Lynx Sign Draft Picks Rodgers, Jeffery

The Minnesota Lynx today announced the signing of draft picks Ta’Shauna “Sugar” Rodgers (14th overall) and Janeesa “Chucky” Jeffery (24th overall).

Rodgers, 23, averaged career-highs in points (22.9), rebounds (6.9), assists (4.1) and steals (3.4) as a senior this past season. Her 711 points were the highest single-season point total in program history, while her 2,518 career points are more than any other player – male or female – in school history. A four-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection, Rodgers also wrapped up her collegiate career as the school leader in steals (326), three-pointers (346) and scoring average (19.4), while ranking fourth in games played (130) and eighth in both assists (328) and rebounds (674).

Jeffery, 21, led the Buffaloes across the board -- scoring (13.7 ppg), assists (4.0 apg), rebounds (8.2 rpg) and steals (2.2) -- as a senior this past season. She ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3), fifth in both assists and steals, sixth in rebounding and double-doubles (10), and ninth in scoring. Jeffery was an AP All-American Honorable Mention selection and an All-Pac-12 member for the second consecutive year.

The first chance fans have to see the defending Western Conference Champion’s new-look roster is the team’s preseason contest at Target Center on Tuesday, May 21 at 12 p.m. Tickets for the preseason game are available starting at $15, with season ticket members and groups of 10 or more receiving a discounted rate of $12.

The 15th season of professional women’s basketball in Minnesota kicks off Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. when the Lynx take on the Connecticut Sun. Beginning as low as $18 per game, subject to demand, or $187 for a full-season package, fans can purchase tickets by calling the Lynx at 612-673-8400 or by visiting

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