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    APRIL 13, 2006
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Owls standout Dupree drafted by WNBA’s new Chicago Sky


Senior Candice Dupree was selected with the sixth pick of the 2006 WNBA draft by the Chicago Sky on April 5. Dupree becomes the first Temple women’s basketball player to be drafted by the WNBA. 

She will report for training camp on April 23 when the Sky begin their inaugural season in the WNBA, joining former Rutgers standout Chelsea Newton and WNBA star Stacy Dales, as well as rookies Jennifer Harris of Washburn University and Kerri Gardin from Virginia Tech.

Dupree, a two-time Atlantic 10 Player and Defensive Player of the Year and three-time Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Tournament, led the Owls to three A-10 titles in her collegiate career. The 6-2 forward became the first Temple player to earn Associated Press All-American honors, earning third-team status this year. She also was named a Kodak/WBCA All-America Team Honorable Mention selection and to the Bayer Advantage All-Senior All-America Second Team. 

Dupree led the Owls in scoring, rebounding, blocks and field-goal percentage. The Tampa, Fla., native finished the A-10 season with 11 double-doubles en route to earning four A-10 Player of the Week nods. She led the 18th-ranked Owls to their third straight 20-win season with a 24-8 mark, and also earned First-Team All-Conference honors.

She joins Temple head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley, who will be playing her final season in the WNBA as a member of the Houston Comets. Staley and Dupree will be the first collegiate coach and player to be playing concurrently in the WNBA. The two will face off on June 2 when the Sky visit the Comets.