February 3, 2023
Bridget Carleton, Lindsay Allen reportedly returning to Minnesota Lynx
Rachel Galligan of Winsidr first reported on the signings.
The first news of Minnesota Lynx free agency has arrived. Rachel Galligan of Winsidr has confirmed the return of guard Lindsay Allen and also reported forward Bridget Carleton is expected to return to the team.
Allen provided depth at the point guard position for the Lynx last season, coming off the bench in nine games and averaging 6.7 points, and 3.4 assists per game. Her best game for Minnesota came in the final outing of the year when she shot 6-of-7 from three-point range to pour in 26 points in just over 26 minutes of playing time. She also dished out six assists in the 90-83 loss to Connecticut.
Prior to joining the Lynx last season, the Notre Dame product won a championship with the Melbourne Boomers in Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League. Allen was named Finals MVP in the 2-1 series victory over the Perth Lynx.
At the time of this writing she is the sole point guard on the Lynx roster.
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Carleton brings some needed and familiar depth to the Lynx’s frontcourt. The former Iowa State Cyclone star has spent the last three and half seasons in Minnesota, making 27 starts in 90 games for Cheryl Reeve. She averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 36 games in 2022.
Carleton endeared herself to Lynx fans back in her first-ever start for the team in the bubble. Starting in place of an injured Sylvia Fowles, Carleton put up a career-high 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field in a 26-point win against the New York Liberty.
Written by Terry Horstman
Terry Horstman is a Minneapolis-based writer and covers the Minnesota Lynx beat for The Next. He previously wrote about the Minnesota Timberwolves for A Wolf Among Wolves, and his other basketball writing has been published by Flagrant Magazine, HeadFake Hoops, Taco Bell Quarterly, and others. He's the creative nonfiction editor for the sports-themed literary magazine, the Under Review.