SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm today announced that the franchise has acquired guard Monica Wright from the Minnesota Lynx. In exchange, the Lynx will receive guard Renee Montgomery and the Storm’s 2016 WNBA Draft second-round selection.
“We took advantage of this unique opportunity to bring in a player with great athleticism and significant championship experience,” said Storm President and GM Alisha Valavanis. “ We look forward to Monica’s contributions to the future of the Seattle Storm.”
The six-year veteran was a vital piece off the bench for the Lynx during their 2013 WNBA Championship run, averaging 9.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game that season. She holds career averages of 7.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. She holds a career-high of 32 points (vs. Phoenix, 6/1/10), nine rebounds (at Indiana, 7/11/13) and seven assists (most recently vs. Atlanta, 7/22/14). She finished second in 2013 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year voting.
Wright underwent an arthroscopy on her right knee on July 16 in Minnesota, and is sidelined indefinitely. She played in seven games for the Lynx this season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.1 assists per game. She missed the first five games due to a strained right calf. Despite her recent injury challenges, Wright has played in 161 of Minnesota’s 185 regular-season games dating back to the start of the 2010 season.
Wright was drafted second overall by Minnesota in the 2010 WNBA Draft.
A 2010 graduate of Virginia, Wright was a three-time AP All-America selection (2008-10), and was named the 2010 ACC Player of the Year and 2007 ACC Rookie of the Year. She finished her career third all-time on the ACC scoring list and was the first Cavalier to be named ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2010).
“We are grateful to Renee for her contributions to the Storm during her time in Seattle,” said Valavanis. “We wish her the best with the Lynx.”
Montgomery, acquired by Seattle from Connecticut on Jan. 28, 2015, has averaged 7.1 points and 3.2 assists per game this season, leading the team in scoring on three occasions. The 5-7 guard was the 2012 Sixth Woman of the Year.
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has acquired guard Renee Montgomery and Seattle’s 2016 second round draft pick in exchange for guard Monica Wright.
Montgomery, originally drafted by the Minnesota Lynx with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, comes to the Lynx with career averages of 10.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game. The 5-7 guard has played in 17 games for the Storm this season, including two starts, averaging 7.1 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game.
During her one season in Minnesota, Montgomery was named to the 2009 adidas All-Rookie Team and averaged 9.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. She was traded to the Connecticut Sun in 2010 along with the first pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, as part of the trade that brought current Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen and the second overall pick in that draft to Minnesota. Montgomery spent five seasons with the Sun before she was acquired by Seattle on Jan. 28, 2015 from Connecticut with the third and 15th picks in the 2015 WNBA Draft for Shekinna Stricklen and Camille Little.
The West Virginia native has appeared in seven career playoff games, including two starts, with Connecticut in 2011 and 2012, averaging 8.6 points, 3.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game. Montgomery was named to the 2011 Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve and went on to be named the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year in 2012 after averaging 11.8 points in 34 games off the bench.
Prior to the WNBA, Montgomery attended the University of Connecticut and led the Huskies to a 138-11 record in her four-year collegiate career that included two trips to the NCAA Women’s Final Four, four NCAA Regionals, four BIG EAST regular season titles and three BIG EAST Tournament crowns.
Wright, originally drafted by Minnesota with the second overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, holds career averages of 7.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 161 games. In seven games this season, the 5-10 guard averaged 2.1 points, 1.1 assists and 0.9 rebounds.