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July 11, 2006 at 11:33 AM

New skills champ in All-Star competition

Minnesota Lynx rookie Seimone Augustus won the second annual Skills Challenge at the All-Star Game in New York today. Augustus reached the finals along with Storm guard Sue Bird, last season’s champion. But while Augustus was able to shave nearly 10 seconds off her time to complete the obstacle course in 28.5 seconds, Bird bobbled on her layup and a couple of chest passes that cost her major time, finishing in 33.2 seconds.
All-Stars Diana Taurasi (Phoenix), Lindsey Whalen (Connecticut), Dawn Staley (Houston), Katie Smith (Detroit), Mwadi Mabika (Los Angeles), and Katie Douglas (Connecticut) participated in the inaugural three-point shootout.
Taurasi, for ranking second in the league in scoring (23.2), was ice cold in the opening round, scoring only scoring seven points to get nixed from the competition. Staley, who leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (50.0), led with 19 to advance and won with a score of 17 points, hitting two pressure packed buckets, including the “moneyball” on the final rack.
The scene in New York…
The vibe is hyped around Madison Square Garden, but it’s like those infamous afternoon games packed with kiddie campers going bizerk. Not many adults and probably only 1,000 fans overall. The loud mix of dated pop and hip-hop, plus that obnoxious announcer from the Connecticut Sun are filling in any dead air, however.
Did run into two Storm fans, who were also the first faces I saw at the airport when my red-eye arrived Monday morning. Couple that with all the news coverage on Seattle native Nate Robinson, who’s playing with his New York Knicks in the NBA summer league, and Seattle is always nearby.

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