Erica McCall’s WNBA journey will continue.
The former Ridgeview High and Stanford standout was signed by the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday, less than 24 hours after being waived by the Atlanta Dream.
"I'm getting used to things," said McCall, who signed a deal with Minnesota just two hours before its game last night. Although she was eligible to play, she did not "This is basically my first day with the team. I had a chance to shoot around this morning. Tomorrow will be my first official day with the team."
McCall signed with Atlanta on July 12 just two weeks before the start of the WNBA’s abbreviated 22-game regular season. She played 5 minutes in the team’s season-opener on Sunday, finishing with two rebounds, a steal and one personal foul.
But being waived was not a surprise to McCall. She was already aware that she would likely be released to make room for Dream forward Glory Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19 in early July when she arrived at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where the WNBA is playing its games.
"It's kind of difficult," said McCall of switching teams. "I just all about switching my mindset. I pretty much knew I wasn't going to be with (Atlanta) for too long. I knew that in the back of my head and I tried to keep that in my mind. It's been a smooth transition so far. The coaches have been pretty helpful with things and are just trying to make sure I'm in constant communication with them and that I'm on the same page with them."
McCall was waived by Atlanta on Wednesday, but was allowed to stay at the facility in case another team wants to sign her. When Minnesota's Karima Christmas-Kelly suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Tuesday's loss to Seattle, the Lynx were awarded McCall via waivers.
"I knew I was going to be picked up pretty fast just because of the nature of what we're going through and how difficult it is to bring somebody else in," McCall said. "It takes like 10 days for people to get cleared."
McCall, a four-year veteran, has appeared in 80 total games with Indiana and Atlanta and holds career averages of 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.4 blocks per game.
She averaged 9.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 144 games (92 starts) at Stanford before being selected 17th overall in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever. She was waived by Indiana in May.