rested Thursday after taking batting practice Wednesday. He'll continue to work out and take BP at Camden Yards today. Infielder Jimmy Paredes (back) will play at Double-A Bowie tonight and at Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. ... The Orioles' High-A Frederick affiliate has placed two fairly high-profile minor leaguers on the seven-day disabled list: catcher Chance Sisco with a small fracture to his right ring finger and outfielder Josh Hart with a sprained right shoulder.
Nationals: Washington right-handed relief pitcher Craig Stammen was diagnosed with a torn flexor, officially a "musculotendinous injury" in his pitching arm and will require surgery that could be season-ending. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
—Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post
Men's soccer: Funeral services for former Blast great Billy Ronson, who died April 8 at age 58, will take place Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Evans Funeral Chapel in Parkville. Ronson, who was inducted into the Blast Hall of Fame in 2009, played a total of seven seasons with the franchise and had a 26-year playing career that began at 18 when he played outdoors for the Blackpool Football Club in his home country, England.
The item on Maryland wrestler Justin Alexander was updated on April 20.