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April 15, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Two Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were selected in the 2013 Women’s National Basketball Association Draft, which was held Monday evening in Bristol, Conn. Maryland’s Tianna Hawkins led the way as she was selected sixth overall by the Seattle Storm.
The ACC has had at least one selection in the first round in each of the last eight drafts.
Hawkins earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors and was an All-ACC First Team honoree following the 2012-13 campaign in which she was third in the ACC in scoring (18.0) and second in rebounding (9.7). She recorded 17 double-doubles, and finished her career No. 11 on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 1,595 points and No. 3 in rebounds with 1,086. She is the third Terrapin in history to break 1,000 rebounds, behind only Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman.
The native of Clinton, Md., helped Maryland to a 26-8 overall mark, a 14-4 ACC record and an appearance in Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last 11 years. Hawkins is the fifth first round pick from Maryland in the last six years.
In addition to Hawkins selection in the first round, North Carolina’s Waltiea Rolle was selected with the 12th pick in the third round (36th overall) by the Minnesota Lynx.
Rolle, an All-ACC Defensive Team selection, played instrumental role in the Tar Heels success during the 2012-13 season. Rolle was second on the team in points (12.1) and rebounds (6.6), while blocking a team-best 89 shots. North Carolina registered a 29-7 overall mark and finished second in the ACC with a 14-4 league record. The Tar Heels earned a berth in the second round of the NCAA Championship, and finished the season ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.