Minnesota Scene: Lynx sign 6-4 Brazilian center for depth

  • Article by: STAFF and NEWS SERVICES
  • Updated: April 14, 2014 - 7:03 AM


Damiris Dantas, the 6-4 Brazilian center drafted by the Lynx two years ago, has signed with the team and will be at training camp this spring.

She was drafted with the 12th and final pick in the first round in 2012. She is playing for Americana in the Brazilian League, averaging 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game through 15 games. Dantas, 21, helped Brazil win a gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship, played for Brazil in the 2012 Olympics in London and was a part of the bronze medal Brazil team at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

The Lynx are looking for a backup to starting center Janel McCarville. Last year’s backup, Amber Harris, is injured. The Lynx are also expected to bring Waltiea Rolle to camp. The former 6-6 North Carolina center was drafted in the third round last year.

Kent Youngblood


U shuts out Auggies

The Gophers beat Augsburg 1-0 on Wednesday in nonconference baseball at Siebert Field. Three freshmen — Cody Campbell, Toby Anderson and Brian Glowicki — combined to hold the Auggies to four hits.

Minnesota (15-9) scored the game’s only run in the fourth inning. Connor Schaefbauer led off with a triple and came home on Tony Skjefte’s sacrifice fly.

Jordan Smith and Mark Tatera had the only other two hits for the Gophers off four pitchers for Augsburg (6-8). Minnesota opens a series at Michigan on Friday.



• Tyus Jones of Apple Valley scored seven points and had 10 assists for the East in the McDonald’s All-American basketball game on Wednesday, but Jones’ team lost 105-102 to the West at Chicago’s United Center before an announced crowd of 17,116. Rashad Vaughn, formerly of Cooper who played for Findlay Prep in Las Vegas this past season, had 14 points for the West and Reid Travis of DeLaSalle eight points. Vaughn made two three-pointers, Jones one.

• Cretin-Derham Hall has hired Joe Lynch as its girls’ basketball coach. Lynch had been an assistant coach the past two years and worked in the program for four years.

• Nebraska’s Cassie Deeg, a sophomore from Hugo, is the co-Big Ten women’s golfer of the week. She shot a 3-under-par 213 to tie for second place at the Mountain View Collegiate tournament in Tucson, Ariz.

• St. Cloud State has decided not to renew the contract of Jeff Giesen, its women’s hockey coach the past four seasons. The Huskies were 4-27-5 overall this past season.

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