Maiga-Ba expected to start at center

2/17/2010 - WNBA Minnesota Lynx

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Lynx have signed veteran forward Hamchetou Maiga-Ba.

Maiga-Ba's addition was announced Wednesday. She was an unrestricted free agent, after a total of six years with the Sacramento Monarchs sandwiched around two seasons with the Houston Comets.

Maiga-Ba is a native of Mali. The 6-foot-2 perimeter player averaged 8.9 points per game for the Monarchs last season. She ranked 11th in the WNBA in field-goal shooting percentage.

Maiga-Ba is expected to start for Minnesota, with Candice Wiggins coming off the bench and Seimone Augustus playing the shooting guard position.