Texas guard Joyner Holmes (24) goes up for a layup against Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15) during an NCAA women's basketball game on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Austin, Texas. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Waived by Seattle, ex-UT starter Joyner Holmes joins a crowd of rookies with the New York Liberty

Posted June 26th, 2020

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After signing last week to play basketball in Israel, former Texas forward Joyner Holmes has also gotten a second chance in the WNBA.

The New York Liberty announced on Friday that Holmes had signed with the WNBA franchise. Holmes was originally taken by Seattle in the second round of April’s draft. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, she never practiced with the team and was waived ahead of the league’s deadline to finalize rosters in late May.

The signing of Holmes comes one day after New York guard Rebecca Allen said that she would not play this season. Allen cited uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic as a reason why she was opting out.

The WNBA plans to start its 2020 season in July. Each WNBA franchise will play a 22-game schedule in the regular season. Those games and the league’s postseason contests will be held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Holmes joins a rebuilding New York team that now has seven rookies on its 12-player roster. In April, New York used the draft’s first pick on Oregon phenom Sabrina Ionescu. Ionescu, Holmes and fellow  Liberty rookies Megan Walker, Jazmine Jones, Kylee Shook, Leaonna Odom and Jocelyn Willoughby were among the draft’s first 19 picks.

The 6-3 Holmes set a school record this winter when she recorded a double-double in seven straight games. Over her four years at Texas, Holmes averaged 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She will also play professionally in Israel for Maccabi Raanana.

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