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WNBA Draft Scheduled for Thursday

April 6, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Megan Frazee is guarded by another potential WNBA Draft selection, Louisville senior Candyce Bingham, in the teams' NCAA Tournament contest.

Megan Frazee is guarded by another potential WNBA Draft selection, Louisville senior Candyce Bingham, in the teams' NCAA Tournament contest.

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For the second time in program history, a Liberty women's basketball senior may be selected at the 2009 WNBA Draft, scheduled to begin Thursday at 3 p.m. in the NBA Entertainment studios in Seacaucus, N.J. Megan Frazee is among a select group of players being considered by one of the league's 13 teams.

The annual draft, which consists of three rounds of 13 picks each, will be televised live on ESPN2 from 3-4 p.m. ESPNU and NBA TV will then broadcast the remaining selections, beginning at 4 p.m.

Frazee (G/F, Xenia, Ohio) is hoping to join 2005 Liberty graduate Katie (Feenstra) Mattera as a WNBA Draft pick. Mattera was taken by the Connecticut Sun with the eighth overall pick of the first round in 2005, representing the highest a Liberty student-athlete has ever been selected in a professional sports draft. Mattera was dealt to the San Antonio Silver Stars on draft day and now plays for the Atlanta Dream.

Frazee, recently tapped an honorable mention All-America selection by the Associated Press, is coming off arguably her finest season in a Liberty uniform. She was one of only three players in the nation (and the only senior) to rank in the top 25 nationally for both points (19.8 ppg) and rebounds (9.9 rpg). The Buckeye State native was named Big South Player of the Year, Big South Championship MVP and Richmond Times-Dispatch State Player of the Year, after helping the Lady Flames win their 12th Big South title in the last 13 seasons.

The Dream, who just completed their first WNBA season in 2008, own the first overall pick and four total selections. If Atlanta chooses Frazee, it would give her the chance to potentially play alongside Mattera, something she was never able to do at Liberty. Mattera's final season with the Lady Flames was 2004-05, and Frazee joined the roster in 2005-06.

San Antonio is the only WNBA team without a first-round pick, but the Silver Stars will be on the clock first in the second round, with the 14th overall selection. Frazee has a Liberty connection in San Antonio, as former Lady Flames associate head coach Olaf Lange is now an assistant on head coach Dan Hughes' staff with the Silver Stars. Lange, who coached at Liberty during Frazee's freshman and sophomore seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07) is joined by his wife, Sandy Brondello, among Hughes' assistants. Mattera got her professional career off to a successful start in San Antonio, being named to the 2005 WNBA All-Rookie team.