Janel McCarville

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Janel McCarville
Janel McCarville.jpg
WNBA's Minnesota Lynx  – No. 4
Born (1982-11-03) November 3, 1982 (age 31)
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
College Minnesota
Draft 1st overall, 2005
Charlotte Sting
WNBA career 2005–present
Non-WNBA career 2006–present
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Charlotte Sting (2005–2006)
New York Liberty (2007–2012)
Minnesota Lynx (2013-present)
Non-WNBA teams
Good Angels Košice (2006-2008)
Spartak MR (2010-2011)
Famila Wüber Schio (2010-2012)
Canik Belediyesi (2012-2013)
CCC Polkowice (2013-present)
Awards and honors
WNBA Champion (2013)
Euroleague Women Champion (2010)
WNBA Most Improved Player (2007)

Janel McCarville (born November 3, 1982 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin) is an American professional basketball player. She currently is a Center for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and for CCC Polkowice of the PLKK.

High school years[edit]

McCarville attended Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) (Wisconsin), where she led her school to a 59–11 record over her final three years.

As a senior, McCarville averaged 19.4 ppg and led her team to a runner-up finish in the 2001 Wisconsin Division I State Tournament. She had tournament averages of 21.7 ppg and 14.7 rpg. She shared the Wisconsin Player of the Year award with Mistie Williams (née Bass) and was honored as an AAU All-American and a member of the 2001 all-state first team.

College years[edit]

McCarville was a standout collegiate women's basketball player for the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities).

McCarville started all four years during her time with the Golden Gophers, playing alongside her teammate Lindsay Whalen, and turned the program around from being the worst in the Big Ten Conference into a Final Four team in 2004.

McCarville is in the all-time top five of every major statistical category for the Golden Gophers' women's team, including points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. McCarville holds the NCAA record for most rebounds in the tournament, with 75 rebounds in five games. She also holds the NCAA record for tournament rebound average, with 15 per game.

WNBA career[edit]

In the 2005 WNBA Draft, McCarville was picked by Charlotte Sting as the No. 1 overall selection. At Charlotte, she missed a number of games due to injury. When she was able to play, her performance did not meet the expectations associated with the No. 1 draft pick.

In the spring of 2007, after the Sting folded, McCarville was claimed by New York in the WNBA dispersal draft. During the first half of the 2007 season she earned a place in the Liberty starting lineup, displacing rookie Jessica Davenport. On August 25, 2007, McCarville was named most improved player of the 2007 season.[1]

McCarville continued to contribute significantly to the Liberty's success in 2008. She was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on two occasions during the 2008 season.[2]

Per Coach and General Manager John Whisenant at the May 28, 2011 Season Subscribers Open Practice and Lunch event held and the New York Liberty's practice facility, Janel decided on her own to not report to Training Camp, and in accordance with WNBA rules, was suspended for the entire 2011 season.[3] This became a point of division for the team's fan base.

On April 16, 2012, it was announced to New York Liberty Season Ticket Holders, and eventually to the fan base at large, that McCarville intended to take the summer off from basketball, in order to spend time with her family.[4]

On March 1, 2013, the Minnesota Lynx acquired McCarville as part of a three team trade.[5] McCarville filled the void left by the retirement of Taj McWilliams-Franklin, providing a veteran post presence. McCarville also rejoined Lindsay Whalen, the starting point guard for the Lynx.

McCarville's early play indicated some rust, but she fit well with the team, and improved as the season went along. She displayed a talent for distributing the ball that made her a perfect fit for the team. McCarville helped the team to its second title in three years, and her first as a pro, scoring 10 points in the decisive third game of the 2013 WNBA Finals.[6]

USA Basketball[edit]

McCarville was a member of the United States team that won a silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. McCarville averaged 4.3 points per game.[7]

International career[edit]

During the 2006-7 and 2007-8 EuroLeague seasons, McCarville has played for Good Angels Košice Good Angels Košice, Slovakia with former Charlotte Sting teammate Kelly Mazzante. In the fall of 2007, McCarville was named to the USA Select basketball team and helped that team take second place in the 2007 FIBA World League tournament. During the winter of 2009–2010, McCarville played for the Spartak Moscow Women's Basketball team. During the winters of 2010–2011 and 2011-2012, McCarville played for the Famila Schio Women's Basketball team. On September 12, 2012, The Canik Belediyesi basketball club was announced as having signed McCarville, as well as Detroit Shock veteran Cheryl Ford. McCarville Joined CCC Polkowice in 2013.

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