Maiga-Ba expected to start at center

Updated: February 17, 2010, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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