Lynx waive forward Jillian Alleyne and guard Kenisha Bell
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has acquired forward Stephanie Talbot from the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for its second-round pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. In corresponding moves, the Lynx have waived forward Jillian Alleyne and guard Kenisha Bell.
Talbot, 24, spent the past two seasons with Phoenix, a stay highlighted by a trip to the WNBA Semifinals vs. Seattle in 2018. Last summer, she appeared in 31 regular season games (eight starts), averaging 3.7 points (shooting 46.4% from the field and 38.6% from three-point range), 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.6 minutes per game. She scored a career-high 18 points in the Aug. 19 finale vs. New York, one of three double-figure efforts, and handed out a career-high six assists vs. Washington on Aug. 7.
Talbot closed the season with a flourish, averaging 8.2 points (49.1%), 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.00 steals per contest over her final 10, logging 28.5 minutes per game. She started all four postseason games for Phoenix, netting 6.3 points (47.4%), 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.00 steals in 27.0 minutes per outing, highlighted by an 11-point, 11-rebound performance in the Aug. 21 victory over Dallas.
A native of Katherine, Australia, Talbot was selected by the Mercury in the third round (33rd overall) of the 2014 Draft and started her WNBA career in 2017. In her debut season, she became the 11th rookie in team history to earn at least 20 starts, finishing with 24. The 6-2 forward finished second among WNBA rookies in field goal percentage (41.5%) while finishing third among all rookies in steals per game (0.7), fourth in rebounding (2.7 rpg), fourth in minutes per game (17.9) and ninth in scoring (4.4 ppg).
A mainstay in the Australian National Team program since 2009, Talbot competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and most recently helped the Opals win the silver medal at the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Tenerife, Spain. She also earned a bronze medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Lithuania.
Alleyne saw action in both Minnesota preseason games. In 6.5 minutes per game, she averaged 2.5 ppg 1.5 rpg and 1.0 apg. The 6-3 forward from Fontana, Calif., was drafted by Phoenix in the second round (20th overall) of the 2016 WNBA Draft and most recently signed with Minnesota on February 21.
Bell averaged 1.0 point per game after appearing in two preseason games with the Lynx. She was originally selected 30th overall by Minnesota in this year’s WNBA Draft. Bell finished her senior season at the University of Minnesota ranked fifth in team history in scoring average (18.1), seventh in assists (371), eight in free throw percentage (75.1%) and ninth in free throw attempts (438).
The Lynx will kick off their 21st WNBA season, presented by Mayo Clinic, by welcoming the Chicago Sky to Target Center on Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. The 2019 campaign includes 34 regular season games and runs through Sept. 8. Full season memberships and single-game tickets are now available by visiting lynx.wnba.com/tickets/ or calling 612-673-8400.