Minnesota Lynx Announce Training Camp Roster


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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team’s 2012 training camp roster. This year’s players include: free agent signee Erin Thorn, draftees Devereaux Peters, Kayla Standish and Julie Wojta, and training camp invitees Queralt Casas, Jasmine Lee, Tavelyn James, Porsche Poole and Brittany Rayburn. The new additions finalize Minnesota’s Training Camp roster at 18 players.

The Lynx open training camp on Sunday, April 29 with the team’s first practice of the 2012 season from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Life Time Fitness Training Center. Media access will begin at 5 p.m., with players and coaches available for interviews immediately after the conclusion of practice.

Due to overseas commitments, Lynx players Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Amber Harris, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen will not be present at the beginning of camp. Augustus, Moore and Whalen will also be absent from camp from May 11-13 for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp in Seattle, Washington.

Erin Thorn, a 5-9 guard, was signed by the Lynx on Monday, February 13. She averaged 5.4 points and 2.4 assists per game in 16.8 minutes per game last season, while shooting 39.5 percent from three-point range and 94.7 percent (18-of-19) from the charity stripe. A nine-year veteran who formerly played with the New York Liberty and Chicago Sky, Thorn has averaged 5.1 points in 16.0 minutes per game during her career while shooting 37.3 percent from three-point range.

Devereaux Peters, a 6-2 forward, was selected with the third overall pick by the Lynx in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Peters was a key part of the very successful Notre Dame program over the last five seasons, reaching both of the last two NCAA Championship games. She was named the Big EAST Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons. Peters finished her collegiate career as just the fourth player in the last 10 years to have multiple 60-block, 60-steal and 60-assist seasons, as well as the first player in program history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 blocks, 200 steals and 200 assists in a career.

Kayla Standish, a 6-2 forward, was drafted with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Just the third player in Gonzaga history to be drafted into the WNBA, Standish finished her senior season with the Bulldogs averaging a team-high 16.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. She finished her career as the school leader in both games played (138) and blocks (176), while ranking fifth in rebounds (809) and seventh in both points (1,583) and field goal percentage (48.8 percent).

Julie Wojta, a 6-2 guard/forward, was drafted with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft to become the first player in Wisconsin-Green Bay history to be drafted. As a senior with the Phoenix, Wojta led the Horizon League with 19.5 points and 3.8 steals per game last season while leading the team to its first Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history. She finished the season by being named a member of the AP All-America Second Team, the first player in program history to earn All-America status.

Queralt Casas, a 5-11 forward, represented Spain in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women. She averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game in the competition, shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. This past season, Casas played in the Spanish League with Mann Filter, averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game.

Jasmine Lee, a 6-2 forward/center, averaged 13.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game with Memphis in the last two years after transferring from the University of Georgia prior to the 2009-10 season. She was named the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2012 as well as being named to the C-USA First Team All-Conference.

Tavelyn James, a 5-7 guard, averaged 23.8 points per game as a senior with Eastern Michigan University, leading the Eagles in scoring for the fourth consecutive season en route to being named the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Conference Player of the Year. James finished her career in the top three of MAC history in points (2nd; 2,470), scoring average (3rd; 19.1 ppg), three-pointers (3rd; 291) and field goals (3rd; 863).

Porsche Poole, a 5-8 guard, averaged a team-high 13.4 points per game this season for Michigan State, an increase of 7.3 points from her junior season, the seventh-largest point jump in MSU history. She finished her senior season averaging career highs in points, rebounds (3.3 rpg), assists (3.4 apg) and steals (1.3 spg), earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors.

Brittany Rayburn, a 6-0 guard, averaged a team-high 14.8 points per game for Purdue last season while ranking second on the team with a career-high 4.2 rebounds per game. She finished her collegiate career in the top 10 in school history for points (6th; 1,795), three-pointers (2nd; 201), free throw percentage (3rd; 82.1 percent) and made free throws (3rd; 538).

 

2012 Lynx Training Camp Roster

No

Player

Pos

Ht

Birthdate

College/From

Yrs

1

Jessica Adair

C

6-4

12/19/86

George Washington ‘09

2

33

Seimone Augustus*^

G

6-0

04/30/84

Louisiana State ‘06

6

32

Rebekkah Brunson*

F

6-2

12/11/81

Georgetown ‘04

8

9

Queralt Casas

F

5-11

11/18/92

Spain

R

6

Amber Harris*

F

6-5

01/16/88

Xavier ‘11

1

24

Tavelyn James

G

5-7

02/02/90

Eastern Michigan ‘12

R

3

Jasmine Lee

F/C

6-2

08/10/89

Memphis ‘12

R

8

Taj McWilliams-Franklin*

F/C

6-2

08/20/70

St. Edward’s ‘93

13

23

Maya Moore*^

F

6-0

06/11/89

Connecticut ‘11

1

14

Devereaux Peters&

F

6-2

10/08/89

Notre Dame ‘12

R

4

Porsche Poole

G

5-8

06/20/89

Michigan State ‘12

R

25

Brittany Rayburn&

G

6-0

02/10/90

Purdue ‘12

R

12

Kayla Standish&

F

6-2

11/19/89

Gonzaga ‘12

R

5

Erin Thorn

G

5-9

05/19/81

Brigham Young ‘03

9

13

Lindsay Whalen*^

G

5-9

05/09/82

Minnesota ‘04

8

11

Candice Wiggins

G

5-11

02/17/87

Stanford ‘08

4

2

Julie Wojta

G/F

6-0

04/09/89

Wisconsin-Green Bay ‘12

R

22

Monica Wright

G/F

5-10

07/15/88

Virginia ‘10

2

Head Coach:              Cheryl Reeve (La Salle)

Assistant Coaches:   Jim Petersen (Minnesota), Shelley Patterson (Washington State)

Athletic Trainers:       Chuck Barta (Wisconsin-La Crosse), Keith Uzpen (Minnesota State, Mankato)

 

* Will miss the start of training camp due to overseas commitments

^ Will be a part of the 2012 USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp from May 11-13 in Seattle, Wash.

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