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Wednesday April 13, 2011

The Lady Dogs’ only senior, forward Porsha Phillips, was selected in the third round of Wednesday’s WNBA draft. Phillips is the 13th Lady Dog selected in the past 11 WNBA drafts and the third in the last two years. Phillips turned into a rebounding machine as a senior, and her athleticism on the frontcourt was a big reason why Georgia was able to play effective defense and win so many low-scoring close games this year.

The odds of actually making a WNBA team are long for Phillips and most draft picks. Thanks to a relatively small league size and a glut of international talent, roster spots are tough to come by for new collegiate entrants, even for many first-round picks. Most end up playing overseas where there are numerous leagues and opportunities for professional women’s basketball.

The draft results illustrate what a down year it was for the SEC and its senior class. Phillips was one of only three SEC players drafted. One ACC school – Duke – had three draft picks alone.

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