Minnesota Lynx’s Napheesa Collier making 2022 WNBA debut less than 3 months after giving birth to daughter

Napheesa Collier will make her 2022 season debut Sunday with the Minnesota Lynx less than three months after giving birth to daughter Mila in late May.

Collier, the 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year and former All-WNBA second-team pick, returns to the hardwood as the Lynx (12-20) make a late push to secure a playoff berth. Minnesota currently sits on the outside in 10th place and is looking down with four games left in the regular season and 1½ games to secure one of the remaining three spots in the postseason.

Collier stated during her pregnancy that she hoped to return sometime this summer to play with teammate and friend Sylvia Fowles before Fowles would soon retire following the 2022 campaign.

The Star Tribune reported on Saturday that Collier trained fully with the team that day for the first time this season, preparing to possibly play this week.

The former UConn standout and Tokyo 2020 Olympian averaged 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game in 2021, her third season in the league. Collier signed a multi-year contract extension with the Lynx during the offseason that will keep her in Minnesota through 2025.

The Lynx take on the Atlanta Dream Sunday at 7 p.m. ET — another team hoping to book their postseason ticket this week.

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