Knee injuries threatened to end Theairra Taylor’s basketball career three times during her career at Iowa.
More than three years after suffering her third ACL tear in 20 months, Taylor isn’t ready to hang up her basketball shoes yet.
Taylor has been invited to the WNBA Minnesota Lynx’s summer camp after a strong combine showing.
“I went to the Nashville overseas combine and played well,” Taylor said in a release. “A few people there took notice and I was invited to the Minnesota Lynx summer camp. I feel blessed to have the opportunity.”
Taylor missed 53 games due to knee injuries during her time at Iowa but bounced back to play in her final 101 games and start the final 70 games of her Hawkeye career.
The Minneapolis native is coming off the best season of her career as a senior.
A team co-captain, Taylor started all 36 games for the Hawkeyes during the 2013-2014 season, helping Iowa to the second-highest win total in program history with 27.
Taylor averaged a career-high 12.4 points per game during her senior season and tallied career highs in assists (104), steals (60), field goal percentage (.475) and 3-point percentage (.372). She averaged 4.6 rebounds per game.
“I am very happy for Theairra,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase her abilities for the WNBA, and what better place to do it than your hometown?”
Taylor earned Iowa’s Coaches Award and Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award nomination as she helped the Hawkeyes reach the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight season.
The 5-11 guard played perhaps the best basketball of her career in her final months in an Iowa uniform.
Taylor averaged 13.6 points per game during Big Ten play and scored in double figures in 17 of the last 21 games.
Taylor matched a career-high with 22 points in Iowa’s NCAA tournament first-round win over Marist, making a career best and equaling an Iowa NCAA Tournament record with five 3-pointers.
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