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G | 5-7, 143 lbs
2016 season: 34 games, 2 starts, 7.5 PPG, 2.8 APG, 0.9 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 39.7 FG%, 32.1 3P%, 82.8 FT%
In 2016, Renee Montgomery concluded her eighth season in the WNBA and her third season with the Minnesota Lynx.
Coming out of the University of Connecticut in 2009, Montgomery was selected by the Lynx with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft. In 2010, she was traded to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Lindsay Whalen.
Montgomery spent five seasons with the Sun and began the 2015 season with the Seattle Storm before being traded back to Minnesota during that year to make her return to the Lynx and become reunited with fellow UCONN alum Maya Moore.
During her career in Minnesota, Montgomery has made two straight WNBA Finals appearances, including winning a WNBA Championship in 2015.
In 2016, Montgomery ranked seventh among Lynx players in minutes played (19.3), fifth in points (7.5), third in assists (2.8), third in steals (1.0), fifth in three-point percentage (32.1 percent) and seventh in free throw percentage (82.8 percent).
Last season, Montgomery saw improvement in nearly every offensive category for Minnesota. She shot 39.7 percent from the field, which was 2.5 percent better than last year and the highest percentage since 2011. Montgomery also shot 1.1 percent better from behind the arc, 6.9 percent better from the free throw line and averaged 1.1 points more than she did the season prior.
Montgomery, a 30-year-old West Virginia native, is set to begin her ninth season when the WNBA season kicks off in 2017.
Top Three Games Of The Season
3.) June 19 at Seattle Storm
In the 96-84 win over the Seattle Storm at KeyArena, Montgomery finished with six points and a season-high 10 assists. Montgomery shot 3-for-8 from the field in 23-plus minutes off the bench.
2.) May 18 at Chicago Sky
In the 97-80 win over the Chicago Sky at Allstate Arena, Montgomery had 15 points, three assists and finished with one of her best defensive efforts of the season, tallying five assists and one block. She shot 6-for-13 from the field and went 3-for-6 from behind the arc in the game.
1.) June 7 vs. Phoenix Mercury
In Minnesota’s 89-81 win over the Phoenix Mercury at Target Center, Montgomery reached a season-high 18 points and dished out four assists. She shot 4-for-10 from the field and went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in 22-plus minutes.
Montgomery is spending her offseason playing overseas in Poland with Basket 90 Gdynia.
In six games this offseason, she is averaging 19.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals in 33.7 minutes per game. She is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from three and 82.6 percent from the free throw line.
Montgomery has spent previous offseasons in Lithuania, Israel, Russia and Australia.
Role For 2017?
In 2016, Montgomery was Minnesota’s primary players coming off the bench, along with Lynx guard Jia Perkins.
Based off of minutes per game, Montgomery’s 19.3 minutes a game ranked second among Lynx players last season, trailing only Perkins (20.7). Among those bench players, her 7.5 points per game ranked first.
Expect Montgomery to continue to be a spark off the bench when the Lynx begin the 2017 season at 6 p.m. May 14 against the Chicago Sky at Xcel Energy Center.
They Said It…
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to let Renee be a part of this again,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said after Minnesota announced the acquisition of Montgomery in 2015. “She’s older, wiser, has seen a lot since she went away and I think she’s in position, from a skillset standpoint to really help our team.”