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    Three Huskies Drafted To WNBA

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    STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut women's basketball players Svetlana Abrosimova (St. Petersburg, Russia), Kelly Schumacher (Quyon, Quebec) and Shea Ralph (Fayetteville, NC) were drafted into the WNBA this afternoon during the 2001 WNBA draft held in Secaucus, NJ. UConn boasted two first round draft picks, while Georgia had three players chosen for the WNBA in the first round. Abrosimova was UConn's highest pick going 7th (1st round) to the Minnesota Lynx, while Schumacher was drafted by the Indiana Fever at the 14th pick (1st round). Ralph was selected as the 40th pick overall in the 3rd round by the Utah Starzz.

    Abrosimova, UConn's first-ever three-time Kodak All-American, was UConn's leading scorer with a 14.1/game average before sustaining a season-ending injury (torn ligament in left foot). In addition to leading the Huskies in scoring, the forward was No. 1 on the team in steals (54) and second on the team in both assists (4.1/game) and rebounding (6.5/game). The 6-2 Abrosimova concluded her four-year UConn career ranked No. 5 in career scoring with 1,865 points, carrying a career scoring average of 14.7/game. She is No. 3 at UConn in career steals. Abrosimova will miss most of the WNBA season due to rehab on her left foot.

    Schumacher is a four-year post player at Connecticut who ranks third all-time in career blocks with 181. She set an NCAA Final Four record in 2000 with nine blocked shots versus Tennessee in the title game. The center grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in the 2001 NCAA Semifinal game and added 12 points and four assists. She finished her UConn career with 717 career points averaging 5.4 ppg and 3.8 rpg.

    Ralph closes her career at UConn as the sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,678 career points (13.1 ppg) and fifth all-time in assists with 456 career assists. The All-American started 30 games in 2000-2001 before tearing the ACL in her left knee during the BIG EAST Championship game. She was named to the 2001 BIG EAST All- Tournament Team helping the Huskies to their 10th BIG EAST Tournament title. In 1999-2000, she was a Kodak All-American, the Honda Award Winner for Basketball, BIG EAST Player of the Year and the 2000 NCAA Final Four MVP. She finishes her career at Connecticut as the winningest women's basketball player in the program with an overall record of 159-12 (over the course of five seasons). Ralph will be sidelined during the 2001 WNBA season in order to rehabilitate her left knee.