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July 1, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Storm All-Stars Sue Bird and Swin Cash named to Team USA

StarsLogo.jpgStorm stars Sue Bird and Swin Cash will go against their coach Brian Agler and leading scorer Lauren Jackson (21.4 points) for WNBA vs. USA Basketball: “The Stars at the Sun” game July 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The matchup will help the national team get some practice time before it decides on a final roster for the World Championships beginning in September. Jackson’s national team also is coordinating training camp around the midsummer classic, playing a scrimmage against the Americans on July 11. USA national team coach Geno Auriemma, who heads the University of Connecticut, will hold a training camp July 7-11 with hopefuls Jayne Appel, Ebony Hoffman, Kia Vaughn vying for a spots.
WNBA stars Alana Beard (ankle), Candace Parker (shoulder), and Candice Wiggins (Achilles tendon) are injured and unable to attend.
Bird, the leading vote-getter for the game, was questionable. She returned to practice on Thursday after suffering from back spasms. Bird, who missed Tuesday’s win against San Antonio, expects to play on Saturday when the Storm travels to Los Angeles (3-11) to play the Sparks on ESPN2.
“Unfortunately, with this the slightest thing can set you off,” she said on the team’s web site. “It really helps to not be too physical and not be hit, just do my rehab and go from there. I feel much better now than I did two days ago.
“I still have two more days (until the Storm’s next game). Two days makes a world of difference.”
For Agler, the WNBA vs. USA Basketball game pulls at his heartstrings. Prior to the Storm blasting out the gate with a franchise-best 14-2 start, he’d planned to travel to Chicago to watch his daughter play AAU ball. Taylor Agler is a solid point guard entering high school, who’s already getting noticed by programs like Tennessee.
“It’s sort of bittersweet,” said Agler, who was named coach of the WNBA stars due to his team having the best record as of Thursday. “Now I have to figure out if I can go through Chicago or maybe go through Ohio and go through Chicago on the way back to catch a game or two. We’ll get it worked out.
“It’s going to be fun. I’ve never done that in the WNBA, I have in the ABL, but it’ll be a good experience I’m sure. It’s an honor to do this. Our team, part of them doing well is my getting to do this. So it does mean something to me because I feel good about what’s going on here.”

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