McElhiney Taken in WNBA Draft 4/25/03
Chantelle Anderson was the second pick in today’s WNBA’s
annual draft while teammate Ashley McElhiney was a third round
Anderson, who capped a brilliant four-year career as a two-time
Kodak All-American, was chosen by the Sacramento Monarchs
just after Mississippi State’s LaToya Thomas was picked
by Cleveland to open the draft.
McElhiney, who graduated as the school’s career assists
leader, was the 35th selection overall by the Indiana Fever.
McElhiney also had a stellar Commodore career as a starter
for three and a half seasons and a prominent member of two
Elite Eight teams.
Anderson, a 6-6 center, rewrote much of the Vanderbilt record
book. Her 2,604 career points established a new school scoring
mark. Among her other highlights:
All-America Second Team (2003); Named a Top 20 finalist for
the 2003 Naismith Award; All-SEC First Team (2003, 2002, 2001);
All-SEC Second Team (2000); Led NCAA in field-goal percentage
(.723) in 2000-01; Led SEC in field-goal percentage (.647)
in 2001-02; NCAA Midwest Regional MVP (2002); SEC Tournament
“I really had no idea if I’d be drafted or not.”
Ashley said. “I didn’t care what number or round
it would be, I just wanted the chance to go someplace and
play. Today has been full of final exams so I haven’t
had time to think about being drafted but I will be learning
more about Indiana this weekend.”
McElhiney, a 5-6 guard, dished out 673 assists in her career.
She led the SEC is assists as a sophomore, was a second team
all-SEC selection as a junior and was a member of the Gold
Medal winning 2001 U.S. World University Games team.