Mercury Re-Signs Thomas, Kizer
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury has re-signed 6-5 center Krystal Thomas and 6-4 forward Lynetta Kizer, the club announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“Krystal showed great improvement last year and took advantage of a great opportunity to show what she is capable of,” Head Coach and General Manager Corey Gaines said. “We think she can be a great presence in the post in this league. And we look forward to Lynetta making similar strides in her improvement this season.”
Entering her third WNBA season, Thomas is coming off a breakout 2012 campaign in which she averaged a career-high 8.0 rebounds per contest, the second-highest single-season average in franchise history, and the fifth-highest in the league in 2012, trailing only Olympians Tina Charles (10.5), Sylvia Fowles (10.4) and Candace Parker (9.7), and All-Star Rebekkah Brunson (8.9). Thomas recorded 10 double-digit rebound efforts in a span of just 24 games, the second-most in a single season in franchise history (11, Candice Dupree, 2011, 34 games).
After being waived on the final day of training camp in 2012, Thomas was recalled a week into the season and was permanently inserted into the starting lineup seven games later. The final pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, Thomas started the last 25 games of the 2012 season for the Mercury, averaging 7.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in 29.3 minutes as a starter. She closed the season with 10 or more rebounds in five-straight games, the longest streak in franchise history.
The Mercury originally signed Thomas on Aug. 13, 2011, after the Duke University alum was waived by the Seattle Storm.
Kizer enters her second WNBA season after being selected by the Tulsa Shock in the third round (29th overall) of the 2012 Draft. A product of the University of Maryland, Kizer was waived by the Shock on June 18 of last season and then signed by the Mercury on July 5. She appeared in 15 games for the Mercury, averaging 7.1 points in 15.6 minutes per game with the club.
The Mercury owns the No. 1 pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, to be held on April 15 in Bristol, Conn., and broadcast in primetime on ESPN. The top pick in the most anticipated draft in league history will make her WNBA debut on May 27 when the Mercury hosts the Chicago Sky, owner of the second overall pick. Tipoff is schedule for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2. Flexible ticket packages are available by calling 602-252-WNBA or visiting phoenixmercury.com.