Joyner Holmes finds second WNBA landing spot in New York

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Former Texas forward is one of seven rookies among the 12 players on the roster of her new team, the WNBA's New York Liberty (photo courtesy of

By Riley Zayas

For the second time in three months, Joyner Holmes has signed a WNBA contract.

After being selected in the 2020 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm, Holmes was cut, although she never even got the chance to practice with the team. But the 6-foot-3-inch Holmes was not out of work for long, signing a new deal with the New York Liberty.

Multiple experts have labeled New York as one of the "dark horse" teams this season, thanks to a roster built on young talent and draft picks, including three-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and 2020 No. 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu. The former Oregon star and Holmes are two of the seven rookies on New York's 12-player roster.

During the WNBA's offseason, Holmes also will play professionally overseas for the Isreali team, Maccabi Raanana.

Despite missing the majority of her sophomore season, Holmes was a standout for UT, where she set a program record by posting a double-double in seven straight games. Over four years in Austin, she averaged 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Joyner Holmes set a Texas program record with a double-double in seven consecutive games (photo courtesy of

She came up clutch in the upset of No. 1 Stanford in December when she intercepted a Stanford inbounds pass and took it to the hoop, sealing the 69-64 win for the Horns.

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Riley Zayas

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley

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