MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed center Waltiea Rolle. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
We are excited to welcome Waltiea to the Lynx organization, said Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith. Waltiea was one of the top players in the ACC during her career with North Carolina and her list of collegiate achievements is impressive. She has also proven to be a key asset to her team in Bulgaria this season.
Rolle, 22, was originally selected by the Lynx in the third round (36th overall) of the 2013 WNBA Draft. A 6-6 center from the Bahamas, Rolle was the first player from the Bahamas to be drafted in league history. She currently plays overseas in the Womens Bulgaria League with Haskovo where she has played 16 games, averaging a league-best 23.7 points per game, including 13.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
Prior to being drafted by the Lynx in last years draft, Rolle averaged 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game her senior year with North Carolina, ranking second in the ACC in blocks per game. She was voted to the ACC All-Defensive team by coaches twice during her collegiate career. Rolle finished her four year career at North Carolina as the eighth-leading shot blocker in ACC history (262). As a senior, she ranked third in the ACC in offensive rebounds, while ranking second on the Tar Heels in points and third in rebounds.
The Lynx will kick off their 16th season in the WNBA on the road at Washington on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The 2014 home opener will be on Sunday, May 18 vs. Connecticut at 4 p.m., which will feature a historic ring ceremony and championship banner raising for the 2013 WNBA Champions. Full-season and half-season memberships are available by visiting www.lynxbasketball.com or by calling 612-673-8400.