WNBA Draft: Lynx Select UC Santa Barbara’s Kristen Mann 11th Overall
Also Select Jacqueline Batteast & Monique Bivins

Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Lynx today selected forward Kristen Mann from UC Santa Barbara in the first round (11th overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft, held in Secaucus, N.J.

"We think that Kristen Mann will fit right in with the post players that we got in last year's draft,” said Lynx head coach Suzie McConnell Serio. “She is someone who can extend the defense out to the three-point line and open up the inside for our post players -- Nicole Ohlde, Vanessa (Hayden) and Tamika Williams -- and also gives us the versatility of being able to put her out on the perimeter as a '3' player, and at 6-2 that gives us a great option. So we're very excited about the versatility of her game and what she will bring to our team."

Mann averaged 19.5 ppg and 9.4 rpg as a senior while earning Big West Player of the Year honors. The 6-2 forward appeared in 114 games and amassed 1,700 points in her collegiate career, and was named to the All-Big West First Team three times. A career 44.3% shooter from the field, Mann was the Big West Freshman of the Year in 2002 and received AP All-American Honorable Mention this season.

In the second round, Minnesota selected Notre Dame’s Jacqueline Batteast (17th overall). Batteast averaged 16.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 2.6 apg, and was a member of the All-Big East First Team in her senior season. The 6-2 forward was the Big East Rookie of the Year and USBWA National Freshman of the Year in 2002, was named to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team in 2004, and in 2005, became just the second Notre Dame women’s basketball player ever to earn Kodak All-American honors.

The Lynx selected Monique Bivins in the third round (37th overall) from the University of Alabama. Bivins, a 5-9 guard, averaged 10.1 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 116 career games for the Crimson Tide. She ranks fifth all-time at Alabama for 3-pointers made (193) and was a second team All-South Eastern Conference member after her junior and senior seasons.