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Minnesota Lynx Add Quanitra Hollingsworth, Rashanda McCants and Emily Fox in 2009 WNBA Draft

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


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Lynx today selected Virginia Commonwealth center Quanitra Hollingsworth with the ninth overall pick of the 2009 WNBA Draft. The Lynx also selected North Carolina forward Rashanda McCants with the 15th overall pick and University of Minnesota guard Emily Fox with the 30th overall selection.

Hollingsworth leaves the collegiate ranks after enjoying a storied career at VCU, one that left her near the top of many school career lists. The Chesapeake. Va., native stands as VCU's all-time leading rebounder (1,114) and is second in scoring (1,523). Hollingsworth, a three-time All-CAA performer, ended her VCU career after a great senior season, in which she averaged 14.2 ppg and 9.7 rpg. Hollingsworth finished fourth in the CAA in scoring, third in rebounding and second in field-goal accuracy (51.8 percent). Hollingsworth's accolades go well beyond the offensive end of the floor, as she was recognized as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.

Hollingsworth's collegiate career came to an end after she led VCU to a 26-7 record and a 2009 NCAA Tournament appearance. VCU entered as the #10 seed, and fell in the first round to Rutgers, 57-51. Hollingsworth, matching up against Rutgers' star center Kia Vaughn for much of the game, totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds in her final game as a Ram.

Hollingsworth enters the WNBA at just 20 years of age, having entered high school at the age of 11 and college at 15. The dynamic post put up her best numbers her freshman season, when she averaged 14.7 ppg and 11.1 rpg. For her efforts, the Women's Basketball News Service named Hollingsworth to its Freshman All-America Team.

McCants, the sister of former Minnesota Timberwolves' draft pick Rashad McCants, comes to the Lynx after putting up career averages of 11.2 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 140 collegiate games. The Asheville, N.C., native played in two Final Fours in her college career and was named second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference twice.

McCants, a six-foot-one forward, enjoyed a breakout season in nearly every statistical category her junior year, averaging 15.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.3 apg and 2.2 spg. McCants was named a 2009 State Farm Honorable Mention All-American and was a member of the All-ACC Academic Team.

Fox enters the WNBA after enjoying a storied career at the University of Minnesota. The five-foot-nine guard finished her Golden Gopher career ranked seventh in scoring (1,449 points), third in assists (413) and fourth in steals (242). The Highland Ranch, Colo., native was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, including a First Team selection in 2008.

Fox is the 18th player in Minnesota history to score over 1,000 career points (ended with 1,449) and just the seventh player in Minnesota history to record over 100 three-pointers (finished with 112). Fox also notched the third-best free throw shooting percentage (78.1 percent) in Gopher history during her career.


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