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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 8, 2007 ?? Former Lady Lion standouts Helen Darling and Kelly Mazzante were selected in Monday??s WNBA Dispersal Draft. Darling was the fourth pick of the drat by the San Antonio Silver Stars, while Mazzante was the fifth selection by the Phoenix Mercury. The Charlotte Sting, a charter member of the WNBA, folded last week, forcing the league to hold a Dispersal Draft.
Darling, a six-year WNBA veteran, will join the Silver Stars after averaging 5.4 points and 2.8 assists as she started all 29 games that she played for the Sting last season. For her career, the 2000 Penn State graduate accounts for 4.8 points, 3.4 steals and 3.3 rebounds per outing.
Mazzante is coming off of a breakout season with the Sting as she contributed 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 34 games. She was third in the WNBA in three-point field goals made (64) and 13th in steals (47). The three-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year owns a career scoring average of 4.7 points per game.
Head coach Rene Portland will aim for her 600th win as Penn State head coach when the Lady Lions return to the Bryce Jordan Center to face #7/8 Ohio State on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. Fans in attendance will receive a Helen Darling mini-bobblehead doll while supplies last. The Lady Lions will also face Michigan for the second time in a week on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.