Wojta Stayed Ready In Case Lynx Called

Mark Remme
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Julie Wojta really impressed members of the Minnesota Lynx organization during training camp this spring, so much so that it wasnt an easy decision to let her go despite essentially having their 11-person roster set prior to camp.

Thats why when Wojta, the 18th overall pick in last Aprils WNBA Draft, left Minnesota after the teams final cuts, coach Cheryl Reeve let her know that if any unforeseen situations arose during the season she should be ready to return.

Coach Reeve told me when I left to be ready and expect a call, Wojta said. So I took that seriously like a job. I continued to work and obviously Im glad I did.

Wojta, a guard/forward, returned to the Lynx on Monday for the teams practice at LifeTime Fitness Training Center before the squad took an early afternoon flight to Tulsa. Shell be in uniform when the Lynx and Shock square off on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

Shes back with the Lynx on a seven-day contract, a roster move made because forward Rebekkah Brunson is expected to miss the next two games with a left calf sprain. Brunson, Jess Adair (right knee) and Devereaux Peters (broken left hand) are all currently injured, and per league rules a team can sign a 12th player if three roster spots are unavailable.

With the leagues month-long hiatus beginning after Thursdays game, Wojta is expected to remain with the team through the Olympic break even though she is signed to a week-long deal.

Returning due to a teammates injury isnt an ideal way to rejoin the team, but Wojta said shes still excited to be back and is equally happy that Minnesota decided to have her back in this situation.

Its just nice to know that I feel comfortable here and having those 2  weeks of practice earlier this year, and just fortunate that they liked what they saw and gave me a call, Wojta said.

The Lynx staff like Wojtas work ethic and her reputation for being a gamer while in college at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She led the Horizon League with 19.5 points and 3.8 steals per game as a senior. During two preseason games with the Lynx, she scored nine points and added nine rebounds.

Reeve said the teams familiarity with her game was a big draw for adding her to the squad.

Its great to have someone who is experienced in camp and gets us through some tough situations, Reeve said. I dont know how much shell play, but I know shell play hard when shes called upon.

Wojta spent her summer training with the UW-Green Bay womens basketball program. She continued her weight lifting regimen and participated in speed and agility drills to keep herself prepared.

Shes joining a Lynx squad that is coming off three straight losses and looking to end the first half of the season on a strong note. That means the teams two games against Tulsa this week are extra important. Wojta said the team isnt lacking confidence despite the recent losing streak.

Youre going to have that throughout the season, she said. Youre going to have adversity. Coming in I didnt know what to expect, but theyre really positive. They know what theyre capable of doing and all the talent they have on this team. The energy is still high, and you can tell it hasnt affected their confidence. They still know theyre a good basketball team.

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