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April 25, 2000

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech forward Keitha Dickerson was selected in the second round of the 2000 WNBA Draft today by the Minnesota Lynx, making her the 24th overall pick of this year's draft.

Dickerson is joined in elite company with the Lynx's other seven picks: Grace Daley (Tulane, 2000) - fifth pick, Betty Lennox (Louisiana Tech, 2000) - sixth pick, Maylana Martin (UCLA, 2000) - 10th pick, Marla Brumfield (Rice, 2000) - 22nd pick, Phylesha Whaley (Oklahoma, 2000) - 38th pick, Jana Lichnervoa (St. Joseph's, Pa., 2000) - 54th pick and Shanele Stires (Kansas State, 1995) - 56th pick. Ann Wauters (Oost Vlaanderedn/VCV Orchies) was the first overall selection of the draft by the Cleveland Rockers.

Dickerson, who was a second team All-Big 12 selection, led Tech and the Big 12 in rebounding this year, as she averaged 10 rebounds a game, while ranking third on the team in scoring at 11.9. She finished her career at Tech ranked sixth on the all-time career list for rebounds at 843. She also ranks fifth on the Lady Raiders' single season rebound list with 330 and rebounding averaging list at 10.0 boards per contest. She also finished the season with 88 steals, 10th all-time in a single season. Dickerson scored 1,008 points in her career as a Lady Raider. She ranked second in the Big 12 this season in double-doubles with 13.

"I am very excited to get this opportunity," said Dickerson. "This is a great honor to be drafted. I hope to go to Minnesota and make the roster and contribute to the team. I am also excited about playing with my new teammates. "

Dickerson was also named first-team All-Big 12 by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News. She was a second-team conference selection by the San Antonio Express-News, while being named to the Kansas City Star's All-Defensive team and the All-Underrated team.

"I am really excited for Keitha and it is well deserved," said Texas Tech head coach Marsha Sharp. "She has proven that she has the ability and determination to play in the WNBA. I am looking forward to the camp and to her making the team. Hopefully, I will be watching her play this summer along side some other Lady Raiders."

Dickerson, a native of Elk City, Okla., was the fifth Big 12 player taken in the draft and the first conference player taken in the second round. Texas' Edwina Brown was the third overall pick by Detroit followed by Kansas' Lynn Pride as the seventh choice by Portland, Kansas State's Olga Firsova was the 13th pick by New York and Nebraska's Nicole Kubik was selected 15th by Los Angeles. Iowa State's Desiree Francis went to New York for the 29th pick, while teammate Stacey Frese was the 35th selection by Utah. Rounding out the Big 12 players selected were OU's Whaley and Kansas State's Stires.




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