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Lynx Sign Spanish Star Anna Montañana

July 26, 2009 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Minnesota Lynx News Release

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Lynx today announced that they have signed Spanish international star Anna Montañana (Forward, 6'1", born Oct. 24, 1980). In a related roster move, the Lynx today also announced that they have waived forward LaToya Pringle.

Montañana, a native of Valencia, Spain, has enjoyed a lengthy and storied international and overseas career that has included appearances in the EuroBasket (2005, 2007, 2009), EuroLeague (2006-09), World Championships (2006) and the Olympics (2008). The international veteran most recently participated in the EuroBasket tournament with Spain, averaging 16.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.8 apg in nine contests. Montañana finished the tournament third in scoring, sixth in field-goal accuracy (.485 percent) and eighth in steals (1.9 spg).

"We're very happy to have signed Anna," said Roger Griffith, Lynx Executive Vice President. "She has played at a high level for a number of years on the international level and we're excited to see what she can do in the WNBA. She's a player that will add some rebounding and toughness to our team and will provide us with excellent depth at the small forward position. LaToya was a true professional throughout her time with us, and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors."

In six games at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Montañana averaged 14.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in leading Spain to the quarterfinals. She finished the competition seventh among all players in scoring, sixth in field-goal accuracy (.500 percent) and 16th in three-point shooting (.400 percent). Montañana scored 10 points and hauled in four rebounds versus the United States.

Montañana has competed in the EuroLeague the past four years, two of those with Halcon Avenida (2007, 2008) and the other two with Spanish power Ros Casares (2006, 2009). Montañana was a teammate of Candice Wiggins this past season with the Valencia-based Ros Casares squad, and led the team to a 25-1 record and the Liga Femenina League Championship.

Prior to her career on the world stage, Montañana came over from Spain to play four years at George Washington University, where she averaged 11.1 ppg in 119 collegiate games. Montañana averaged a team-leading 16.7 ppg her senior season en route to earning All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors.

Montañana went undrafted in 2005, but was later signed as an undrafted free agent by the Connecticut Sun on April 19, 2005, who then waived her on May 16, 2005.

Pringle departs the Lynx after averaging 2.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 0.8 bpg in 17 contests in 2009. Originally selected 13th overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft by Phoenix, Minnesota acquired the six-foot-three post player along with Kelly Miller from the Mercury on January 30, 2009 in exchange for Nicole Ohlde. In 46 career WNBA games, Pringle holds averages of 3.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.2 bpg.

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