The Connecticut Sun made history at the 2014 WNBA draft on Monday night, selecting Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike No. 1 overall, making her and sister Nneka just the second pair of siblings to go No. 1 overall in their respective drafts.
The league's official Twitter account confirmed the landmark moment:
Nneka, who also starred at Stanford, was taken No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2012 before going on to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
But the drama didn't end there.
Here's a look at how all three rounds shook out on Monday night:
|1||Connecticut Sun||Chiney Ogwumike, F, Stanford|
|2||Tulsa Shock||Odyssey Sims, G, Baylor|
|3||San Antonio Stars||Kayla McBride, G, Notre Dame|
|4*||New York Liberty (traded to Connecticut)||Alyssa Thomas, F, Maryland|
|5||Indiana Fever||Natasha Howard, F, Florida State|
|6||Washington Mystics||Stefanie Dolson, C, Connecticut|
|7*||Seattle Storm (traded to Washington)||Bria Hartley, G, Connecticut|
|8||Atlanta Dream||Shoni Schimmel, G, Louisville|
|9||Indiana Fever||Natalie Achonwa, F, Notre Dame|
|10||Chicago Sky||Markeisha Gatling, C, NC State|
|11||Connecticut Sun||Chelsea Gray, G, Duke|
|12||Minnesota Lynx||Tricia Liston, G, Duke|
|13||Tulsa Shock||Jordan Hooper, F, Nebraska|
|14||New York Liberty||Tyaunna Marshall, G, Georgia Tech|
|15||Minnesota Lynx||Asya Bussie, C, West Virginia|
|16||San Antonio Stars||Astou Ndour, C, Spain|
|17||Phoenix Mercury||Tiffany Bias, G, Oklahoma State|
|18||Atlanta Dream||Inga Orekhova, G, South Florida|
|19||Seattle Storm||Michelle Plouffe, F, Utah|
|20||Atlanta Dream||Cassie Harberts, F, USC|
|21||Phoenix Mercury||Maggie Lucas, G, Penn State|
|22||Chicago Sky||Gennifer Brandon, F, California|
|23||Los Angeles Sparks||Jennifer Hamson, C, BYU|
|24||Minnesota Lynx||Christina Foggie, G, Vanderbilt|
|25||Connecticut Sun||DeNesha Stallworth, F, Kentucky|
|26||New York Liberty||Meighan Simmons, G, Tennessee|
|27||Tulsa Shock||Theresa Plaisance, F, LSU|
|28||San Antonio Stars||Bri Kulas, F, Missouri|
|29||Indiana Fever||Haiden Palmer, G, Gonzaga|
|30||Washington Mystics||Carley Mijovic, C, Australia|
|31||Seattle Storm||Mikaela Ruef, F, Stanford|
|32||Washington Mystics||Kody Burke, F, NC State|
|33||Phoenix Mercury||Stephanie Talbot, G, Australia|
|34||Chicago Sky||Jamierra Faulkner, G, Southern Miss|
|35||Los Angeles Sparks||Antonita Slaughter, G, Louisville|
|36||Minnesota Lynx||Asia Taylor, F, Louisville|
*indicates traded pick. Info via WNBA.com
Before the Sun found themselves on the clock with the top overall pick, the draft began with a bang as Connecticut and the New York Liberty agreed to a blockbuster trade.
The WNBA on Twitter confirmed the deal, which sent 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the Big Apple in exchange for Kelsey Bone, fourth overall pick Alyssa Thomas and a 2015 draft pick:
By landing Ogwumike, a three-time ACC Player of the Year in Thomas and Duke's Chelsea Gray with the 11th overall pick, the Sun were easily the biggest winners of Round 1, acquiring three young game-changing talents.
Prior to Monday night's draft, Connecticut head coach Anne Donovan talked about what Ogwumike brings to the table as a WNBA prospect, via espnW.com's Mechelle Voepel:
We already have the measuring stick of what her sister did in the league early on. More than anything, it's intangibles with both Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike. They've both shown they're great leaders, great athletes. Their styles do translate to the WNBA.
Chiney [is a] great rebounder, can play either post position, face up or back to the basket. I think her sister [is] probably a little bit stronger and more physical. Chiney would be more of a finesse player. But I don't know how that will change as she continues to mature and she gets a little bit more accustomed to the physicality of both the international game and the WNBA.
Ogwumike promises to make an immediate impact for the Sun this coming season after averaging more than 26 points and 12 rebounds per game this past season at Stanford. Thomas will also provide a boost for the Sun. A strong, versatile player, Thomas recorded four triple-doubles this past season with Maryland.
After Connecticut made history with Ogwumike, the Tulsa Shock bolstered their backcourt by adding Baylor superstar Odyssey Sims. Moments later, 2013 first-round pick Skylar Diggins welcomed her new teammate to Tulsa:
Kayla McBride kicked off a stretch of ACC dominance after having her name called by the San Antonio Stars at No. 3 overall. Thomas would follow at No. 4 and Florida State's Natasha Howard would come off the board at No. 5, going to the Indiana Fever.
Connecticut stars Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley went back-to-back in the middle of Round 1, with the two Huskies roommates heading to Washington after the Mystics agreed to a blockbuster trade with Seattle to acquire Hartley's draft rights.
The Storm took to Twitter to confirm the details of the trade:
We've traded the rights to Bria Hartley and forward Tianna Hawkins in exchange for Crystal Langhorne! Welcome to Seattle, @crystalanghorne!— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) April 15, 2014
Mystics point guard Ivory Latta took to Twitter to express her excitement about having the opportunity to play with the 6'5" Dolson:
Yeah pick and roll baby pick and roll— Ivory Latta (@IvoryLatta12) April 15, 2014
Louisville's Shoni Schimmel went eighth overall to Atlanta, joining forces with fellow Cardinal Angel McCoughtry, who gave the newcomer a shout out on Twitter:
Arguably the most surprising pick in Round 1 was the Indiana Fever selecting Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa at No. 9 overall. The 6'4" Achonwa is a star when healthy, but suffered a torn ACL in the 2014 NCAA tournament last month and will have to put her professional debut on hold.
Nonetheless, she'll stay in the state of Indiana after a stellar career with the Fighting Irish.
Which team was the biggest winner in Round 1?
The defending champion Minnesota Lynx closed out the first round by selecting Duke guard Tricia Liston, a lights-out shooter who made significant strides in her senior season with the Blue Devils.
While plenty of teams improved on Monday night, the Connecticut Sun, who hosted the event at the Mohegan Sun Arena, stole the show and took a huge step toward turning things around in 2014. With three first-round draft picks set to join the Sun this summer, expectations will be sky-high for the two-time Eastern Conference champions in the years to come.
The Washington Mystics also made a splash by acquiring two former Connecticut stars. After scrapping to make the playoffs in 2013, the Mystics should once again be a contender in the Eastern Conference this coming season.
With the regular season set to tip off on May 16, fans won't have to wait long to see the league's newest stars in action for the first time.
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