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Geno Auriemma, Maya Moore, Kathryn Moore (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Geno Auriemma, Maya Moore, Kathryn Moore (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

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By DOUG FEINBERG,  AP Basketball Writer

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) _ Maya Moore’s WNBA career will begin in
Minnesota.

The UConn star was drafted first overall Monday by the Lynx. She
helped UConn win a record 90 straight games over the past two
seasons and led the school to two national championships.

“It feels really great to finally be able to have the moment of
being drafted No. 1,” Moore said. “All the hype and excitement
around it.”

The four-time All-American averaged 22.8 points this season and
19.6 during her career. She was the only collegian to play on the
U.S. women’s national team that won the gold medal at the world
championship last October.

Moore is the second straight UConn player to selected with the
No. 1 pick. Tina Charles went to the Connecticut Sun last season
and was the league’s rookie of the year.

Moore was followed in the draft by: Elizabeth Cambage of
Australia (Tulsa), Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga (Chicago), Amber
Harris of Xavier (Minnesota) and Jantel Lavender of Ohio State (Los
Angeles).

Cambage, a 19-year-old center, is a 6-foot-8 phenom who made a
splash internationally at the world championships. She was
Australia’s leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points.

She’s one of the youngest players ever taken in the WNBA draft.

She’s a few months younger than countrymate Lauren Jackson, who was
just under 20 when she was drafted in 2001 by the Seattle Storm.

“I don’t really think it’s an issue” Cambage said. “I’ll have
a great lot of people looking after me in Tulsa. A lot of people
think I’m in my 20’s. I’m 19 a little baby, mature for my age.”

Cambage made the long trek from Australia to Bristol, Conn., for
the draft, which was taking place at ESPN headquarters.

“This is the coolest moment right now,” she said.

The Shock (6-28) had the worst record in the league last year.

Vandersloot, a point guard, helped lead the Zags to a berth in
the regional final before they lost to Stanford.

The Lynx (13-21) took Harris with the fourth selection.

Minnesota had the rights to the first pick last season before
trading it to Connecticut with Renee Montgomery for Lindsay Whalen
and the Sun’s first pick this year. That turned out to be Harris,
who led Xavier to the Atlantic 10 regular-season and conference
tournament titles.

“A lot of us were in awe of her,” Moorse said. “She’s
athletic, tall, knows how to take over games when she needs to. I’m
excited to compete and get on the court with her.”

Danielle Robinson of Oklahoma went sixth to San Antonio and
Tulsa took Kayla Pedersen of Stanford with the seventh pick. Xavier
star Ta’Shia Phillips went eighth to Atlanta.

Rounding out the first round, it was: Stanford’s Jeanette Pohlen
to Indianapolis at No. 9; Georgia Tech’s Alex Montgomery to New
York at No. 10; Kentucky’s Victoria Dunlap to Washington at No. 11;
and Duke’s Jasmine Thomas to Seattle at No. 12.

Training camps open May 15 and the WNBA’s 15th season begins
June 3.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

WNBA Draft No 1 Selections
By the Associated Press
2011 _ Maya Moore, Connecticut, F, Minnesota
2010 _ Tina Charles, Connecticut, C, Connecticut
2009 _ Angel McCoughtry, Louisville, F, Atlanta
2008 _ Candace Parker, Tennessee, F, Los Angeles
2007 _ Lindsey Harding, Duke, G, Phoenix
2006 _ Seimone Augustus, LSU, G, Minnesota
2005 _ Janel McCarville, Minnesota, C, Charlotte
2004 _ Diana Taurasi, Connecticut, G, Phoenix
2003 _ LaToya Thomas, Mississippi St., F, Cleveland
2004_  Sue Bird, Connecticut, G,  Seattle
2001 _ Lauren Jackson, Australia, F-C,  Seattle
2000 _ Ann Wauters, Oost Vlaanderedn/VSV Orchies, C, Cleveland
1999 _ Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington, G-F, Tennessee
1998 _ Malgorzata Dydek, Poland,  C, Utah
1997 _ Dena Head, Tennessee, G, Utah

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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