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Coach: Brian Agler
Arena: Target Center
Team colors: Blue, silver and green
Top players: Katie Smith, guard (18.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, (ABL) Columbus Quest); Tonya Edwards, guard (16.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, (ABL) Columbus Quest); Kristin Folkl, forward
1998 record: None (expansion team)

Outlook
Just call them the Columbus Quest/West. Agler, who led the now-defunct Quest to back-to-back ABL titles, brought five of his former Columbus players over to the expansion Lynx. They will have the added benefit of already being familiar with Agler's system. Katie Smith, a two-time ABL Eastern Conference all-star selection with the Quest, was allocated to the Lynx by the WNBA. Smith is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and hopes to be back on the court by July. She led Columbus in scoring with a career average of 16.6 ppg, and started 100 straight games. During the 1997-98 ABL season, Smith ranked second in the league in free-throw percentage (.893), seventh in scoring (17.4 ppg) and seventh in three-point percentage (.401). Joining Smith from Columbus is another two-time ABL Eastern Conference all-star, Tonya Edwards. She was the Quest's second-leading scorer behind Smith. Other former Quest players include Andrea Lloyd-Curry, Sonja Tate and Angie Potthoff. Agler's teams usually are defense-oriented. His Quest team led the ABL in team defense every season, but also was near the top in scoring. Trisha Fallon, a combination guard-forward, was the leading scorer and most valuable player in the Italian League after leading her team to the Coppa Italia title. Adia Barnes started 16 games for the Sacramento Monarchs last season and averaged 7.6 points per game.

Schedule

June
12	Detroit 	8 
14	Utah	        8 
19	Houston	        8 
22	at Sacramento	10 
24	at Los Angeles	10:30 
26	at Utah	        9 
29	Sacramento	8 
July
1	Los Angeles	8 
3	Phoenix	        8 
6	at Houston	8:30 
7	at Orlando	7:30 
11	at New York	4 
12	at Cleveland	7 
17	New York	3:30 
19	Sacramento	8 
21	at Charlotte	7:30 
23	Washington	8 
25	Houston	        6 
27	at Sacramento	10 
29	at Phoenix	10 
31	Charlotte	8 
August
2	Phoenix	        8 
4	at Detroit	7:30 
6	Los Angeles	8 
7	at Utah	        9 
9	at Phoenix	10 
11	Utah	        8 
14	at Houston	4 
16	Cleveland	8 
18	at Los Angeles	10:30 
20	Orlando	        8 
21	at Washington	7 

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