Lynx Sign Five Players

Katie Smith is a three-time WNBA All-Star.
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May 1, 2003 The Lynx today announced the team has re-signed WNBA All-Star guard Katie Smith. The Lynx also signed guards Teresa Edwards and Georgia Schweitzer as well as free agent forwards LaTonya Sims and Gwen Slaughter. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Minnesota's 2003 training camp roster currently stands at 13.

Smith, 28, is the Lynx' all-time leader in 19 statistical categories, including points (2,247), rebounds (395) assists (299) and steals (118). She is the WNBA's all-time leader in three-point field goals with 287. In 2003, Smith led the Lynx in scoring for the third consecutive season, and earned her third straight WNBA All-Star appearance. A three-time All-WNBA award winner, Smith is the all-time leading scorer in the history of U.S. women's professional basketball (ABL/WNBA) with 3,680 points. The 5-11 guard is the lone Lynx player who has been with the team since the inaugural season in 1999.

Edwards, 38, was the team's second-round draft pick (14th overall) in the 2003 WNBA Draft. The most decorated women's player in the history of USA Basketball, Edwards has competed in five Olympic Games and won four gold medals. She was a teammate of Smith in the 2000 Olympics and played with Lynx coach Suzie McConnell Serio in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. She played three seasons in the ABL with the Atlanta Glory (1996-97 and 1997-98) and the Philadelphia Rage (1998-99). In 98 games, she averaged 20.8 ppg, 6.4 apg and 2.57 spg.

Schweitzer, a 6-0 guard, averaged 4.1 ppg and shot 48.3% (42-for-87) from the field in 30 games (nine starts) in 2003. She recorded a career high 17 points


and a season-high six rebounds vs. Seattle on Aug. 4. Acquired in a trade with Miami in 2001, Schweitzer has appeared in 54 games in two seasons with Minnesota and has averaged 3.9 ppg and 1.9 rpg.

Sims, a 6-3 forward, stared at the University of Wisconsin from 1997-98 through 2000-01. She played in every game during her collegiate career, including a school-record 124 consecutive games. The 1998 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Sims averaged 15.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg while shooting 46.4% from the field in her four-year career. She was a teammate of current Lynx guard Tamara Moore at Wisconsin.

Slaughter, an undrafted rookie from Tulane, finished her career as the second all-time leading rebounder (962) in school history. As a senior in 2002-03, Slaughter earned All-Conference USA Second Team honors with 8.8 ppg, and 9.2 ppg.

The Lynx may carry up to 18 players on their roster for the first 10 days of training camp before reducing their roster to 15 players for the remainder of camp. The final roster cut-down date for the Lynx' regular-season 11-player active roster is May 21. The team may also place two players on the Injured List.