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Irish pair taken in WNBA draft

Former Notre Dame women's basketball players Devereaux Peters and Natalie Novosel accomplished something that the Irish haven't done in more than a decade.

The two were taken in the same WNBA draft class Monday with Peters being selected No. 3 overall by the defending champion Minnesota Lynx and Novosel being taken eighth overall by the Washington Mystics.

It was the first time multiple Irish players were taken in the draft since Ruth Riley, Niele Ivey and Kelley Siemon were selected in the 2001 draft. Peters and Novosel are the first Irish players to be taken in the first round in the same draft, and they are the eighth and ninth Notre Dame players to be drafted.

Peters and Novosel helped lead the Irish to a 35-4 record this season and a second straight appearance in the NCAA women's tournament title game.

Peters told The Associated Press she was surprised to be taken so high in the draft after her named was called after Los Angeles selected Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike at No. 1 and Seattle picked Tennessee's Shekinna Stricklen second.

"I never thought I'd be (drafted) at that point," said Peters, who had three surgeries to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee while at Notre Dame. "When they interviewed me they talked about my knee. To come this far and have 2 1/2 years where I got to play free from injury is great. It's great to see all my dreams come to fruition here."

Peters averaged 10.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks at Notre Dame. She is the first Irish player to have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 blocks, 200 steals and 200 assists in her career.

Novosel did not miss a game in four years with the Irish, playing in 144 and starting 82. She averaged 10.9 points at Notre Dame, and she finished ninth on the school scoring list with 1,569 points.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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