Roster Review: Rachel Jarry

Kyle Ratke
Web Editorial Associate

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Editor’s Note: Every Tuesday, Kyle Ratke will be reviewing a member of the Minnesota Lynx. We will review the player’s best games, offseason plans and more. On Thursday, there will be a photo gallery to match the week’s featured player.

Rachel Jarry, G/F

Age: 21

Years Pro: R

College: Australian Institute of Sport

When Rachel Jarry showed up to training camp with the Lynx in May, there was a bit of “who is that?” going around.

By just looking at the 6-foot-1 forward, you don’t say to yourself, “Wow, that looks like a basketball player!” the way you would with perhaps Seimone Augustus or Maya Moore.

But then you watch her play.

Effort. Fundamentals. And a bit of an odd shot. That’s what Jarry builds her game on. No, she doesn’t pass the eye test. Even head coach Cheryl Reeve admitted that in camp, but she has intangibles that made her a valuable part of this team in 2013.

Jarry was drafted 18th overall in the 2011 draft by the Atlanta Dream. She was traded to the Lynx on draft day. She finally got a chance this season after impressing in her preseason debut, scoring 11 points in a win over the Washington Mystics.

While Jarry wasn’t a player in Reeve’s main rotation, she could see herself become valuable heading into next season if she can keep improving her 3-point shot. It seems like most teams have a 3-point specialist and that could very well be Jarry’s role, as well as a scrappy defender.

Regular Season Stats:

27 games, 6.8 minutes per game, 1.7 points per game, 0.7 rebounds per game, 0.4 assists per game, 44.4 FG %, 60 3P %, 77.8 FT %

Playoff Stats:

5 games, 3.2 minutes per game, 0.6 points per game, 0.8 rebounds per game, 0.2 steals per game, 75 FT %

Best Game:

In a 97-74 home win over the Seattle Storm on August 31, the rookie put up a career-high 14 points while shooting a very efficient 5-of-6 from the field in 21 minutes. She also added a rebound, an assist and a steal. She was 1-of-2 from the 3-point line and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. Those 14 points led all players on the bench for both teams.

Offseason Plans: Jarry is staying close to home, playing for Melbourne (Australia) in the WNBL. In two games, she’s averaging 9.5 points per game to go along with 10.5 rebounds, two assists and is shooting 50 percent from the 3-point line in about 26 minutes of play. She’s also shooting 31.6 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line. In her last game on Oct. 25, Jarry scored 15 points while hauling in 14 rebounds.

Lynx fans should be encouraged by Jarry’s solid shooting from the 3-point line and her ability to rebound.

They Said It:

"It's just crazy, coming over here. The whole crowd knows about basketball, whereas in Australia, we're not a basketball nation, so a lot of people don't understand the game and you don't really get hyped. So being over here and you hit a couple threes and the whole crowd's into it — and the girls on the bench — it's a lot of fun." — Lynx forward Rachel Jarry on the difference between the United States and Australia when it comes to basketball.

Look for a photo gallery of Jarry to hit the site on Thursday.

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