April 16, 2005
SECAUCUS, N.J. — With the second pick of the second round and the 15th pick overall, Florida State’s Roneeka Hodges was taken by the Houston Comets in the 2005 WNBA Draft Saturday at the NBA Studios. With the selection, Hodges becomes the fourth Seminole to be drafted to the WNBA but the highest pick in Florida State history. Hodges was also the first player from the Atlantic Coast Conference to be selected in this year’s draft.
“It’s a good feeling to know that you’ve left your mark somewhere,” Hodges said. “It will always make me feel good about myself and the things that I’ve done being able to leave that kind of legacy. I think it is good for me and for Florida State.”
“This shows the progress of our program,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “I believe we will continue to have more and more players go into the league and have the potential to be drafted higher and higher. I’m just really proud of how Roneeka has represented Florida State.”
Hodges, her family, and Semrau gathered in the studio with other hopeful women’s basketball players. Each athlete in attendance sat at a table with her guests and awaited the announcement by WNBA President Donna Orender.
“When I got picked, I kind of felt relieved that the whole thing was over with and I knew where I was going,” Hodges said. “Overall it was a great feeling. I was kind of nervous and anxious but it ended up well. Going to Houston is a good situation considering the players they have and the things that have been going on with the team.”
Following the selection, Hodges went through a series of interviews and photo shoots before being able to relax in the hospitality room with her family. It was then that she and twin sister Doneeka, who plays for the Los Angeles Sparks, posed for a photo together in front of the WNBA backdrop.
The pair played three seasons together at LSU before Roneeka decided to transfer to Florida State. Now, for the first time in their careers, they will be playing at the same time, but on different teams. Most importantly, though, is that they will both be playing in the WNBA, a goal that was set years ago.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Roneeka said, “because during your childhood, you wound up doing things together all of the time and you dream of something and it finally comes true. It’s the best feeling in the world.”
Sister Doneeka agreed.
“I’m excited for her and I was just happy to hear her name being called out,” Doneeka said. “I think Houston is a very established team in the league and she’ll be a great fit for that organization. I’m definitely proud of her. Both of us playing in the WNBA, was always a dream growing up. It just came true today. We just have to make the best of it and enjoy the moment.”
Hodges, a first team All-ACC selection this season, scored an impressive 615 points this season and was second in the league in scoring at 19.2 points per game. She led the Seminoles to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001.
“This is kind of like the icing on the cake,” Hodges said. “I feel like I’ve done everything I set out to do when I came to Florida State. I am grateful that Coach Sue and the coaching staff allowed me to come and allowed me to showcase my talent.”
Semrau was elated for Hodges.
“It was exciting to see Roneeka live out one of her dreams to be at the WNBA draft,” Semrau said. “I think she is one of the players this year with the kind of heart, athleticism and skill to make a WNBA team. She’s worked very hard and has been tremendous for us and she will really be a benefit to the league.
“It was fun to see her and Doneeka in the same place with the same vision of playing professional basketball,” Semrau continued. “It is very rare that one person in a family has that kind of ability and heart and to see two of them, looking an awful lot like each other, was a joy for me.”
2005 WNBA DRAFT, ROUND 1
1 Charlotte Sting Janel McCarville, C, Minnesota
2 Indiana Fever Tan White, G, Mississippi St.
3 Phoenix Mercury Sandora Irvin, F, Texas Christian
4 San Antonio Silver Stars Kendra Wecker, F, Kansas St.
5 Houston Comets Sancho Lyttle, C, Houston
6 Washington Mystics Temeka Johnson, G, L.S.U.
7 Detroit Shock Kara Braxton, F, Georgia
8 Connecticut Sun Katie Feenstra, C, Liberty
(Rights traded to San Antonio for Margo Dydek)
9 Sacramento Monarchs Kristin Haynie, G, Michigan St.
10 New York Liberty Loree Moore, G, Tennessee
11 Minnesota Lynx Kristen Mann, F, UC-Santa Barbara
12 Seattle Storm Tanisha Wright, G, Penn State
13 Detroit Shock Dionnah Jackson, F, Oklahoma
2005 WNBA DRAFT, ROUND 2
14 San Antonio Silver Stars Shyra Ely, F, Tennessee
15 Houston Comets Roneeka Hodges, G, Florida State
16 Indiana Fever Yolanda Paige, G, West Virginia
17 Minnesota Lynx Jacqueline Batteast, F, Notre Dame
18 Phoenix Mercury Angelina Williams, F, Illinois
19 Washington Mystics Erica Taylor, G, Louisiana Tech
20 Detroit Shock Nikita Bell, F/G, North Carolina
21 Connecticut Sun Erin Phillips, Australia
22 Sacramento Monarchs Chelsea Newton, G, Rutgers
23 New York Liberty Tabitha Pool, F, Michigan
24 Charlotte Sting Jessica Moore, C, Connecticut
25 Seattle Storm Ashley Battle, F, Connecticut
26 Los Angeles Sparks DeeDee Wheeler, G, Arizona
2005 WNBA DRAFT, ROUND 3
27 San Antonio Silver Stars Catherine Kraayeveld, F, Oregon
28 Houston Comets Jenni Dant, G, DePaul
29 Indiana Fever Ashley Earley, G/F, Vanderbilt
30 Sacramento Monarchs Anne O’Neil, G, Iowa State
31 Phoenix Mercury Jamie Carey, G, Texas
32 Washington Mystics Tashia Morehead, F, Florida
33 Detroit Shock Jenni Lingor, G, Southwest Missouri St.
34 Connecticut Sun Megan Mahoney, F, Kansas St.
35 Sacramento Monarchs Cisti Greenwalt, C, Texas Tech
36 New York Liberty Rebecca Richman, C, Rutgers
37 Minnesota Lynx Bivins, G, Alabama
38 Seattle Storm Steffanie Blackmon, F, Baylor
39 Los Angeles Sparks Heather Schreiber, F, Texas