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Janel McCarville #4 Forward/Center

Janel McCarville

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• WNBA Champion (2013)
• WNBA Player of the Week (2008 – 2)
• 2007 WNBA Most Improved Player
• First overall pick in 2005 WNBA Draft

2013:Returned to the WNBA following a two-year hiatus, starting 32 games in her first season with the Lynx and seventh overall… Averaged 6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and a career-high 2.9 apg, shooting 48.8% from the field and 80.4% from the FT line… Also sank six three-pointers at a 42.9% clip, going 5-for-9 in her final nine outings… Missed two contests (Aug. 8-11) after suffering a concussion Aug. 6 at San Antonio… Grabbed the 1000th rebound of her WNBA career Sept. 12 at Los Angeles… Hauled down a game- and season-high 10 rebounds Sept. 7 at Seattle, the first time she led Minnesota; the 10 defensive boards tied her career best… Collected a season-high-tying 12 points Sept. 4 vs. Los Angeles, one of seven double-figure scoring nights; the Lynx went 13-0 when she tallied 8+ points… Had three blocks Aug. 18 vs. New York, tying a season best (June 1 vs. Connecticut)… Dished a game-high seven assists Aug. 4 vs. Seattle, tying her career best set June 11, 2008 at Atlanta… It was one of three times she led the Lynx; she ranked 2nd among WNBA centers (behind Candace Parker) in assists… Logged a season-high 32:35 on July 21 at Phoenix; she snared nine rebounds July 13 at Tulsa, adding three steals...2010: Started in all 34 games… Scored 10-plus points 15 times and grabbed 10-plus rebounds 3 time… Led the team in points once and in rebounds 14 times… Registered a career high of 5 offensive, 10 defensive rebounds (2X) and 4 steals… 2009: Started in the 32 games she appeared in, missing two games due to an ankle sprain… Scored 10-plus points 15 times and 20-plus points four times… Grabbed five or more rebounds a team-high 19 times… Led the Liberty in scoring six times and rebounds a team-high 10 times… Ranked No. 8 in the WNBA in field goal percentage and No. 9 in blocks per game… 2008: Appeared in and started 31 games, missing three games due to injury… Led the team in scoring and rebounding nine times and assists four times… Posted double figures 24 times, recorded one double-double and pulled down five or more rebounds 18 times… Ranked 2nd in the WNBA for field goal percentage (.535)… Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the WNBA on June 16 and September 8… 2007: Appeared in 33 games with 23 starts, led the team in scoring 11 times… Named 2007 WNBA Most Improved Player… Ranked No. 1 field-goal shooter in the WNBA with a .546-percentage… Finished in five statistical categories of the League’s top 20 leaders, including scoring average, rebounds and free throw percentage… 2006: Saw action in 30 games in 2006 including three starts, averaging 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 14.0 minutes… Missed three games with inflammation in her back… In the final five games averaged 9.0 points on .500 (19-38) shooting along with 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists… Posted three games in double-figures and grabbed five or more rebounds on eight occasions… 2005: Saw action in 28 games in 2005, including three starts, averaging 1.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 11.1 minutes… Missed five games due to a lower back sprain.

2013:Appeared in all seven games, averaging 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game... Posted 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in Game 3 of the Finals as the Lynx won their second WNBA Championship...2008: Appeared in all six games, averaging team-high 13.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg … Netted Playoff career-high 21 points in Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 against Detroit… 2007: New York’s second leading scorer with 14.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg in the three-game series versus Detroit.

2012-13: Played with Canik Belediyesi in the TKBL (Turkey)… Appeared in 14 games, averaging 11.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 33.1 minutes per game… 2011-12: Played her second season with Familia Schio in the Italian league, appearing in 29 A1 league games and 18 EuroLeague games… Averaged 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in A1 League play… Averaged 8.6 points on 54.0% shooting in EuroLeague play… 2010-11: Spent her first season with Familia Schio in the Italian league, averaging 10.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in 29 A1 league games… Appeared in 13 EuroLeague games, averaging 9.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game… 2009-10: Played with Sparta&K MR in the Russian League, appearing in 13 Russian league games, averaging 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game… Appeared in all 16 EuroLeague games for Sparta&K, helping lead the team to the EuroLeague title… Averaged 11.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game… 2008-09: Appeared in 33 games for CSKA in the Russian League, averaging 8.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.9 minutes per game… 2007-08: Played nine EuroLeague games with Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia)… Averaged 16.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 34.1 minutes per game… 2006-07: Appeared in 10 EuroCup games with Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia)… Averaged 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 34.6 minutes per game.

Graduated averaging 14.6 ppg and 9.7 rpg, as the school’s career field goal percentage shooter (.580) and blocked shots leader (200)… Became the 10th Big Ten player to register more than 1,000 career points (1,835) and 1,000 career rebounds (1,217)… Earned Kodak All-American honors twice… Finalist for the 2005 Wooden Award, Naismith Award and Wade Trophy, named to the 2005 Associated Press All-America Second Team… Was selected as a member of the 2004 Final Four All-Tournament Team after setting an NCAA Tournament record with 75 rebounds… Honored with selections to the All-Big Ten First Team three times… Selected as the 2002 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the first Gopher to earn the award.


Daughter of Terry and the late Bonnie McCarville ... Has an older sister and three older brothers ... Nicknames are “J-Mac” and “Nelly” ... Majored in history ... Grew up on a farm in Steven Points, WI and did not play on a basketball team until eighth grade ... Favorite TV shows are The Simpsons and Family Guy ... Has a mini pinscher named Loki ... ... Plans to return to the farmlands of Wisconsin when her playing days are over ... If she could have a super power, it would be to fly or be invisible.

Career Transactions

Selected by Charlotte Sting as the first overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft on April 16, 2005… Selected by the Liberty third overall in the WNBA Dispersal Draft on January 8, 2007… Acquired from New York in a three-team trade on Mar. 1, 2013, along with a 2nd-round pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft from the Tulsa Shock, while sending Candice Wiggins to Tulsa…