Family and friends support players

BRISTOL, Conn. (2:30 p.m.ET) -- It's time for the WNBA draft.

Following a late-morning brunch with ESPN executives, the players settled into their player's lounge in Building 4 of the ESPN complex.

They waited in line for their turn at hair and makeup, changing their clothes from business casual to dressy for the draft telecast.

And then they boarded a bus to cross the ESPN campus to Studio E in the Digital Center, the studio where the draft will be held.

Parents, coaches and family members made their way across campus on foot to both the studio and the viewing area.

Quarters are tight in the studio, limited to the 15 players and two guests per player.

The rest of the family and friends in attendance are in the friends and family viewing room right above the media headquarters.

The viewing room is crowded and lively.

Arneice Breland-Lawrence, sister of Jessica Breland, said she woke up at 6 a.m. and began posting on Twitter and Facebook, "It's draft day."

"We are so excited," Breland-Lawrence said.

Her husband John Lawrence cracked, "She's nervous, I'm excited. I slept like a baby."

Breland's mother, Jean, was not well enough to make the trip from Kelford, N.C. She's at home watching with another of her daughters.

"The first time she played, she was 7 years old," Breland-Lawrence said. "She got to middle school and we saw something. It's just how hard she's always worked, how hard she worked in that fifth year (after returning for her final season following cancer treatment). We all know what it took and that's why we are so excited."

Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves is soaking it in.

His beloved point guard, Courtney Vandersloot, could be a top 10 pick after leading the mid-major power to its first appearance in the Elite Eight.

"Who knows what's going to happen," Graves said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for us. It's not every year we are going to have a player here."

Graves said Vandersloot looked cool when he saw her earlier in the day.

"She's ready to go home, I think," Graves said.

Vandersloot has been in a hotel room every night for the last three weeks.

"She probably misses being in the gym," Graves said. "She's probably never gone this long in her entire life."

Three of Maya Moore's Connecticut teammates -- Caroline Doty, Kelly Faris and Tiffany Hayes -- made their way into the viewing room to support their teammate. Moore is joined in the studio by her mother, Kathryn, and Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma.

Moore is not done with Auriemma yet. He'll be her coach with the U.S. national team.

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