Minnesota Lynx re-sign 13-year WNBA veteran Taj McWilliams-Franklin

The Minnesota Lynx re-signed 13-year WNBA veteran Taj McWilliams-Franklin the team announced Monday.

“We are pleased to have Taj back with us for the 2012 season,” said Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith in a statement. “She was a big part of our championship team, and will play a big role in our attempt to win back-to-back titles.”

McWilliams-Franklin played a key role in Minnesota’s championship run last year and is a six-time WNBA All-Star. She averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in eight playoff games. During the regular season she averaged 8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 34 games.

“I’m excited to be back with the Lynx for the 2012 WNBA season, ” said McWilliams-Franklin. “Last year was a great year. We all worked hard to achieve our goal of winning the championship. I’m looking forward to getting back with my teammates and Coach Reeve and the assistant coaches and doing it all over again.”

“Taj is the consummate pro and her value to our team is immeasurable,” said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve. “Her return puts us in the best position to defend our title.”

The terms of the re-signing  deal were not disclosed.

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