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Silver Stars Draft Frazee with 14th Pick
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The defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars selected Liberty senior guard/forward Megan Frazee with the No. 14 pick of the 2009 WNBA Draft, held Thursday afternoon at the NBA Entertainment studios in Secaucus, N.J. Frazee becomes the second Lady Flame ever to be taken in the WNBA Draft.
Frazee (Xenia, Ohio), who was the first selection of the second round, joins 2005 Liberty graduate Katie (Feenstra) Mattera as the Lady Flames' WNBA draftees. Mattera was picked No. 8 by the Connecticut Sun in the 2005 WNBA Draft, before being traded to San Antonio on draft day.
In addition to joining a talented roster, which includes 2008 All-WNBA performers Sophia Young and Becky Hammon, Frazee will be reunited with a couple familiar faces in San Antonio. Olaf Lange, who served as the Lady Flames' associate head coach during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, and his wife, Sandy Brondello, are both part of head coach Dan Hughes' coaching staff with the Silver Stars.
"I'm thrilled to be heading to San Antonio," Frazee remarked, with a wide smile adorning her face. "I know Coach Lange and his wife and I've had the chance to talk to Coach Hughes before. There are a lot of good things going on down there. I was very excited when I found out San Antonio had drafted me."
"Megan Frazee is a very interesting prospect," said Hughes, who also serves as general manager, on the Silver Stars' official website. "She's strong and has one of the best three-point shooting abilities of any player in the draft. We like her versatility. She's strong enough to finish near the goal, but skilled enough to stretch the floor."
Hughes and the Silver Stars took Frazee with their first selection of the draft, after watching the Buckeye State native earn Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors as a senior. Frazee averaged 19.8 ppg and 9.9 rpg, while leading the Lady Flames to their 12th Big South Conference title in the last 13 seasons. As a result, she garnered a considerable amount of hardware, including Richmond Times-Dispatch State Player of the Year, Big South Player of the Year and Big South Championship MVP.
"I'm excited that Megan will have the opportunity to play in the WNBA," stated Liberty head coach Carey Green. "I feel like San Antonio is a good fit for Megan, and I'm happy for both parties. Dr. Falwell always talked about training Champions for Christ, and now the Lady Flames have been blessed to send two players to compete at the highest level in the WNBA."
Mattera got her WNBA career off to a successful start in San Antonio, during the 2005 season. She was a unanimous selection to the inaugural WNBA All-Rookie team, after averaging 8.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg for the Silver Stars.
Frazee will be joined in San Antonio by Louisville senior Candyce Bingham, after the Silver Stars picked the Cardinal standout with the final selection of the three-round draft. Bingham was one of seven Thursday draftees Frazee played against during her four-year Liberty career. Headlining that list is the No. 1 overall pick, Angel McCoughtry of Louisville.
The Silver Stars' preseason training camp will begin in mid-May, and the team's first preseason contest is slated for May 30 at Detroit, in a rematch of the 2008 WNBA Finals. San Antonio will then travel to Phoenix on June 6 for its 2009 regular-season opener.
San Antonio is slated to make two national television appearances this season, both of which will be home games at the AT&T Center. ESPN2 will broadcast the Silver Stars' June 23 contest against Phoenix and the team's Aug. 29 game versus Detroit.