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Women's Hoops

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

May 25, 2008 at 5:35 AM

Off Day

The Storm is traveling back to Seattle today and has the day off. Coach Brian Agler said the team is going to focus on itself in preparation for what will be the “real” season. Once San Antonio comes to town on Friday, Seattle will play five games in nine days, have a three-day break, and then play another four games in six days. The Storm doesn’t get another one of those odd, long stretches off until after their road game against Los Angeles on June 24. Their next game is June 29 against Washington at KeyArena.
A couple of observations from the road: It was cool to see Renee Brown, director of basketball operations and player relations, at the Silver Stars game. The league brass does a good job of checking in on players and the different cities to see what’s going well or what can be improved.
And second, I have to note that while the increase may be small, slowly the league seems to be taking root in various cities. Winning helps and the Storm did just visit the two teams that were in the Western Conference Finals last season. But in year’s past Phoenix and San Antonio would be sprinkled with Sue Bird jerseys. One little boy even asked Bird to marry him a few years back in San Antonio (and I think Bird accepted the ring).
In both stops this weekend, the arenas had solid, wild crowds decked out in the home-team colors. There were 9,000 in attendance at San Antonio. And a few fans behind press row even wore matching silver metallic wigs to the game. Silver Stars forward Sophia Young came over after the win to say “hello” to the regulars, thanking them for their support.
Not that Seattle wasn’t represented. Four fans traveled to San Antonio. They were spotted by owner Dawn Trudeau who introduced herself and thanked them for their support.

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