MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Lynx selected Connecticut forward Svetlana Abrosimova with the seventh pick of the WNBA draft, though she will be unavailable when their season begins because of a foot injury.
Former Rochester Mayo stars Kelly and Coco Miller, who played collegiately at Georgia, both were first-round selections. The Charlotte Sting chose Kelly Miller with the second pick overall. Coco Miller was the ninth player chosen, by the Washington Mystics.
Abrosimova's senior season ended when a ligament in her left foot was torn in a Feb. 1 game against Tennessee. She is scheduled to undergo a second surgery next week and said she was told she could resume playing by mid-June. The Lynx's season opens May 31 at Portland.
Abrosimova, a 6-foot-2 forward from Russia, was a two-time first-team All-American and was named to the second-team this season despite her injury. She was a model of consistency during her four seasons with the Huskies -- averaging 14.5 points and 6.4 rebounds as a freshman, 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds as a sophomore, 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior and 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior.
She played for the Russia national team, averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds during the 2000 Olympics.
The Millers will be separated for the first time in their illustrious career as the greatest sister act in college history. Last season, they shared the 1999 Sullivan Award given to the country's top amateur athletes. Kelly Miller was a two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year and was four times named to the all-SEC first team.
The Lynx also drafted guard Erin Buescher and center Janell Burse of Tulane in the second round, guard Tombi Bell of Florida in the third round and Roseau's Megan Taylor, a guard-forward from Iowa State, in the fourth round. Buescher was an NAIA All-American at The Master's College last season.
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