April 8, 2010
Secaucus, N.J. - University of Connecticut senior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) was selected by the Connecticut Sun with the No. 1 pick of the 2010 WNBA Draft on Thursday afternoon at NBA Studios.
Charles, the 2010 Associated Press and Naismith National Player of the Year, helped guide the Huskies to a second straight 39-0 record and NCAA National Championship. She finished her career as UConn's all-time leader in points (2,346) and rebounds (1,367) and ranked third among the program's all-time block leaders (304).
Fellow UConn senior Kalana Greene (Saint Stephen, S.C.) was with the 13th selection overall (first pick of second round) by the New York Liberty. Greene, averaged 11.2 ppg while shooting .583 (190-of-326) and adding 52 steals. Greene's 1,444 career points rank as the 18th most in UConn career annals.
Charles and Greene mark the 21st and 22nd WNBA Draft picks in UConn history and marked the sixth time that multiple Huskies have been selected in the same draft since its inception in 1997.
The selections also mark the 11th time in the past 13 years that saw a Connecticut player selected in the WNBA Draft - the lone exceptions coming in 2003 and 2007, when the Huskies did not have any seniors on the roster.