Minnesota Lynx Finalize 2019 Roster

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today set their 12-player Opening Night roster by placing center Temi Fagbenle on the team’s temporary suspended list. Minnesota begins its 21st WNBA season presented by Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine on Saturday, May 25 vs. Chicago at Target Center, with tipoff slated for 7:00 p.m.

The Opening Night dozen returns three players from the 2018 roster: Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and Danielle Robinson. The roster also features Damiris Dantas, who was selected by the Lynx in the 2012 Draft and traded to Atlanta in 2015 as part of a three-team deal that saw Minnesota acquire Fowles from Chicago. In three seasons with the Dream, she averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

The 2019 roster features a plethora of new faces highlighted by offseason acquisitions Lexie Brown, Karima Christmas-Kelly and Odyssey Sims. Brown arrived in a draft-night trade with Connecticut and shined in the Lynx’ final preseason game at Las Vegas when she collected 10 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Christmas-Kelly, who signed as a free agent on Feb. 1, was a WNBA champion with Indiana in 2012 and joins the Lynx after spending the previous three seasons in Dallas. In her best season to date, Christmas-Kelly averaged 12.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the Wings in 2016. Sims comes to the Lynx after being acquired via trade on April 22. The Irving, TX native spent the past two seasons with Los Angeles, a stay highlighted by a trip to the WNBA Finals vs. Minnesota in 2017. In 2018, she appeared in all 34 games (24 starts), averaging 8.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.

Joining the veteran acquisitions are rookies Napheesa Collier (1st round, 6th overall), Jessica Shepard (2nd round, 16th overall) and Shao Ting (signed as a free agent), marking the first time since 2014 (Dantas, Tricia Liston, Asia Taylor) that Minnesota’s Opening Night roster will feature a trio of rookies. Newly acquired center Alaina Coates and forward Stephanie Talbot are set to make their Lynx debut on Saturday. Coates appeared in 32 games as a rookie for Chicago in 2018, averaging 3.4 points (on 56.8% shooting) and 3.2 rebounds per contest. Talbot began her WNBA career in 2017 with Phoenix. Last summer, she saw action in 31 games, averaging 3.7 points (on 46.4% shooting), 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. 


No.      Player                            Pos.      Ht.        Wt.         Birthdate            College / From               Exp
  0       Karima Christmas-Kelly      F          6-0        209         09/11/1989          Duke / USA                        8
  1       Odyssey Sims                  G          5-8        163         07/13/1992          Baylor / USA                      5
  3       Danielle Robinson             G          5-9        136         05/10/1989          Oklahoma / USA                 7
  4       Lexie Brown                     G          5-9        158         10/27/1994          Duke / USA                        1
  7       Shao Ting                        F          6-1        170         12/10/1989          China                               R
  8       Stephanie Talbot               F          6-2        175         06/15/1994          Australia                            2
10       Jessica Shepard               F          6-3        198         09/11/1996          Notre Dame / USA              R
14       Temi Fagbenle*                C          6-4        179         09/08/1992          USC / USA                         2
20       Kelsey Griffin^                  F          6-2        179         07/02/1987          Nebraska / USA                  5
23       Maya Moore^                   F          6-0        175         06/11/1989          Connecticut / USA               8
24       Napheesa Collier              F          6-1        182         09/23/1996          Connecticut / USA              R
33       Seimone Augustus            G          6-0        172         04/30/1984          Louisiana State / USA         13
34       Sylvia Fowles                   C          6-6        227         10/06/1985          Louisiana State / USA         11
81       Alaina Coates                   C          6-4        225         04/07/1995          South Carolina / USA           1
92       Damiris Dantas                 F          6-3        206         11/17/1992          Brazil                                4

*Fagbenle will begin the 2019 season on the Temporary Suspended List

^Griffin and Moore have been placed on the Full Season Suspended List

Minnesota Lynx Pronunciation Guide

Karima Christmas-Kelly Kuh-REE-muh
Napheesa Collier Nuh-FEE-suh
Damiris Dantas Duh-MEER-iss DAHN-tahs
Temi Fagbenle Fag-BEN-lay
Sylvia Fowles FOULS
Shao Ting Rhymes with “Now”

Head Coach/General Manager: Cheryl Reeve (La Salle)

Assistant Coaches: Shelley Patterson (Washington State), Walt Hopkins (Nevada), Plenette Pierson (Texas Tech)

Athletic Trainers: Chuck Barta (Wisconsin-La Crosse), Kate Taber (Iowa)

Assistant General Manager: Clare Duwelius (Wayne State)

Video Coordinator: Will Dunn (St. Thomas)