Dispersal draft mixes up the Fire talent


Player Position Team Selection

Tamicha Jackson G Phoenix 4thÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ

Could start right away alongside Gordana Grubin. Says coach John Shumate: 'She moves her feet well on defense, and she's always tough to guard in the open court.'

DeMya Walker F Sacramento 5thÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ

What a frontcourt: Vancouver's Chantelle Anderson and the hardworking Walker team with Monarch standouts Yolanda Griffith and Tangela Smith.

Sylvia Crawley C Indiana 7thÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ

Fever wanted a tall player who could rebound and score inside.

Jenny Mowe C Washington 8thÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ

Will the sturdy 6-5, ex-UO center finally get her chance to play?

Alisa Burras C Seattle 9thÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ

Low-post threat complements Lauren Jackson's inside-outside game.

LaQuanda Barksdale F San Antonio 12thÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ

Could be a bit player; former Utah team still revolves around Natalie Williams.

Ukari Figgs G Houston 13thÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ

Surprisingly low pick, but she and unretired Cynthia Cooper will provide depth to the talent-laden Comets.

Jackie Stiles G Los Angeles 14th (last)ÊÊÊÊ

One-time rookie of the year's stock fell, probably because of wrist and foot surgeries. É Where does she fit in? League champs have six guards who played substantial minutes last year, including starters Nikki Teasley and Tamecka Dixon. Could she battle ex-Portland Fire teammate Sophia Witherspoon for minutes?

Free agents: Those not selected in the dispersal draft included Oregon City's Lindsey Yamasaki and former Fire players Vanessa Nygaard, Tully Bevilaqua, Kristin Folkl, Amber Hall, Stacey Thomas and Carolyn Young.