Charlotte Sting earn #1 pick in 2005 WNBA draft

December 1, 2004 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Charlotte Sting News Release

December 1, 2004 ¬Ė WNBA President Val Ackerman announced tonight that the Charlotte Sting have won the WNBA Draft Lottery, earning the rights to the top pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft next April.¬† The Sting participated in the fourth annual draft lottery by virtue of their 16-18 record last season.¬† The team had a 97-in-1000 chance of winning the #1 pick, the fourth-longest odds among the five eligible teams.¬† ¬† ¬†¬ďThis is great for us and hopefully will generate some excitement for our fans,¬Ē said Sting General Manager and Head Coach Trudi Lacey.¬† ¬ďIt may open the door to begin the rebuilding process.¬Ē ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Although the Sting sat in second place in the Eastern Conference with a week remaining in the 2004 regular season, their race to the playoffs fell short and the team did not advance to the post-season for just the second time in franchise history.¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† San Antonio (9-25), Houston (13-21) and Indiana (15-19) all had better chances of winning this year¬ís lottery.¬† The Phoenix Mercury (17-17), who won the top pick last year and selected UConn¬ís Diana Taurasi, rounded out the field of five teams eligible for this year¬ís lottery.¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The WNBA Draft Lottery assigns the draft order to non-playoff teams from the previous season. ¬†The Indiana Fever will select second followed by Phoenix, San Antonio and Houston. ¬†The remaining selections are based on inverse order of the team¬ís respective 2004 regular season records.¬† ¬† Last season, Lacey orchestrated a trade with the Indiana Fever to move up in the Draft, selecting Stanford¬ís Nicole Powell with the third overall pick.¬† The Sting also selected Penn State¬ís Kelly Mazzante (18th), Vanderbilt¬ís Jenni Benningfield (22nd) and Texas Tech¬ís Jia Perkins (35th) in the 2004 WNBA Draft. ¬† The Charlotte Sting will open their ninth season of WNBA action next spring at the Charlotte Coliseum.¬† ¬†Fans interested in season tickets may call 704-424-WNBA or log on to ¬†for more information. ¬†

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