Minnesota Lynx

Lynx Select Connecticut's Renee Montgomery with the Fourth Overall Pick of the 2009 WNBA Draft

April 9, 2009 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Minnesota Lynx News Release

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Lynx today selected Connecticut guard Renee Montgomery with the fourth overall pick of the 2009 WNBA Draft. Montgomery, a 2009 Wade Trophy finalist, joins the Lynx after leading Connecticut to the 2009 National Championship and a perfect 39-0 record.

Montgomery, a 5-7 point guard, helped guide Connecticut to its sixth National Championship and the fifth perfect season in NCAA history in 2009. During her storied career at Connecticut, Montgomery has been integral in leading the team to a 138-11 record that included two trips to the NCAA Women's Final Four, four NCAA Regionals, four Big East regular season titles and three Big East Tournament crowns. She also registered 147 career starts, 139 of which were consecutive - the most by any player in UConn program history and the most nationally.

Montgomery, a 2009 Associated Press All-American First Team member, leaves Connecticut as one of only three players in Connecticut history to tally 1,500 points and 500 assists in a career, and the only player in program history to rank in the top-10 in points (1,977), assists (626), steals (266) and three-pointers (251). The recipient of the 2009 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award and BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award, Montgomery finished her four-year career at Connecticut third all-time in assists (626), fourth all-time in three-pointers made (251) and sixth on the all-time scoring list (1,977 points).

The Charleston, WV native enjoyed a tremendous senior season at Connecticut, establishing career-highs in scoring (16.5 ppg), assists (5.1 apg), field-goal accuracy (.448 percent) and three-point accuracy (.381 percent). Montgomery's 99 made three-point shots in 2009 rank as the second highest single-season total in Connecticut history. For her efforts, Connecticut inducted Montgomery into its "Huskies of Honor" on Feb. 15, 2009, becoming the first "active" player and the 11th player overall to receive the honor. Montgomery was selected to her third straight All-Big East Team in 2009. Montgomery also took home the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

Montgomery joins former Connecticut teammate and 2008 Lynx draft pick Charde Houston on Minnesota's roster.

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