September 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Former Storm training camp invitee Samantha MacKay involved in tragic accident overseas
UPDATE: According to multiple sources, former Storm camp invitee Samantha MacKay was treated for injuries and released Sunday. Another source with Northwestern said C Daniella Diamant was not with the team, receiving clearance to attend her grandfather Jerry Tarkanian’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame this weekend.
Prior to Seattle’s 75-60 loss to Minnesota on Saturday, the team heard news of former training camp invitee, PG Sam MacKay, being involved in a auto accident in Hungary. MacKay had just joined the Uni Gyor Hungarian club. But, according to news reports and the Storm, she suffered two cracked vertebrae while her team’s manager Peter Tapodi and head coach Fuzy Akos were reported dead.
Among teammates injured was Daniella Diamant, a standout Northwestern graduate and granddaughter of legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian. Tarkanian, 82, is being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Storm coach and GM Brian Agler was receiving updates from MacKay’s former high school coach, who also coached Agler’s daughter.
“What we’ve heard is she broke the third and fourth (vertebrae),” Agler said of MacKay. “Most of the players were hospitalized and the manager and head coach were killed. From what I understand, it was a situation where the bus driver was trying to avoid a head-on collision with a car that came over in their path.”
Agler’s last contact with MacKay was when she signed to play overseas. He invited the former Dayton star to camp in April, but MacKay was cut May 19 as Seattle prepared for its regular-season tip. She planned to play overseas to improve her chances to make a WNBA roster next season.
MacKay, a 5-foot-8 point guard, was undrafted and was the first player from Dayton to get an invite to a WNBA camp. She helped lead the Flyers to an undefeated 2012-13 season in the Atlantic 10, averaging a career-high 10.5 points and 4.9 assists as a senior.
“Just to know I have this opportunity to compete at this level is so amazing,” MacKay said in April.
Agler didn’t have plans to return MacKay this summer. He signed former Stanford C Joslyn Tinkle to a second seven-day contract on Saturday.
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