Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 9/30/14
By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Stanford star Nnemkadi Ogwumike was selected with the first pick in the WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks on Monday. Ogwumike helped guide the Cardinal to the Final Four during all four of her seasons at the school, including this year's loss to eventual champion Baylor. The 6-foot-2 forward, who averaged 22.5 points and 10.2 rebounds this past season, is the first Stanford player to be taken with the No. 1 pick. Previously three Cardinal players have been drafted third overall. Despite finishing with the fourth worst record in the league at 15-19, the Sparks won the draft lottery in November. They had the smallest chance -- 10 percent -- of the four eligible teams. Los Angeles also had the top pick in 2008 and selected Tennessee star Candace Parker, who went on to win Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in her first professional season. Tennessee guard Shekinna Stricklen went second to the Seattle Storm, who will be...
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