Minnesota Lynx Players Kristen Mann and Nicole Ohlde Invited to USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team Training Camp

February 27, 2006
USA Basketball today announced its roster for a training session in Europe (Hungary & Poland) from March 2 to March 9 that consists of practices and three games against two of the top EuroLeague teams, MKB Euroleasing Sopron and Lotos Gdynia.

The roster of 13 WNBA players, including Lynx forwards Nicole Ohlde and Kristen Mann, will be competing for a spot to represent the United States at the 2006 FIBA World Championships. The final 12-member USA World Championship Team will be announced at a later date.

“We are excited that two of our players will have a chance to be a part of the 2006 FIBA World Championships,” said Lynx Chief Operation Officer Roger Griffith. “We wish them the best of luck and know that they will do a great job of representing the Lynx and the United States.”

Ohlde, a member of the 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women and 2002 World Championships for Young Women Qualifying Tournament gold medallist teams, finished the 2005 WNBA season as Minnesota’s leading scorer (11.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.7 rpg). In only two seasons in the league, she has already put her mark on the Lynx’ all-time records list, including second in blocked shots (67), fourth in points scored (779), fourth in field goal percentage (.448), fourth in total rebounds (388), fourth in minutes played (2,056) and fifth in scoring average (11.5).

Mann, the 11th overall choice of the Lynx in the 2005 WNBA Draft, concluded her rookie season by playing 24 games and averaging 3.0 ppg (30-for-60, .500), 1.5 rpg and 7.7 mpg. She was also a member of the gold medal 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women team.