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SECAUCUS, N.J. – Virginia senior guard Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) was drafted second overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft, held Thursday in Secaucus, N.J., by the Minnesota Lynx.

“It’s out of this world,” Wright said. “My emotions are crazy right now. I am so excited and relieved that I finally know where I am going. I was definitely nervous all day, but was very excited when they called my name with the second pick and I knew I was going to Minnesota. I am very excited about the opportunity to play with great players and be a part of a great Lynx organization that I have heard so much about.”

Wright becomes the highest draft pick in school history. Dawn Staley and Wendy Palmer were drafted ninth overall in 1999 and 1997, respectively.

Wright wrapped up her Cavalier career by averaging 23.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game en route to first team All-America honors from the Associated Press, the WBCA and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

She was selected the ACC Player of the Year, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year. Wright is UVa’s all-time leading scorer with 2,540 points – a total that ranks third in the history of the ACC.

Wright is the third UVa player in three years to be drafted. She joins Virginia alumnae Lyndra Littles (No. 17, 2009), Sharneé Zoll (No. 29, 2008), Schuye LaRue (No. 27, 2003) and Telisha Quarles (No. 31, 2003) as recent WNBA draft picks.

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