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          Release: 04/04/2007
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April 4, 2007

Iona College women's basketball senior Martina Weber has been selected by the New York Liberty with the 29th pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft. With the selection she becomes the first women's basketball player in school and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference history to be drafted in the nation's highest professional league.

"All of us here at Iona are extremely ecstatic for Martina," said Iona College head coach Anthony Bozzella. "Her dedication, perseverance and hard work have clearly paid off. The Liberty is a first class organization and we are thrilled that Martina will have a chance to be a part of that."

Weber sat with a few teammates and friends and watched from the Hynes Athletics Center offices. When her name was called as the third pick in round three the room burst with emotion. Shortly after, she calmed herself and was able to say:

"I can't begin to form the words to say how thrilled I am. I think this my biggest dream come true," said Weber. "I have dreamed of this since I was 13 years old and now today is the day. I hope that no one wakes me up right now, I feel like I'm in a movie."

She was especially grateful to her family as well as her friends at Iona. Her first phone call was to her mother, Maria, in Germany.

"I'd like to thank my mother who always told me 'du wirst es schaffen' which means you will make it one day," said Weber. "I also have great gratitude towards my teammates, all my coaches and administration at Iona, especially our trainer Mike Reddington who helped me battle through some difficult times on the court."

Weber completed two years in Maroon & Gold this past March as the most decorated player in school history. She was a two-time All-MAAC performer and was named 2007 Pepsi MAAC Player of the Year. Weber led Iona to its two best performances as a Division I program including a 17-12 record in 2005-06 and a 21-13 mark this past season. She averaged 16.1 points and grabbed 6.7 rebounds in 47 games in Maroon & Gold. The Gaels advanced past the MAAC Championship for the first time in history with a bit in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Weber averaged an incredible 29.0 points per game vs. Long Island and Indiana including a career-best 32 vs. the Hoosiers in her final game in Maroon & Gold.


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