In Friday afternoon's Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft, former University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball players Kara Lawson and Gwen Jackson were chosen fifth and sixth, respectively, in the annual event's opening round.
The Detroit Shock, under head coach and former Detroit Pistons player Bill Laimbeer, took Lawson with their second selection of the first round, while the Indiana Fever, home to former UT superstars Tamika Catchings and Nikki McCray, made Jackson their first round choice at the sixth position.
With their selection, the seniors become the 17th and 18th Lady Vol players all-time to be tabbed for inclusion into the WNBA.
During their Lady Vol careers, the senior duo of Lawson and Jackson helped lead the Lady Vols to three NCAA Final Fours (2000, 2002 and 2003), two NCAA title games (2000 and 2003) and an overall record of 126-17, while picking up four straight regular-season conference titles and one SEC Tournament championship (2000).
Lady Vols move up the charts in Philly
After finishing third in the sprint medley relay a year ago, the Lady Vols improved to second place in 2003, just missing the SMR championship by 29/100ths of a second in the prestigious Penn Relays on Friday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
With Toyin Olupona and Antoinette Gorham handling the 200-meter legs, Dee Dee Trotter the 400-meter role and Cook the 800-meter closer, the all-sophomore unit posted the third-fastest SMR time in school history.
That performance supplanted the 3:48.01 charted at last year's Penn Relays by Gorham, Trotter and Cook with Kameisha Bennett running the 400m leg.
Individually, sophomore Dee Dee Trotter finished ninth in the 100-meter dash, charting a season-best time of 11.70 and increasing her 2003 topper by 2/100ths of a second.
Rowers split weekend races
The University of Tennessee rowing team, ranked 20th in the USRowing/CRCA Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, won two of four races against No. 12 Washington State and homestanding Clemson on Sunday.
The Lady Vols claimed victory in the varsity 4+ and novice 8+, while just being edged out by the Cougars in both the varsity 8+ and 2nd varsity 8+ races.
Tennessee's next action will come as it hosts the Lexus Central/South Regional Championships, May 17-18, on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.