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2004:
Averaged 4.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.24 bpg and 17.7 mpg in 29 games…Missed five games due to right hip bursitis …Scored in double-figures in three games (12 vs. Los Angeles on 5/22, 12 at New York on 6/15 and 10 at Indiana on 9/13)…Co-led the team in rebounds with nine at Los Angeles on 6/1…2004 PLAYOFFS: Averaged 3.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.25 bpg and 13.6 mpg in eight game…A member of the 2004 WNBA Champion Storm.

2003 WNBA SEASON:
Enjoyed a strong finish to her third season with the Lynx, posting career highs in scoring, rebounding and field-goal accuracy...Started the final 14 games (with Minnesota going 7-7); she averaged 11.9 ppg (on 51.6% shooting), 6.2 rpg and 1.64 bpg while logging 23.0 mpg as a starter...The Lynx won both of her starts a year ago...Reached double figures in 10 of her last 13 outings (11 times overall); she was also Minnesota's leading rebounder five times as a starter...Blocked two shots Aug. 4 vs. Phoenix, pushing her past Lynn Pride atop the Lynx' all-time list; she ranked 13th in the WNBA in blocked shots (0.97 bpg); her 28 blocks was the second-highest single-season total in team history...Tallied a game-high 20 points with a career-high 12 rebounds and four blocks Aug. 2 vs. Seattle, the first point/rebound double-double of her career...Blocked a club-record five shots in a career-high 34 minutes July 26 at Indiana; she shared the previous block mark (four) with Kristin Folkl, Kate Paye and Pride...Netted a career-high 21 points and swiped a career-high four steals July 25 vs. San Antonio; she's one of eight players in Lynx history (and the first center) to record a 20-point game (Tonya Edwards, Reed, Folkl, Smith, Lennox, Abrosimova, Sam)...Had 13 points (in 15 minutes) June 12 at Sacramento...Re-signed on May 11, having finished her season with Diosgyori Kosarlabda Sport in Hungary...Among the team's all-time leaders in the following: FG% (43.0%, fifth), FT (90, fifth), FT% (71.4%, fourth), offensive rebounds (92, fourth), blocks (56, first) and games (80, third).

WNBA CAREER HISTORY:
Minnesota's all-time leader with 56 blocked shots...2002: Averaged 2.7 ppg and 1.9 rpg in 11.1 mpg...Appeared in a team-high 31 games (tie) with two starts...With 13 blocked shots in 2002, moved into a fifth-place tie on the Lynx all-time career list with 28...Had six points (2-for-3 FG, 2-for-2 FT), two rebounds and a block in 15 minutes Aug. 2 vs. Charlotte...Had a season-high 10 points with five rebounds July 19 vs. Miami, her second career double-digit effort...Hit 52.2% (12-for-23) from the floor over her last seven games, after a nine-game slump at 26.1% (6-for-23)...Logged 13.1 mpg in her last 12 outings; had totaled 42 minutes in the previous seven games...Tallied nine points (4-for-8 FG, 1-for-2 FT) and four rebounds Aug. 13 at Houston...Added eight points and three blocks in a career-high 24 minutes June 18 at Portland...Matched her career high with six rebounds June 11 vs. Sacramento...Recorded her only DNP-CD (did not play - coach's decision) at Charlotte on July 13...2001: Averaged 2.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 8.4 mpg...Scored a season-high 12 points with a season-high six rebounds and club-record-tying four blocks Aug. 5 vs. Sacramento...Also had four blocks Aug. 7 at Sacramento; she shares the franchise record with Kristin Folkl, Kate Paye and Lynn Pride...Tied for third on the team with 15 blocked shots despite playing in only 20 games...Tied for fifth among rookies in blocks (0.75 bpg)...Tallied 10 points and a team-high five rebounds Aug. 3 vs. Charlotte...Netted six points and five rebounds June 2 vs. Phoenix...Only Lynx player to not draw a starting assignment in 2001...The second Tulane player to be drafted by Minnesota in as many years, following Grace Daley (first round, fifth overall) in 2000.

IN THE PLAYOFFS:
2003: Started in all three Lynx playoff games...Averaged 5.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg 14.0 mpg...Posted a playoff career-high six rebounds in Game 1 vs. Los Angeles on August 28.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
2002-03: Played in Russia for Dynamo ... Appeared in eight games of the FIBA Europe Cup for Women and averaged 12.6 ppg and 8.5 rpg ... Shot 45.5% (41-for-90) from the field ... Also played in Hungary for Diosgyori Kosarlabda Sport Club ... Her team won the bronze medal in the Hungarian Cup ... 2001-02: Played in Italy for Termomeccanica La Spezia ... Averaged 15.6 ppg (61.3%, 57-for-93) and 8.8 rpg in 10 Ronchetti Cup 2002 contests.

COLLEGE:
Named to the All-Conference USA First Team in 2000 and 2001 ... Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001 ... Finished her collegiate career as Conference USA's and Tulane's all-time blocked shots leader (248) ... Scored in double figures in 58 of her final 62 games ... Tallied 20+ points 27 times during her final two seasons ... Finished with 31 double-doubles in her career ... The only player in the nation to rank among the NCAA statistical leaders in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage as a junior and senior ... Averaged 14.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg in her four-year career ... A member of Tulane's All-Quarter Century Team ... 2000-01: Selected as an Associated Press All-America honorable mention and an All-America Fourth Team honoree by Women's Basketball Journal ... Averaged 18.8 ppg and 10.7 rpg in 32 contests (all starts) ... Established a single-game school and Conference USA record with 10 blocks vs. Memphis (2/16/01) ... Blocked at least one shot in 30 of 32 games ... Led the conference in field goal percentage (59.6%), blocks (2.10 bpg) and offensive rebounds (4.75 pg) ... Scored a season-high 36 points (15-for-23 FG) vs. Houston (1/14/01) ... Grabbed a season-high 19 boards along with 24 points at LSU (12/10/00) ... Recorded 17 double-doubles ... Named to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team ... 1999-00: Started all 32 games and averaged 18.9 ppg and 9.8 rpg ... Blocked 80 shots, which was more than the team totals of eight Conference USA teams ... Scored a career-high 39 points vs. DePaul (2/3/00) ... Set a rebounding career high with 21 at Memphis (2/19/00) ... Named the MVP of the 2000 Conference USA Tournament ... 1998-99: Earned Conference USA's Sixth Player of the Year Award ... A Conference USA Third Team selection ... Averaged 10.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg ... 1997-98: Appeared in 22 games and registered 28 blocks in only 186 minutes as a freshman.


Personal

  • Daughter of Jimmie and Esther Burse
  • Has one sister, DeAllen
  • Her hobbies include styling hair, shopping and playing computer games
  • Has two dogs: Scoobie and Puffy
  • Lists her favorite color as pink
  • Lists her parents as her role models
  • Worked as a weight room attendant at Tulane's rec center
  • Says if she wasn't a basketball player, she would be a member of Destiny's Child
  • Once had aspirations to become a nun
  • Her favorite movie is What's Love Got to Do With It?
  • Favorite actress is Angela Bassett
  • Wears a size 12 shoe
  • Her pregame ritual is praying during the National Anthem
  • Lists Tina Thompson as the person she would most like to play one-on-one
  • Janell Burse: Ready to Contribute
  • Twenty Questions With Janell Burse
  • The Janell Burse File

  • Career Transactions

    Selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round (28th overall) of the 2001 WNBA Draft, April 20, 2001. ... Traded by the Lynx along with Sheri Sam to the Seattle Storm for Amanda Lassiter and a first-round pick (sixth overall) in the 2004 WNBA Draft, April 15, 2004.

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