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The Perth Lynx have signed two-time WNBA Champion Monica Wright as their second import player for the 2016/17 season.
Wright claimed championship rings while playing for the Minnesota Lynx in 2011 and 2013.
In 2010, she was selected second overall in the WNBA Draft.
The 27-year old now plays for WNBA side the Seattle Storm.
She’s excited to arrive in Perth.
“I have always loved Australia since I last played there. The WNBL is a great league for me because it’s very physical and Australian players are very skilled. I think it will make me a better player,” said Wright.
“I’ve heard from Australians playing in America that the Lynx are like a WNBA organisation with great facilities, they train during the day, and they’ve done a great job developing the program so far.
“Fans in Perth can expect to see plenty of athleticism and scoring from myself, and maybe something exciting they haven’t seen yet!”
Monica Wright stands at 178cm and has the athletic ability to play both as a guard or small forward.
Throughout her six years in the WNBA, Wright has averaged 7.5 points per game, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals.
“We wanted a perimeter player, having already signed Ruth Hamblin, Carley Mijovic and Nat Burton. Monica is familiar with this league and looks to be everything we wanted,” said Lynx coach Andy Stewart.
“She’s strong, but she’s capable of scoring off the dribble, knocking down the three. She’s going to be pretty tough for people to guard.
“We’ll be playing her as an all-rounder in the wing position, a real compliment to players like Sami Whitcomb and Toni Edmondson. I’m pretty excited about what she can do.”
Monica Wright was born in San Antonio, Texas.
Her family later moved to Virginia where she attended Forest Park High School and was ranked the number two guard in the USA.
She played college basketball at the University of Virginia and in her senior year was named National Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 23.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game.
Wright will join the Perth Lynx squad at the conclusion of the WNBA season.