Flashback Friday | Janel McCarville

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate


In today’s Flashback Friday, we take a look back at Janel McCarville’s basketball career in Minnesota.

A Wisconsin native, McCarville made her first appearance in Minnesota in 2001 with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

During her four-year collegiate career, McCarville averaged 14.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. McCarville, along with then fellow Gophers teammate Lindsay Whalen, helped turn a Minnesota program around from being at the bottom of the Big Ten Conference to appearing in the NCAA Final Four in 2004.

After being drafted by the Charlotte Sting with the first overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft, McCarville spent two season with the Sting and four with the New York Liberty before making a return to Minnesota to join the Lynx and become reunited with Whalen.

McCarville concluded her third season with the Lynx in 2016 at the age of 34. She has averaged 5.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.9 steals per game during her three year span with Minnesota.

McCarville is set to begin her 10th WNBA season in 2017. The Lynx kick off the season at 6 p.m. May 14 against the Chicago Sky at Xcel Energy Center.

Next week, we will take a look at Lynx guard Renee Montgomery beginning with a roster review on Monday.