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WNBA - Moore, Cambage go 1 & 2 in draft
BRISTOL (WNBA) - Team USA's Maya Moore and Liz Cambage of Australia made headlines as star performers at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic.
The two will now strut their stuff in their WNBA after being selected first and second overall in Monday night's draft.
The Minnesota Lynx used the first pick on Moore, a 1.83m forward who just wrapped up a terrific career at the University of Connecticut.
Moore follows in the footsteps of numerous UConn players to play in the WNBA, including former Huskies teammate Tina Charles.
She helped fire UConn, who are led by national team coach Geno Auriemma, to NCAA titles in 2009 and '10.
Moore, 21, celebrated a gold-medal win with the United States last year in Karlovy Vary as a teammate of Charles, Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and many other famous American players.
She treasures the time she had with the American squad.
"I'm really appreciative of that experience and it gives me a lot of excitement to know that if I keep working hard and keep doing what I'm doing, I'll be in the league with them (USA teammates) and be a leader for the national team if I keep working hard," she said.
The 2.03 Cambage, named last week as the WNBL Player of the Year after leading the Bulleen Boomers to their first-ever league title, was taken next by the Tulsa Shock with the second pick.
The 19-year-old was Australia's best player at the World Championship.
She averaged 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds and got better as the tournament wore on.
Cambage had 18 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in Australia's 83-75 defeat to the United States.
She was the WNBL's leading scorer and shot blocker in 2010-11.
While Cambage will be with Australia this summer when they compete against New Zealand in the FIBA Oceania Championship with a view to qualifying for the London Olympics, Moore and the USA have already booked their places for next year's Games by winning the world title.
Also chosen in the WNBA Draft was Cambage's Bulleen Boomers teammate Rachel Jarry, and Australian who was selected at number 18 in the second round by the Atlanta Dream.
Elina Babkina, a Latvia national team point guard who is on the books of Polish Cup winners Lotos Gdynia, was the 29th pick of the Los Angeles Sparks.
Serbia's Sarah Krnjic, 19, a 1.93m center with Pecs 2010 in Hungary, was taken by the Washington Mystics with the 35th pick overall.