Aces History: Feeling A Draft (2010)

One year after posting the best record in the WNBA, San Antonio fell off to 15-19, losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Phoenix Mercury. That game the Silver Stars the fifth pick in each of the 2010 WNBA Draft’s three rounds.

In the first round, San Antonio took Stanford’s Jayne Appel (pictured). The 6-4 center played in 28 games for the Silver Stars as a rookie, all as a reserve. She averaged 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while making 53.5 percent of her field goal attempts.

During her sophomore campaign, Appel once again came off the bench , but in 2012 she broke into the starting lineup, and over the next five years, she started 155 of the team’s 170 games. During her first three years as a starter, Appel connected on 55.3, 57.9 and 53.8 percent of her shots from the field, but she never recorded enough attempts to qualify for the league leaderboard.

Her best year in the W came in 2013 when she averaged 5.9 points and 8.9 rebounds. Appel retired after the 2016 season, finishing her career with averages of 4.0 points and 6.1 rebounds.

In the second round, San Antonio selected Middle Tennessee State forward Alysha Clark. Clark scored 1,756 points in her two-year career with the Blue Raiders, and averaged 27.9 points and 10.7 rebounds during her tenure. The Silver Stars waived her late in the 2010 preseason.

Clark eventually caught on with the Seattle Storm in 2012. She just finished her sixth year in the league, and fourth as a starter. Her best season to date was arguably her most recent one when she averaged 8.2 points and a career-high 4.2 rebounds while making 52.5 percent of her shots from the field.

With their final pick in the draft, the Silver Stars picked up Mississippi State guard Alexis Rack. Rack was the Bulldogs leading scorer as a senior at 15.8 points per game, and led the team to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. San Antonio waived her prior to the start of the regular season.