The Lynx drafted Charde Houston with the 30th overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft. The six-foot forward played on Minnesota for four seasons.
After coming off the bench her first season with the team, Houston started 33 games for the Lynx in 2009. She averaged 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 23.3 minutes per game that year and made the WNBA All-Star game.
Houston was traded to the Phoenix Mercury before the 2012 season.
She played four seasons with the Lynx and was part of the 2011 championship team.
During her time with the Lynx, Houston was recognized for her leadership in the community. Her rookie season, she founded an organization aimed at helping educate and empower youth, and in 2011 she received the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award from the WNBA.
Houston played college basketball at the University of Connecticut and is one of 45 players to score more than 1,000 points as a member of the program.