Storm coach Brian Agler finalized his roster on Wednesday, cutting rookie G Ashley Corral and veteran Allie Quigley, but the latter was really a smooth transition. She obtained her Hungarian passport, which enables her to compete for the country’s national team.
In evaluating whether to stay and compete for a slim chance on a WNBA roster or play overseas, getting the lucrative European status when teams are limited in the amount of American players they can hold, Quigley made a smart choice. She remains stateside for a week then will join the Hungarian team to compete in EuroBasket qualifiers from June 13 through July 14.
“She had a good camp. The game-situations for her were a little bit of a roller coaster,” said Agler, whose staff gave Quigley the weekend to consider her options. “For her personally and for her career, getting that passport is valuable.”
Agler didn’t suspend Quigley to further give her options in signing with either the Storm or another team, if needed, after the qualifier. If she were suspended, she would be out until the status lifts Dec. 1, 2012. That’s also why the Storm couldn’t suspend three-time MVP Lauren Jackson, who plans to join the team after competing with Australia in the London Olympic Games.
The Storm did suspend Spanish PG Silvia Dominguez to retain her rights. She finally got a visa this week, but it was too late to fold her into the team’s system, according to Agler. Now she’s on a growing list of players the team has stocked to choose from for the 2013 season. But Seattle can only keep the rights of four when suspensions lift in December.
With the 2012 season underway, I didn’t get into next year with Agler this week. But it is interesting to glance over the list of reserves to pick from. In addition to this list, Sue Bird, Tanisha Wright, Lauren Jackson, Ann Wauters, Tina Thompson, Victoria Dunlap, Shekinna Stricklen and Camille Little are under contract for 2013.
So, here’s the reserved list: Australian posts Abby Bishop and Suzy Batkovic, Dominguez, Czech Republic F Jana Vesela, 2012 third-round draft pick Keisha Hampton (DePaul) and Hungarian F Tijana Krivacevic.