MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed guards Moriah Jefferson and Evina Westbrook. In addition, the team has re-signed forward Nikolina Milić, center Hannah Sjerven and guard Yvonne Turner to hardship contracts. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.
Jefferson, a 5-6 guard, is a five-year veteran who has split time with the Dallas Wings, the Las Vegas Aces and the San Antonio Stars. Most recently with Dallas, Jefferson appeared in their only regular season game on May 7 for four minutes. Last season, Jefferson saw action in 29 contests (28 starts), registering 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 17.2 minutes per game with the Wings. The University of Connecticut product was selected second overall by the San Antonio Stars in the 2016 WNBA Draft and has played in 110 career contests (77 starts), averaging 8.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Westbrook, a 6-0 guard, was drafted 21st overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2022 WNBA Draft and registered 18 points, five rebounds and three assists in the two preseason games she appeared. The Salem, Ore. native spent her final two college seasons at the University of Connecticut after a two-year stint with Tennessee. She closed out her career leading the Huskies to a pair of Final Four appearances, including the title game in 2022. She averaged 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals during the 2021-22 season.
Milić, a 6-3 forward, appeared in all three contests for Minnesota this season and contributed nine points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. She previously played for Hungarian club KSC Szekszárd this winter where in the domestic league she registered 17.6 points on 57.1% shooting, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game during the regular season across 13 games. During the EuroLeague regular season, she appeared in 10 games where she tallied 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.3 steals.
Sjerven, a 6-3 center from the University of South Dakota, was Minnesota’s 28th overall pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft. The Rogers, Minn. native saw action in both preseason games for Minnesota where she collected a total of 12 points, 10 rebounds and one assist.
Turner, a 5-10 guard, holds totals of 24 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists and two steals in three contests this season for Minnesota. In 2019, the University of Nebraska graduate saw action in 29 games (14 starts), averaging career bests of 6.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.3 apg in 20.5 mpg for the Phoenix Mercury.
An updated Lynx roster can be found here. Jefferson, Milić, Sjerven, Turner and Westbrook will all be available for tomorrow’s game against the Chicago Sky at Target Center. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. CT and will broadcast on Bally Sports North Extra and NBA TV.