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Sykes and Peterson make history for SU in WNBA Draft

Brittney Sykes goes 7th overall to the Atlanta Dream, Alexis Peterson 15th to the Seattle Storm

There has been 45 years of Syracuse Women's College Basketball and 20 years of the WNBA. Over that span, the Orange has produced just three draft picks.

On Thursday night, that number rose to five.

Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson became the most recent players to be drafted into the WNBA. Brittney Sykes was the 7th overall pick to the Atlanta Dream and Alexis Peterson was the 15th overall pick to the Seattle Storm. Both had stupendous stats for the Orange over their time in Syracuse. Peterson leaves SU as the 2nd all-time leading scorer (1,978) and first in assists (590). Sykes career was not to shabby either, she leaves 'Cuse third all-time in points (1,846), fifth in steals (266) and eighth in rebounds (810).

Both were large parts of SU's run to the 2016 NCAA National Final. Peterson this season was the ACC's Player of the Year, and both Peterson and Sykes were All-ACC First Team.

Sykes is the program's highest ever draft pick, and only the second first round selection ever.

Peterson may have gone in round two, but she's Seattle's first pick in the 2017 Draft.

Not to mention, she's now paired with Cicero-North Syracuse graduate Breanna Stewart.

The WNBA season begins May 13.

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