Braziel Headed to Charlotte|
May 4, 1999
Lubbock, Texas -
Texas Tech All-American Angie Braziel was selected in the fourth round of the 1999 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting, making her the 45th overall pick of this year's draft. Braziel is joined in elite company with the Sting's other three picks: Dawn Staley (Virginia, 1992), Stephanie White-McCarty (Purdue, 1999) and Charlotte Smith (North Carolina, 1994). Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw was the first overall pick by the Washington Mystics.
Braziel, a native of Odessa, Texas, led the Lady Raiders with a 20.3 scoring average while grabbing 8.7 boards per outing during the 1998-99 campaign. She also recorded a team-high 64 blocks. Braziel was Texas Tech's Most Valuable Player, while earning Big 12 Player of the Year honors, as well as, All-America status by the United States Basketball Writer's Association, Associated Press, Women's Basketball Journal and Women's Basketball News Service.
"I am really excited and glad that it is done," said Braziel. "I am glad I have an opportunity to go on and play. I'm excited about going to Charlotte and contributing. I've been nervous all week and now I'm excited and ready to go. I am happy that I have a chance to perform and I will go out and play hard and give a lot of effort."
"I feel great," said head coach Marsha Sharp. "I am real excited
for Angie. This is well deserved and she will do a great job for Charlotte.
I knew with all the ABL players in the draft that she would not go to early
but I think that with only four rounds and to get picked in those rounds
this time is a great thing and a great chance to play."