OU's Amanda Thompson is Tulsa's first WNBA draft pick; Andrea Riley goes to Los Angeles

By The Associated Press Modified: April 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm •  Published: April 8, 2010
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SECAUCUS, N.J. — The Tulsa Shock's first pick in their inaugural WNBA Draft is a familiar face to Oklahoma basketball fans.

Tulsa selected Oklahoma forward Amanda Thompson in the second round on Thursday with the 19th overall pick. The Shock on Wednesday traded away its first-round pick to the Connecticut Sun for veterans Chante Black and Amber Holt.

The 6-foot-1 Thompson averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 rebounds this past season for the Sooners, who reached the Final Four for the second straight season before losing to Stanford. She was a first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection.

Thompson says being drafted by Tulsa is "a great opportunity to still play in front of" Oklahoma fans.

Thompson is the 10th Oklahoma player all-time to be taken in a WNBA Draft.

Andrea Riley of Oklahoma State, the Big 12 Conference's leading career scorer, went eighth overall in Thursday's draft to the Los Angeles Sparks. The 5-foot-5 guard averaged 26.6 points per game this season as the Cowgirls reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

OU's Abi Olajuwon and Nyeshia Stevenson also were drafted. Olajuwon, a 6-foot-4 center, went in the third round, 28th overall, to the Chicago Sky. Stevenson, a 5-foot-10 guard, was the draft's final selection, going to the Phoenix Mercury.