by Sarah Lake
In the third round of the 2004 WNBA Draft, the Lynx chose 5-8 guard Amber Jacobs from Boston College. Jacobs was Minnesota's second-leading scorer during the preseason and has played in 24 of the Lynx' 26 games so far this season. Many rookies don't get this much playing time during an entire season. Furthermore, not many third-rounders make it to the court at all. Jacobs' success with the Lynx is a testament to her determination, hard work and talent on the basketball court.
Jacobs led her team at Boston College to its first-ever Big East Tournament Championship during her senior year. She was selected an Associated Press honorable mention All-American and was named to the All-Big East second team after averaging 14.7 points and 4.1 assists per game. Following her four-year BC career, she finished fourth on the school's all-time scoring list, fifth in assists and second in three-pointers.
Some rookies have a tough time making the transition from "Queen of the Court" to "Lowly Rookie." "I'm taking it with a positive attitude," Jacobs said. "I am definitely a team player. I want to help my team in any way, and if that means I need to come off the bench, then that's what I'm going to do. It's been an adjustment, but I have no regrets. I'm still loving the game and I'm loving playing for the Lynx."
Jacobs scored a season-high 11 points July 15 at New York, her first double-figure effort of the year. She recorded at least one three-pointer in six consecutive games from July 11-22; the Lynx are 9-1 when she hits a three-pointer. Jacobs is averaging 3.0 points in 11.9 minutes per game in 2004.
Veteran point guard Teresa Edwards had this to say about her newest protege: "AJ is a breath of fresh air to me. She's hungry to get better. She works so hard every day in practice. Her shot is awesome' she's a great shooter."
Jacobs listed Great Expectations by Charles Dickens as her favorite book. "Great Expectations" is also what she has for this season and her WNBA career. "I want to show that I can come in and be a part of this league and be an impact player on the Lynx team," she said. "I am looking forward to that challenge."
If the tenacity and determination that Jacobs has shown this season can be used as a predictor, we can expect great things from the Lynx' #23.
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Jacobs' WNBA.com playerfile
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Get to Know Amber Jacobs
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