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“I mean after what happened at the end of the season, I wasn’t expecting to go in the first round. It was a mistake I made and something I had to deal with the outcome,” she said. “I’m not this horrible person that the media portrayed me to be after one mistake. I think with Tulsa picking me, it’s a great honor for them to believe in me and to know one situation doesn’t determine who I am.”

Williams’ teammate at Miami Shenise Johnson went fifth to San Antonio. Phoenix took Ohio State point guard Samantha Prahalis sixth.

“It’s the perfect fit,” Prahalis said. “They love playing up-tempo and so do I, I’m really looking forward to playing with Diana Taurasi.”

The New York Liberty drafted Kelly Cain seventh. Natalie Novosel went eighth to Washington. The Mystics also took LSU’s LaSondra Barrett with the 10th pick.

Connecticut chose 6-foot-8 Astan Dabo from Mali with the ninth pick. Georgia Tech’s Sasha Goodlett went 11th to Indiana.

The Atlanta Dream didn’t have a first round pick, but they selected Connecticut’s Tiffany Hayes with the second pick in the second round. Atlanta then picked Isabelle Yacoubou of France in the third round, but she turned out to be ineligible to be drafted because she’s too old.

League rules stipulate that international players can only be drafted in the year in which they turn 20. The 6-4 Yacoubou turns 26 on Saturday. Atlanta could try to sign her as a free agent.

The WNBA season will begin on May 18 with training camps opening on April 29.