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Monica Wright #22 Guard

Monica Wright

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Notable
• WNBA Champion (2013, 2011)
• WNBA All-Rookie selection (2010)
• Second overall pick in 2011 WNBA Draft

2013:Finished her fourth year in the WNBA by playing in 33 games, including three starts… The Aug. 18 contest vs. New York was the first she's missed due to injury (right quadriceps contusion) in her Lynx career… Averaged 9.0 ppg as well as career highs in rebounding (2.9 rpg), assists (2.3 apg) and steals (1.03 spg) while logging 22.5 mpg… Shot 42.8% from the field and 79.1% from the FT line, but dipped to a career-low 25.6% from long distance… Reached double figures on 13 occasions, with Minnesota going 11-2 in those; she also led the Lynx in assists six times… Tallied 10.0 ppg (on 50.0% shooting) in her final five road contests, compared with 5.6 ppg (34.2%) in her last seven at Target Center… Led the Lynx with six rebounds and a career-high seven assists Aug. 31 vs. Seattle… Swiped three steals on four occasions, most recently Aug. 4 vs. Seattle… Scored the 1000th point of her career July 24 vs. Phoenix… Pulled in a career-high nine rebounds (in a career-best 39:13) July 11 at Indiana… Started three straight games (July 9-13), scoring 22 points twice (July 9 vs. Atlanta, July 11 at Indiana) to run her career total to seven 20+ outings (five in 2010)… Added 16 points and six rebounds June 11 vs. San Antonio...2012: Saw action in all 34 games for the Lynx this summer, her third WNBA campaign… Averaged 8.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg in 19.4 mpg, and established career highs in assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.03 spg)… Shot a career-best 45.8% from the floor (ranking 21st in the league), 36.4% from three-point distance and 74.0% from the FT line… Started seven times, most recently in the Sept. 14 victory at Indiana; she averaged 9.9 ppg (52.9%), 3.7 rpg and 2.9 apg as a starter (28.4 mpg), with the Lynx going 6-1… Netted a team- and season-high 19 points Sept. 20 at Los Angeles, the second time she was Minnesota's top scorer; the 9-for-12 effort from the FT line represents career highs in both categories… The Sept. 9 outing at San Antonio was one of 13 double-digit efforts on the year (first since Aug. 21 at Seattle)… Shot just 3-for-34 from the floor in her last five Target Center stints; on the flipside, she hit 55.1% (43-for-78) over the last 12 on the road… Posted season bests with five assists and three steals July 10 at Tulsa… Saw her run of consecutive made FTs halted at 28 on July 1… Tallied 18 points (logging a career-high 34:34) June 9 at Tulsa, and led the Lynx with five assists May 20 vs. Phoenix... 2011: Concluded her second year in the WNBA by appearing in 29 games off the bench, missing five (July 29-Aug. 7) due to personal reasons... Logged 13.6 mpg, chipping in 5.1 ppg and 1.6 rpg while shooting 37.9% from the field and 75.0% from the FT line... Led Minnesota with a season-high 15 points and a career-high six assists Sept. 11 at Phoenix, one of five double-digit scoring efforts on the year... Played a season-high 26:05 in that contest; the Lynx went 15-2 when she logged 13+ minutes... Averaged 6.8 ppg (40.0%) and 1.00 spg in 17.5 mpg over the final 13 games, she also attempted 32 free throws in that stretch (5.9 per 40 minutes)... Scored 11 of her 13 points in the 4th quarter at Tulsa on Aug. 23... Matched a career-best with four steals Aug. 14 vs. Tulsa... Handed out three assists June 30 at Tulsa, and scored 11 points June 5 vs. Los Angeles. 2010: Concluded her first summer in Minnesota by being named to the WNBA's All-Rookie Team... Appeared in all 34 games, starting 24 (the first six and last 18 contests), and averaged 11.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.00 spg while logging 25.5 mpg... Ranked 2nd among rookie scorers, 3rd in rebounds and 3rd in assists (1.5 apg), while leading all first-year players in both three-point accuracy (34.0%) and FT accuracy (81.9%)... Shot 37.0% from the floor, but increased that to 45.4% (74-for-163) -- along with 13.7 ppg -- over the final 14 contests... Also connected on 19 of 45 (42.2%) from beyond the arc after the All-Star Break, after hitting just 26.5% through mid-July... Led the Lynx in scoring on five occasions, with 19 double-figure nights (including five 20+ efforts)... Three of the 20-point outings were against Phoenix; she tallied 22.5 ppg (on 54.1% shooting) in four games vs. the Mercury... Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds twice (Aug. 17 at Seattle, Aug. 22 at Indiana), and swiped a season-high four steals (while tying her season best with four assists) July 17 vs. Seattle... Her 32-point effort June 1 vs. Phoenix is the 3rd-highest total in WNBA history for a reserve... She joins Seimone Augustus (13 times), Katie Smith (12) and Betty Lennox (once) as the only players in Lynx history to score 30+; her six 3-pointers vs. Phoenix were one short of Smith's franchise record.

Playoffs
2013:Appeared off the bench in all seven postseason contests as the Lynx won the 2013 WNBA Championship... Averaged 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game...2012: Appeared in all nine playoff games for the Lynx, averaging 5.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game… Scored eight points against Los Angeles in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, including knocking down the eventual game-winning three-pointer with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 80-79 win… 2011: Appeared off the bench in all eight postseason contests as the Lynx won the 2011 WNBA Championship… Averaged 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds per game.

International
Named to 2010 US Women's Select Team... Participated in 2010 fall training session with US National Team... Captain of the 2007 U19 World Championship Team, compiling a 9-0 record and the gold medal... Member of the 2005 USA Youth Development Festival White Team, earning a silver medal.

Overseas
2012-13: Played with the Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL (Australia)… Averaged 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per game for the Rangers… 2011-12: Led the TKBL in scoring this winter, averaging 20.3 ppg (on 42.2% shooting) and 4.6 rpg in 26 games for Botas… Also scored 16.1 ppg (41.5%) with 4.6 rpg in 12 EuroCup outings… 2010-11: Spent her winter in Poland playing for Lotos Gdynia... In 34 games in the Polish League, averaged 15.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the floor... Played in 10 EuroLeague contests, averaging 17.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor... Earned a trip to the EuroLeague All-Star Game as part of the "Rest of the World" team.

College
Three-time (2008-2010) Associated Press All-America selection... 2010 ACC Player of the Year... Three-time All-ACC performer... Supplanted Dawn Staley on Jan. 11, 2010 as the school's all-time scoring leader (2,540)... Third on ACC's all-time scoring list... Averaged 19.1 ppg throughout her career... Holds top two single-season scoring marks in Cavalier history (2010 - 734; 2009 - 696)... Increased her scoring average each season over her four-year career, leading the ACC in scoring in 2009-10 with an average of 23.7 ppg, good for seventh nationally... In 2010, joined Dawn Staley as only UVA player with 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 350 steals and 300 assists... First Cavalier to be named ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2010)... Also named WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year her senior season... Led ACC in steals per game (3.8) in 2010, which ranked second in the nation... Swiped a career-high and school-record 10 steals on Dec. 29, 2009 vs. Liberty... 2008 ACC All-Defensive Team member... A finalist for the Wade Trophy in 2009, and the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award in 2009 and 2010... In 2008, set the school's sophomore single-season scoring record (598 points)... ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC All-Freshman Team member in 2007.

Personal

Born July 15, 1988, in San Antonio, Tex. ... Full name is Monica Ashante Wright... Daughter of Garry and Lynette Wright... Has an older brother Gerard... Volunteers at church basketball camps... A Boys & Girls Club camp counselor... Logged more than 100 hours of community service in a school year... A sociology major at Virginia... Attended Forest Park High School in Dale City, Va. ... Averaged 22.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.0 steals per game her senior year... A McDonald's, USA Today, WBCA and Street & Smith's All-American... The Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year and Associated Press Group AAA Player of the Year in 2006... Ranked the No. 2 guard and No. 11 player overall in the nation coming out of high school... Hopes to attend law school.

Career Transactions

Drafted by Minnesota in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 2010 WNBA Draft... Signed on April 14, 2010.