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WNBA Draft: Pedersen to Tulsa, Pohlen to Indiana in First Round

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Stanford senior Kayla Pedersen was taken 7th overall by the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA draft.
Stanford senior Kayla Pedersen was taken 7th overall by the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA draft.

Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen were taken with the seventh and ninth picks, respectively, in today's WNBA draft, giving Stanford a pair of first-round selections for the first time since Naomi Mulitauaopele and Katy Steding in 2000.

Pedersen was drafted by the Tulsa Shock, who finished 6-28 last season and used the No. 2 pick to select 6-foot-8 Australian Elizabeth Cambage. Tulsa is coached by Nolan Richardson, who led the Arkansas men's basketball team to a national title in 1994. Pohlen will return to Indianapolis, the site of her final collegiate game, as a member of the Indiana Fever.

As predicted, UConn guard Maya Moore went No. 1 overall to Minnesota. The Chicago Sky drafted Gonzaga guard Courtney Vandersloot with the third pick.

Shortly before the draft, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Stanford women's basketball assistant coach Bobbie Kelsey was hired by Wisconsin to replace Lisa Stone as head coach. Kelsey, a Michigan native, helped lead the Cardinal to three Final Fours as a player, including the 1992 national championship, and to four Final Fours as an assistant coach under Tara VanDerveer.