SALT LAKE CITY — After spending the winter season overseas, former Utah forward Megan Huff will be back playing in the United States, as she signed with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday.

Huff was a third-round selection by the New York Liberty during the 2019 WNBA draft before spending last year playing for TTT Riga in Latvia, averaging 11.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. 

In a corresponding move, the Lynx also announced forward Cecilia Zandalasini will miss the 2020 season.

“I am so proud of the hard work Huff has put in this past season overseas and I think it is a testament to her work ethic and passion for the game that she has this opportunity,” Lynne Roberts, Huff’s head coach at Utah, said in a school release. “She is extremely talented and I can’t wait to see what she can achieve in the WNBA. We are proud that she is a Ute.”

After transferring from Hawaii, Huff earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in both of her seasons at Utah. During her senior season at Utah, the 6-foot-3 Huff averaged 19.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game while finishing the year ranked in the top 15 in the Pac-12 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals, 3-point field goal percentage and blocks.

Huff left her mark at Utah, ranking in the school’s top 10 all time in a variety of categories, including single-season scoring and rebounding, career scoring, career rebounding, career 3-point percentage and career free throw percentage. She had 23 career double-doubles, including five at Hawaii.

On Monday, the WNBA announced its plans to start a modified 2020 season that’s been on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning in July, the plan includes IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, serving as host for each of the league’s 12 teams as the lone site for training camp, games and housing. There will be a 22-game regular season, along with a traditional playoff format.