Lynx Sign Forward Kristen Mann
Lynx Sign Forward Kristen Mann, Núria Martínez Waived to Make Room on Roster
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed forward Kristen Mann. To make room on the roster, the Lynx also today waived guard Núria Martínez.
"We signed Núria knowing that towards the end of the season she would have to return to Spain to prepare for the upcoming World Championships," said Roger Griffith, Lynx Executive Vice President. "Her recent hamstring injury expedited this whole process. She wasn't going to be able to play in many games the rest of the season due to her injury, and in order to better position our roster as we continue to push for the playoffs, we decided to make the move now. Kristen adds depth to the forward position and an ability to shoot from the perimeter. Núria has been a true professional and we wish her nothing but the best as she prepares for the 2010 World Championships."
Mann, originally drafted by the Lynx in the first round (11th overall) in the 2005 WNBA Draft, returns to the Lynx after spending the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons with Minnesota. In 91 games, 50 starts, with the Lynx, Mann averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game. The 6-1 forward shot .346 percent (73-of-211) from the three-point line over her three seasons with the Lynx. Mann started all 33 games she played in for the Lynx in 2006, averaging 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 27.1 minutes per game.
The Lakewood, Calif., native was selected in the Expansion Draft by the Atlanta Dream on Feb. 6, 2008. Mann went on to spend parts of the 2008 season with the Dream and Indiana, and played 16 games with the Washington Mystics in 2009.
While at UC Santa Barbara, Mann averaged 19.5 ppg and 9.4 rpg as a senior while earning Big West Player of the Year honors. The 6-1 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 in 2005.
Originally signed by the Lynx on April 19, 2010, Martínez averaged 1.8 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 15 games with the Lynx this season. The 5-9 guard scored a season- and career-high six points on three separate occasions, most recently July 14 vs. Atlanta. Martínez had missed the past three games with a strained right hamstring.
Mann will wear #44 and is expected to be in uniform tonight when the Lynx take on the Connecticut Sun at 7:00 p.m. at Target Center.
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