Mattel released a WNBA edition Barbie doll back in 1998, complete with a plastic ball and mini-basket.
Bria Hartley was 6 then, a self-described tomboy who hated dolls. This was the exception.
"I'd play with that WNBA Barbie and kind of fantasize about being a professional player," said Hartley, a North Babylon product who starred for the University of Connecticut. "Playing at the highest level was always my dream."
That dream came true Monday night as Hartley was selected seventh overall by the Seattle Storm in the WNBA draft, then traded to the Washington Mystics.
"I'm so excited for this moment and glad for the opportunity," said Hartley, who had about 25 friends and relatives in attendance at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The roaring ovation for the point guard was no surprise, considering the venue is less than an hour from UConn. She helped the Huskies win a second straight national championship last week.
Liberty deals for Charles. The Liberty acquired center Tina Charles, 25, in a trade with the Sun, packaging the fourth overall pick, Alyssa Thomas, and its 2015 first-round pick for the Queens native and 2012 league MVP. Charles, a New York Miss Basketball in 2006 at Christ the King, also played at UConn and averaged 18.0 points and 10.1 rebounds for the Sun this past season.