The Minnesota Lynx today announced that the team has re-signed center Jessica Adair. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Adair played a key role in Minnesota's championship run last year, appearing in 31 regular season games averaging 4.3 points, 2.9 rebounds while shooting .485 percent from the floor. The 6-4 center scored in double-figures twice, including a 10-point, 13-rebound performance Sept. 11 at Phoenix. Minnesota went 16-1 when she logged double-digit minutes. Adair upped her averages to 5.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game in eight playoff contests in 2011.
"We all saw the growth in Jessica's game as the season progressed last year," said Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith. "She provided great energy off the bench and made tremendous strides in becoming an integral piece to our championship season. We're looking forward to watching her continued development and we believe the best is yet to come for her."
Adair appeared in the final 2010 regular-season game for Minnesota, totaling five points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes in an 83-79 Lynx win at Indiana. Adair spent the majority of the 2010 training camp with the Lynx, playing in one preseason game, before she was released.
A graduate of George Washington University, Adair was originally drafted by the Phoenix Mercury with the 34th overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft. A Washington, D.C. native, Adair averaged 12.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game over her four-year career at George Washington.
The Lynx, who own the No. 3 pick in the upcoming 2012 WNBA Draft, will kick off their title defense with the team's Home Opener on Sunday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Target Center against the Phoenix Mercury on ABC. Lower-level tickets are available for as little as $10 a game for the 17-game home season and can be purchased by calling 612-673-8400 or visiting the Lynx website at www.lynxbasketball.com.
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