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Two Duke women selected in first round of WNBA Draft


Duke University women’s basketball has something to celebrate tonight: seniors Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston were selected as first round picks in the WNBA Draft.

Gray was selected by the Connecticut Sun as the 11th overall selection, while Liston was picked 12th for the Minnesota Lynx.

“It is hard to describe it in words,” Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie said after the draft. “For all that Chelsea has been through. For the Connecticut Sun to understand her value and how terrific she is, it is absolutely incredible. To see Chelsea come up as 11 and see Tricia come up as 12; it was perfect. They played together for four years and they have been fantastic. It makes sense for them to be in the first round together. We are all so excited for Tricia because she has worked so hard.”

During Gray’s career, she accumulated 1,210 points, 545 assists, 478 rebounds and 298 steals. During her senior season, she averaged 10.8 points a game, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 steals.

Liston shot 87 three-pointers during her senior salute, breaking a school record. She also knocked down the school record for career three-pointers with 252, ranking seventh on the ACC all-time charts.

This was the third time in school history that Duke had two athletes drafted in the first round. The other two occasions were in 2007 when Lindsey Harding went first and Alison Bales went ninth and in 2004 with Alana Beard (2nd) and Iciss Tillis (11th).

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