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Minnesota Lynx Make Three WNBA Second-Round Selections

April 4, 2007 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Minnesota Lynx News Release

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Lynx today made three selections in the second round of the 2007 WNBA Draft: Eshaya Murphy, USC guard (15th overall, Brooke Smith, Stanford center (23rd overall) and Kathrin Ress, Boston College forward (24th overall).

"We're very pleased with the talent we were able to add in the second round of this draft," said Lynx Chief Operating Officer Roger Griffith. "We were able to address a few areas of need with Murphy at the guard spot and Smith and Ress playing in the post. I'm looking forward to having them in camp competing for roster spots."

Eshaya Murphy increased her scoring, rebounding and assist averages in each of her four seasons at USC. The 5-11 guard posted 18.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.5 apg in 28 regular-season games as a senior in 2006-07. She was a member of the All-Pac-10 First Team in 2006 and 2007 and was also a Kodak/WBCA All-America Finalist. Murphy's career numbers are 12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 1.6 apg. She connected on 78.3% of her free throw attempts as a Trojan, making it to the line just under three times per game.

Brooke Smith was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team three times (2005, 2006, 2007) in her three seasons at Stanford. Each of those years she averaged double-figures in points and grabbed 7.5 rpg and dished out more than 3.0 apg throughout the last two seasons. Smith's four-year collegiate averages were 13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.5 apg in 113 appearances with Stanford and one season at Duke. She also averaged 1.2 blocks throughout her college career. The 6-3 center was named to a Kodak/WBCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2006 and a Pac-10 All-Tournament Selection in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Kathrin Ress finished her career at Boston College as the team's 10th all-time leading scorer (1,300) and fourth in rebounding (664). She also finished in the top ten in made field goals, free throws made, free throws attempted and games played. In regular-season games as a senior, Ress produced collegiate-highs of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28 games. She led the Eagles in scoring and rebounding and was named to the All-ACC Third Team.

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