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NEW YORK -- Tahnee Robinson of Fort Washakie, Wyo., became the first full-blooded Native American player drafted by the WNBA when she was selected in the third round by the Phoenix Mercury.

Robinson, a 5-9, guard, was the 31st pick overall. She was immediately traded to the Connecticut Sun for a third-round draft pick in 2012.

Robinson is believed to be the first player from Wyoming to be selected in the WNBA draft.

Robinson finished a stellar two-year career at the University of Nevada in Reno. She averaged 22.1 points a game this past season, ninth-best in the nation. She is a two-time all-Western Athletic Conference selection and earned WBCA all-region honors. She was the WAC Newcomer of the Year her first season with the Wolf Pack.

Robinson is the first player from Nevada to be selected by the WNBA.

Prior to playing at Nevada, Robinson played two seasons at Sheridan College, where she averaged 29.8 points and was a first-team All-American as a sophomore. She led the Lady Generals to the NJCAA national tournament that season.

Robinson, whose family lives on the Wind River Reservation, is a former Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year.

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High School Sports, Rodeo Reporter

Sports writer for The Billings Gazette.