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Storm Re-Signs Center Janell Burse


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April 14, 2008
SEATTLE
- Seattle Storm head coach and director of player personnel Brian Agler announced today the re-signing of 6-5 center Janell Burse. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Burse started 29 games for the Storm during the 2007 season, averaging 8.8 points, and 5.3 rebounds per game. She scored a season-high 21 points against Detroit on June 20, and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds on May 23 versus Phoenix. Her 16 rebounds in one half, and 11 rebounds pulled down in one quarter against the Mercury are WNBA records. Burse owns career averages of 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game over seven seasons split between Minnesota and Seattle.

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“We are very excited to have Janell return,” Agler said. “She is one of the more experienced centers in the WNBA, has been a starter for the Storm over the past three seasons and will continue to help our team tremendously.”

The former Tulane player was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round (28th overall selection) of the 2001 WNBA Draft. In April of 2004, the Storm acquired Burse along with Sheri Sam from the Lynx in exchange for forward Amanda Lassiter and the Storm’s first-round pick (sixth overall selection) in the 2004 WNBA Draft.