Janell Burse

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Janell Burse
Personal information
Born (1979-05-19) May 19, 1979 (age 43)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school Redeemer-Seton
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
College Tulane (1996–2000)
WNBA draft 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Playing career2001–2011
Position Center
Career history
2001–2003 Minnesota Lynx
2004–2007, 2009 Seattle Storm
2009–2011 TS Wisła Can-Pack Kraków
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Janell Latrice Burse (born May 19, 1979) is a 6'5" women's basketball player who played center for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA.


After playing college ball at Tulane University, Burse was drafted in the second round (28th overall) by the Minnesota Lynx in 2001, and played her first three professional seasons with that team. As part of an ill-fated attempt by the Lynx to land hometown sensation Lindsay Whalen in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Burse was traded with Sheri Sam to the Storm for Amanda Lassiter and a high draft pick. Whalen was snatched up by the Connecticut Sun, and Seattle gained two key players for its 2004 championship run.

Burse backed up center Kamila Vodichkova in 2004, and took over the starting role when Vodichkova left for the Phoenix Mercury the next season. Fans expected Burse to lose this job to the highly touted Suzy Batkovic when the latter joined the team in mid-season, but Burse played so well that she started the entire year.

Burse, who had purchased a house in Slidell, Louisiana in 2004, became the WNBA's face for relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At two playoff games at KeyArena in September 2005, Burse's charity through the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church raised $25,000 for the relief efforts, which was matched by $75,000 from the team organization.

WNBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game FG%  Field-goal percentage 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold Career high°League leader
Denotes seasons in which Burse won a WNBA championship

Regular season

2001 Minnesota 2008.5.333.000.7502.
2002 Minnesota 31211.1.373.000.7501.
2003 Minnesota 291415.1.490.000.7713.
2004 Seattle 29017.7.429.000.5823.
2005 Seattle 343425.3.523.000.6995.
2006 Seattle 272727.4.5111.000.6706.
2007 Seattle 292924.4.445.000.6935.
2009 Seattle 34815.9.510.000.7383.
Career8 years, 2 teams34815.9.510.000.7383.


2003 Minnesota 3314.0.333.000.6673.
2004 Seattle 8013.6.444.000.7502.
2005 Seattle 3330.0.611.0001.0004.
2006 Seattle 3327.0.385.000.8463.
2009 Seattle 3310.
Career5 years, 2 teams201217.7.402.000.7883.

Tulane statistics

Source [1]

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

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