Robinson Taken Sixth in WNBA Draft

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 11, 2011
2011 WNBA Draft - Round 1
Team Selection
Minnesota Maya Moore (Connecticut)
Tulsa Liz Cambage (Australia)
Chicago C. Vandersloot (Gonzaga)
Minnesota Amber Harris (Xavier)
Los Angeles Jantel Lavender (Ohio State)
San Antonio Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma)
Tulsa Kayla Pedersen (Stanford)
Atlanta Ta'Shia Phillips (Xavier)
Indiana Jeanette Pohlen (Stanford)
New York Alex Montgomery (Georgia Tech)
Washington Victoria Dunlap (Kentucky)
Seattle Jasmine Thomas (Duke)

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma senior Danielle Robinson was taken by the San Antonio Silver Stars with the sixth overall pick in the WNBA Draft hosted at ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn., Monday.

A two-time All American, Robinson led the Sooners with 18.3 points per game and 5.1 assists. Under her direction as point guard, Oklahoma totaled a record number of home victories and reached the Final Four in back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010.

"It was a surreal feeling," Robinson said on being drafted, "something I've been working for my whole life and to hear my name called was just a blessing. I was grinning from ear to ear, hugged my mom and my coach and went up there. It's still surreal but I'm very thankful."

Robinson is just one four players in the history of women's college basketball to have 2,000 points, 700 assists and 300 steals in a career.

“This year’s draft brought an athletic nature to our basketball team,” Silver Stars head coach and general manager Dan Hughes said. “Danielle Robinson is a player that provides energy immediately, she pushes the ball and creates extremely well and pressures it defensively, leading her team to two Final Fours in the last four years. I don't know that there's a better player in the draft from the standpoint of creating with the basketball than Danielle Robinson."

UConn's Maya Moore was the first overall selection of the Minnesota Lynx. Six-foot-8 Australian Elizabeth Cambage was the second pick for the Tulsa Shock.

Danielle Robinson | 2011 WNBA Draft Homepage

Robinson is the 13th Sooner drafted into the WNBA and the sixth taken in the first round.

Robinson provides youth and athleticism on an aging Silver Stars team that features five-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon. San Antonio selected Texas A&M's Danielle Adams, the NCAA Women's Final Four Most Outstanding Player, with its second-round pick and Georgia's Porsha Phillips in the third round.

"With a veteran group and players like Becky I can learn from, it's a great opportunity to learn how to lead and get the ball out there where it needs to go. Having such a strong core group and having that chance to play behind Becky and play with her it's going to be a lot of fun and I'm excited to learn a lot.

"I think the playoffs have to be the goal. To have the experience from the team that's been there before it's definitely going to help us out."

San Antonio begins its season Saturday, June 4, hosting Tulsa before making a visit to the Shock on Friday, June 10.





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