The Minnesota Lynx selected Bashaara Graves from Tennessee with the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft.
Graves, a 6-foot-2 forward from Clarksville, Tenn., averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 33 contests for the Lady Vols this season. She connected on 54 percent of her attempts from the field and hit 74 percent at the free throw line. She registered eight double-doubles in her final season, finishing her career with 29 to place ninth on UT’s all-time list.
The product of Clarksville High School finished her collegiate career with 1,509 points and 1,044 rebounds, ranking 19th and third, respectively, in those categories at Tennessee. She is one of only five Lady Vols to finish her career with more than 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Additionally, Graves ranks fifth in career starts (128), seventh in career free throws made (405), ninth in career free throws attempted (566) and 10th in career rebounding average (7.5).
The first chance fans have to see Minnesota’s roster is the team’s preseason contest at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m. vs. the Washington Wizards. Tickets for the game are currently on sale through the Mayo Civic Center Box Office and on Lynxbasketball.com. Single-game tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Lynx at 612-637-8400 or by visiting lynxbasketball.com/tickets.
The Lynx will kick of their 18th season in the WNBA at home on Saturday, May 14 against the Phoenix Mercury at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. A limited number of lower level full-season memberships are currently available by visiting http://event.wolveslynx.com/membership or by calling 612-673-8400.[Minnesota Lynx press release]