MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The WNBA's Minnesota Lynx traded former Virginia Commonwealth University star Quanitra Hollingsworth to the New York Liberty Friday. In exchange, the Liberty will swap third round picks with the Lynx in the 2012 WNBA Draft.
Hollingsworth, the ninth overall pick in the 2009 draft, spent two seasons in Minnesota, appearing in 59 games while averaging 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds. Hollingsworth appeared in one preseason game for the Lynx this spring, recording one assist and one rebound in seven minutes. Listed at 6-5, Hollingsworth will become the tallest player on the Liberty roster.
Friday afternoon, a post on Hollingsworth's Facebook page read, "CHANGE CAN BE SCARY, BUT NECESSARY TO GROW…"
In four seasons with the Rams from 2005-09, Hollingsworth help turn a previous nondescript VCU program into one of the CAA's best, shattering records along the way.
Hollingsworth won the CAA Rookie of the Year award in 2005-06 when she was just 16 years old. She also earned four All-CAA nods during her career, including a first team citation in 2008-09, when she helped lead the Rams to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Hollingsworth also earned a pair of CAA All-Defensive Team awards during her career.
In 113 career games, the Chesapeake, Va. native averaged 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds. She ranks second in school history in points (1,604), first in rebounds (1,114), double-doubles (55) and free throws (411) and third in blocked shots (162).
She is one of just three Rams to have her jersey retired, and in 2010, she was named to the CAA's Silver Anniversary Team.