Lynx Sign Six Players

New Lynx center Vanessa Hayden
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April 23, 2004 The Lynx today announced the team has signed all five of the team's 2004 WNBA Draft picks, forwards Nicole Ohlde and Tasha Butts, center Vanessa Hayden and guards Amber Jacobs and Kate Bulger. The Lynx also signed free agent Chanel Wright-Greene and announced that guard Georgia Schweitzer has declared her retirement from the WNBA.

The Lynx open their 2004 training camp Sunday at the team's practice facility. The team's annual Media Day is set for Tuesday.

Ohlde, a 6-4 forward, was drafted by the Lynx in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft. The Big 12 Player of the Year her junior and senior years, she is only the fourth player in Big 12 history to pass the 2000-point mark and is Kansas State's all-time leading scorer (2,161), rebounder (970) and shot-blocker (201). Ohlde posted 17.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 3.8 apg in her senior season.

Hayden, the seventh overall selection, is Florida's all-time blocked shots leader with 357 and, as a senior, she was SEC Defensive Player of the Year. She averaged 19.0 ppg, 3.6 bpg and 10.6 rpg her senior year.

Butts, the Lynx' second-round pick (20th overall), averaged 10.4 ppg (38.6% 3FG%), 5.4 rpg and 2.9 apg, and was a member of the All-SEC Second Team in her senior season as she led Tennessee to the NCAA Championship Game. Jacobs, selected 33rd overall, averaged 12.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.8 apg in 123 games and was a member of the 2004 All-Big East Second Team. Bulger, selected 38th overall, scored 1,265 points and made 301 three-pointers during her career at West Virginia.

Wright-Greene was First-Team All-ACC Tournament her senior year at North Carolina (1999) with 13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 2.7 apg. She ranks eighth in scoring (14.7 ppg) on the school's all-time charts and averaged 5.1 rpg and 2.9 apg in 128 career games. In 2002 she was the WABA Player of the Year with York City Noise and in 2003 she played in Israel for Peta Tikvah, averaging 23.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg.

Schweitzer came to the Lynx in 2001 as part of a trade with Miami. In 2003 she appeared in a career-low 16 games, averaging 7.4 mpg, .9 ppg and 1.1 rpg. She posted 3.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.1 apg in 70 career contests.

Along with the above players, the following Lynx players are currently under contract with the team: forwards Svetlana Abrosimova, Tamika Williams and Amanda Lassiter, center Jordan Adams and guard Teresa Edwards.

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 19. The team may also place two players on the Injured List.

2004 Lynx Training Camp Index