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April 27, 2007 at 1:46 PM

New bounce

You won’t hear WNBA players crying about their “lost girlfriend” like the NBA players, but the sister league did ship new basketballs to their teams for use this season. The new-look oatmeal-and-orange ball has dual interlocking, cross-shaped panels rather than the eight oblong panels found on traditional balls. The WNBA never used genuine leather, so the new synthetic feel is only a little slicker than last season. Really, the only difference is the design.
Most Storm players in camp don’t even notice a difference.
“The little design on it is a little different, but that’s about it. It’s still the same ball,” Storm guard Tanisha Wright said. “They’re just not as broken in yet.”
Women traditionally have played with different variations of basketballs, especially if they’re transitioning from college to international to the WNBA. It was only in 2004 that global organizations agreed on the same circumference.
“A ball is a ball,” Storm rookie Katie Gearlds said. “They all like to go in.”
Well, that’s good.

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