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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

June 8, 2006 at 8:12 PM

Bird flu

Storm guard Sue Bird’s favorite cuisine, seafood, wasn’t very kind to her as she came down with food poisoning hours before she played 30 minutes in a home win against Chicago, scoring 10 points and totaling five assists.
Bird, 25, said she wouldn’t wish the situation on her “worst enemy.” She didn’t eat anything on Thursday, traveling overnight on Wednesday with her team to Connecticut for Friday’s game against the Sun. She was well enough to practice on Thursday and will start.
“She just needs a good night’s sleep,” Storm coach Anne Donovan said.
An absent Bird would highlight another weakness with the Storm – the backup point guard position.
French guard Edwige (pronounced Ed-VEEGE) Lawson-Wade is learning the ropes, but Donovan has repeatedly stated that the team has been hurting at the position since Australian Tully Bevilaqua left via free agency after helping Seattle win a championship in 2004.
Bevilaqua reportedly garnered $60,000 from Indiana during the 2005 season, a figure Donovan, who is director of player personnel, was unwilling to pay for a reserve.
Reserves Tanisha Wright and Shaunzinski Gortman are filling the backup point role along with Lawson-Wade, but the staff is always looking for ways to strengthen its bench.
Lawson-Wade is cool with her role, however. At 5 foot 6, the 27-year-old is petite, but she has experience having played with Houston in 2005 and internationally. Donovan signed her on May 23 and Lawson-Wade is averaging 2.0 points and 8.0 minutes, appearing in two games.
“I’m feeling really good,” said Lawson-Wade, whose non-traditional French surname stems from an African father and American husband. She was born in Rennes.
“The team has great team chemistry and when a new player come in, they do everything to help her so right now everything is good for me. We have a lot of guards, but from the beginning Anne Donovan told me my role would be more if Sue gets hurt or something happens, they can have another true point guard.
I had some other options, but Seattle was a team that plays the type of basketball that I like to play. I could have probably gone somewhere else and had more minutes, but I choose to be here. Anne has always been honest with me, so it’s all good.”

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