- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Washington Mystics selected Maryland swing player Marissa Coleman with the second pick of the 2009 WNBA draft.

Coleman finished her career in College Park second on the program's career scoring list, trailing only Crystal Langhorne, whom the Mystics selected in the first round last year.

Mystics officials kept the mood light in their draft room in the minutes leading up to the draft by sharing stories of the best games they have ever been a part of. The Atlanta Dream nearly eclipsed their allotted draft time and Mystics general manager Angela Taylor was ready to call in their pick immediately, but the Dream took Louisville forward Angel McCoughtry at the last second.

That was fine with Washington, which had Coleman as the highest rated player on its draft board.

Minutes later, the Chicago Sky selected Coleman's former Maryland teammate, point guard Kristi Toliver, with the third pick. It was somewhat of a surprising pick since most experts deemed Connecticut point guard Renee Montgomery as the top point guard prospect in the draft.

But Toliver stood out in this draft class because of her superior shooting ability, which Chicago coveted.

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