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Women's Hoops

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

May 1, 2008 at 12:55 PM

WNBA at the newstands

Haven’t made it through my uncorrected proof of Lisa Leslie’s book “Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You — The Making Of A Champion,” but you know I skipped ahead. Right there on page 275 Leslie dedicates a whole paragraph to the irony of her naming her daughter Lauren Jolie, which can be easily shortened to “LJ” — Leslie’s biggest rival’s nickname in Storm forward Lauren Jackson.
The funny part is that Leslie ends the paragraph with the line, “I did not think about Lauren Jackson enough to even consider it.” Then why put it in the book?
Anyway, the WNBA is represented in a lot of different places. The most copy that I found is in April’s Vogue where Sparks owner Carla Christofferson is featured. The story is part of the shape issue so she’s photographed in a body-hugging pale pink dress while holding both of the franchise’s championship trophies. I’ve held the Storm’s trophy and that sucker weighs at least 15 pounds and I was told that during Christofferson’s shoot, she was asked to hold the position for what seemed like 40 minutes. Now, she’s a former Miss North Dakota who remained fit, but even Christofferson had to break her smiling ways and say “I’m done” when her arms started to shake.
FYI, that’s her home in the background with Weimaraner Max and Boglen terrier Bailey.
In Essence’s May issue, Storm forward Swin Cash was honored as one of the mags “Bold & Beautiful,” an annual tribute to strength, courage and wisdom of inspiring black women. Photographed in a gorgeous scarlet dress, Cash is dubbed “The Advocate” for raising $20,000 toward the Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative education facility for pregnant girls and young mothers. Cash’s mother had her when she was a senior in high school.
Side note: Cash’s New York City photo shoot was eight days before she was traded to the Storm.
In Slam magazine’s June issue, former WNBA star Adrienne Goodson returns with a feature on Phoenix guard Cappie Pondexter, the 2007 Finals MVP. Pondexter deserves more ink and Goody’s story is solid. There’s also a cool pic of Pondexter on a motorcycle while playing overseas in Istanbul.
The final nugget I could find was a disappointing “baby’s mama” reference to Houston forward Tina Thompson in Sister 2 Sister’s May issue. The mag glorifies the acts of her son’s father, Cleveland guard Damon Jones, but doesn’t point out that Thompson is raising the child full-time.
Currently she’s overseas playing on the same team as Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird, and Diana Taurasi. Their SuperLeague best-of-five Finals series begins Monday.

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