LYNX GIVE FAGBENLE WNBA OPENING

Temi Fagbenle is set to become the second Brit to play in the WNBA after being confirmed on the Minnesota Lynx’s opening night roster.

With the new campaign starting on Sunday, the Great Britain forward beat the final round of roster cuts by head coach Cheryl Reeve.

The 2012 Olympian, originally drafted in the third round last year, will follow in the footsteps of Andrea Congreaves who played for both the now-defunct Charlotte Sting and Orlando Miracle between 1997-99.

“It’s been eye-opening,” she told the Star Tribune. “I’ve learned a lot so far. These women are in their prime, they’ve played for God knows how long.

 “I love being in this competitive environment. I’m learning so much. It’s fantastic.”

She features in a Lynx squad considered among the favourites for this season’s WNBA Championship after losing out in the 2016 Finals to the Los Angeles Sparks.

“Really, I think we’re 11 deep,” said Reeve. “There is nobody you have on your bench you’re afraid to put in. It’s a deep, talented team.”

After spending her first three collegiate years at Harvard, Fagbenle spent the 2016 season at the University of Southern California completing her Master’s degree in strategic public relations. In 114 college games, the 24-year-old averaged 13.2 ppg and 8.9 rpg.

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