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April 30, 2007 at 5:18 PM

Gearlds fever

Seems Storm rookie Katie Gearlds is going to rival Sue Bird in homecoming hoopla.
The Purdue alum said she regularly had about 10 to 15 people from her hometown of Beech Grove, Ind., attend her games in West Lafayette and that number bumped to about 75 when the team played at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, which is 10-minutes from the “Welcome to Beech Grove, Home of Katie Gearlds” sign.
For this Saturday’s exhibition opener against the Indiana Fever, Gearlds said there’s talk of it being named “Katie Gearlds Day” with about 100 friends and family in attendance.
Geez, what are they going to do for the regular season?
Oh, and if you’re looking for more on Gearlds, checkout her snazzy web site. Along with loving the fact that she owns my favorite car, a convertible Mustang, I found it amusing that she’s very scared of storms.
“Except this one,” she said of being a member of the basketball Storm. Then she retold a story from high school when the students were retained for a couple of hours as a storm whipped through the region. Gearlds hid under a desk cringing.
Family and friends should see a lot of Gearlds this weekend, though. Guard Tanisha Wright did not practice on Monday due to a left groin pull. Gearlds will most likely start and play the point against the Fever — if Wright doesn’t heal.
It’ll be interesting to see the rookie face one of the best defenders in the league in Aussie Tully Bevilaqua, a former Storm point guard. She’s not known for going light, not even in practice. And the Storm won’t have any other options. Shooting guard Betty Lennox isn’t expected until this weekend, since her team in Poland advanced to the finals. She’s only played sparingly at the point. And point guard Francesca Zara is playing in Russia.
So, who better to welcome Gearlds to the WNBA than Bevilaqua?

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