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BEST LYNX PLAYER Minneapolis 2005 - Nicole Ohlde

Readers' Choice: Katie Smith

When Katie Smith went down with a knee injury in July, the prospects for the final third of the Lynx's season looked bleak. Up until that point, the veteran guard had pretty much been the team's sole consistent scoring threat, averaging 19 points a game. In fact, she was the Lynx's top scorer in 18 of their first 23 games. But after Smith's season came to an abrupt end, rookie center Nicole Ohlde emerged as a budding star. Over the team's final 10 games, the Kansas State alum led the Lynx on an improbable playoff run, squeaking into the postseason for the second straight year. For the season, Ohlde averaged 11.7 points a game, was second on the team in rebounding, led the squad in blocked shots, and finished third in WNBA rookie-of-the-year balloting. With Smith returning to the lineup this summer, the Lynx should feature a formidable scoring duo.

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