The March Madness has subsided, which means the women's bracket now gives way to the 2014 WNBA draft, where college basketball's top performers will waltz to the podium and usher in the beginning of their professional careers.
In an interesting twist, the Connecticut Sun have the No. 1 overall pick in Monday's proceedings. That's noteworthy after Shabazz Napier and the men's team won the NCAA title, as did Stefanie Dolson and her Huskies.
With the event on the horizon, here's a look at the full order, how to catch it live and a few key players to watch as the rounds unfold.
Full Selection Order
|2014 WNBA Draft Order|
|3||San Antonio Stars||12-22|
|4||New York Liberty||11-23|
|1 (13)||Tulsa Shock||11-23|
|2 (14)||New York Liberty||11-23|
|3 (15)||Minnesota Lynx||26-8|
|4 (16)||San Antonio Stars||12-22|
|5 (17)||Phoenix Mercury||19-15|
|6 (18)||Atlanta Dream||17-17|
|7 (19)||Seattle Storm||17-17|
|8 (20)||Atlanta Dream||17-17|
|9 (21)||Phoenix Mercury||19-15|
|10 (22)||Chicago Sky||24-10|
|11 (23)||Los Angeles Sparks||24-10|
|12 (24)||Minnesota Lynx||26-8|
|1 (25)||Connecticut Sun||10-24|
|2 (26)||New York Liberty||11-23|
|3 (27)||Tulsa Shock||11-23|
|4 (28)||San Antonio Stars||12-22|
|5 (29)||Indiana Fever||16-18|
|6 (30)||Washington Mystics||17-17|
|7 (31)||Seattle Storm||17-17|
|8 (32)||Washington Mystics||17-17|
|9 (33)||Phoenix Mercury||19-15|
|10 (34)||Chicago Sky||24-10|
|11 (35)||Los Angeles Sparks||24-10|
|12 (36)||Minnesota Lynx||26-8|
When: Monday, April 14
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Info: ESPN2
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Stars to Watch
Kayla McBride, G, Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish star Kayla McBride stole the show in the NCAA tournament before her departure.
Despite the loss of Natalie Achonwa, McBride kept the Fighting Irish afloat with point totals of 11, 28 and 21 in her final three games. It wasn't enough to doom almighty UConn in the title game, but fans get the picture. McBride is a leader when called upon and one of the draft's best pure scorers.
Before the tournament, it was easy to write off McBride. But her stock is on the rise like never before, and she may very well sneak into the top three picks, as teams in need near the top could use an elite scoring presence.
Stefanie Dolson, C, Connecticut
Forwards such as Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike have hogged the spotlight in this year's draft, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore UConn's Stefanie Dolson.
Dolson has size collegiate teams simply can't match. Her farewell as a member of the Huskies included an NCAA title, 17 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in the win over the Fighting Irish.
Dolson's stock is sky high, but her future success may depend on where she ends up. Lisa Leslie explains, via Brian Grindrod of The UConn Blog: "Dolson can have a good career or not. It all depends on what team she plays with. Teams that can use her size are Connecticut, San Antonio, and Washington because they play half-court sets. It really depends on where she plays."
So there's a lot on the line Monday night. Dolson needs the right home to be her absolute best at the pro level, but she has the talent to alter the landscape of the league.
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