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    UConn’s Ketia Swanier Selected in First Round of 2008 WNBA Draft

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    TAMPA, Fla. (April 9, 2008) - UConn senior Ketia Swanier (Columbus, Ga.) was selected by the Connecticut Sun with the 12th overall selection in the 2008 WNBA Draft, which was held Wednesday afternoon in Tampa, Fla.

    Swanier is the ninth UConn player to be chosen in the first round of the WNBA Draft and the first since Barbara Turner was selected 11th overall by the Seattle Storm in 2006.

    Fellow UConn senior Charde Houston (San Diego, Calif.) was selected in the third round (30th overall) by the Minnesota Lynx.

    The two selections represent the sixth time since 1999 that multiple UConn players have been chosen in a WNBA Draft.

    The selections also mark the eighth time in the past 10 years that a Connecticut player was selected in the WNBA Draft - the lone exceptions coming in 2003 and 2007, when the Huskies did not have any seniors on the roster.

    Swanier and Houston represent the 18th and 19th UConn players selected in a WNBA Draft.

    Swanier finished her career with an exceptional senior campaign that saw her earn the inaugural BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year Award after leading the conference with a 2.10 assist/turnover ratio.  She closed out her tenure ranked seventh among the program’s career leaders in assists (479) and steals (247).

    Swanier is the only player in UConn history to rank among the program’s top 10 career leaders in games played (142), assists and steals.  She averaged 4.2 assists per game over her final two seasons and was named as a 2008 All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention choice.

    Houston posted 1,365 career points, which rank as the 22nd highest scoring total in UConn annals.  Also a factor on the defensive end throughout her collegiate career, Houston tallied 132 career blocks – which ranks eighth-best among Connecticut’s career leaders.

    For her career, Houston posted double-figure points 71 times and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 BIG EAST Tournament in addition to being an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection.