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Lynx hit lottery, awarded top pick in WNBA draft

NEW YORK -- The Minnesota Lynx will get the first pick of
the WNBA draft in April that includes LSU star Seimone Augustus and
Duke's Monique Currie.

The Lynx won the fifth annual draft lottery Monday, beating out
the last-place Charlotte Sting (6-28) and San Antonio Silver Stars
(7-27) among the five non-playoff teams.
"We'll take it and run," said Minnesota coach Suzie McConnell
Serio, whose Lynx went 14-20 last season. "This is big for us, for
the franchise and looking forward to next year."
The Phoenix Mercury (16-18) will pick second, followed by the
Sting, Silver Stars and Washington Mystics (16-18). The new Chicago
franchise will have the sixth pick.
Augustus, the national college player of the year, led LSU to
back-to-back Final Fours. Currie helped the Blue Devils to the
final eight at NCAA tournament and a share of the ACC
regular-season championship.
"We're a young team," McConnell Serio said. "The player we
hope to chose with the No. 1 pick will be able to play with the
group we have."
The Lynx, who also have the No. 7 selection, traded scoring star
Katie Smith to the Detroit Shock late in the season and lost eight
of their last 11 games.
The draft lottery established the order of selection for the
first round, with the order for the second and third rounds based
on team records. The date of the draft has not been determined.
The lottery was conducted by league officials and
representatives from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young at the
WNBA office in New York.