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Lynx creating back court competition with solid draft

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Leading up to the WNBA Draft, most experts thought the Lynx would go after a guard to shore that spot up heading into the 2013 season. They did just that and more. With two picks in the top 14, the team selected Lindsey Moore, a 5'10 point guard out of Nebraska and Ta' Shauna Rodgers who played the point guard at Georgetown, but a player head coach Cheryl Reeve sees as more of a shooting guard.

"With the Wiggins trade and with the waiving of Erin Thorne, we looked to solidify the perimeter a little bit and we were unclear at 14 exactly what was going to happen," said Reeve. "We weren't opposed to a big there, but the big that we would have liked was already gone."

Moore, averaged 15.1 points per game last year for Nebraska in 34 games for the Cornhuskers.

"I had no idea," said Moore about being selected by Minnesota. "When I heard my name, I was completely surprised. I had no idea."

Moore will be teammates with another Lindsay, who she said is one of her idols.

I'm really excited to start playing with the Lynx," said Moore. "They have a great ball club with Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen and Lindsay Whalen's been one of my idols growing up and being around the game so to play with her and just to learn from her, I'm super excited about."

The Lynx added guard Chucky Jeffrey with the last pick in the second round, then grabbed 6'6 center Waltiea Rolle with the 36th and final pick in the draft. Jeffrey led Colorado as a senior this past season averaging 13.7 points, 4 assists and 8.2 rebounds.

Reeve believes the competition in the back court will pay dividends from a depth perspective.

"It can do nothing but push the group and give us options," said Reeve. "I think that's all you can ask for going into training camp."

With much of the starting group in tact, the Lynx will see their starting five tweak a little. Center Taj McWilliams Franklin retired and the team traded guard Candice Wiggins for former Gopher center Janel McCarville, the released veteran guard Erin Thorn. The two-time defending Western Conference champions didn't stand pat.

"I think our core group will like the group that's coming in," said Reeve. "We were hungry last year, I don't think we get enough credit for that. Change is good, I think the group we had ran its course and it was time."

The Lynx begin their 15th season Saturday June 1st against Connecticut at 7PM.

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