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July 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Former Lincoln High star Alex Montgomery helps New York win

Former Lincoln High star Alex Montgomery returned to her native area as a starter for New York against Seattle on Thursday at KeyArena. Montgomery, a fourth-year wing, played off the bench her first three seasons in the WNBA. Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer always liked her game, however, showing patience in honing Montgomery as a…

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July 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Mailbag: Why didn’t Storm guard Noelle Quinn play?

One sign a season is spiraling downward is sudden changes in lineups and rotation patterns. Storm coach Brian Agler did that Tuesday in a matchup against Phoenix at KeyArena. He swapped F Alysha Clark for F Shekinna Stricklen in the starting lineup, the latter’s first start of the season. “We wanted to give Strick an…

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July 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Eastern Washington ranks second in Division I academic honor roll

Eastern Washington coach Wendy Schuller’s team was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s academic honor roll on Thursday. The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes all NCAA divisions and junior/community colleges for the highest GPAs among women’s basketball teams. The Eagles ranked second among a list of 25 Division I squads with a GPA…

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July 23, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Jayda Evans’ power rankings: Week 10 Edition (VIDEO)

Due to a computer glitch, my WNBA power rankings for the week of July 22 didn’t and won’t post on the main Sports site. I’ve posted them here and, in case you missed it, the accompanying “WNBA Talk” was with women’s basketball Hall of Fame inductee Gail Goestenkors. She resigned last weekend from her…

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Comments | More in Polls, Video, WNBA | Topics: Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Skylar Diggins

July 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM

NBA legend Michael Cooper diagnosed with tongue cancer

From the Atlanta Dream: ATLANTA DREAM HEAD COACH MICHAEL COOPER TO TAKE SHORT MEDICAL LEAVE ATLANTA, July 21, 2014 – The WNBA Atlanta Dream announced today that head coach Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer, and will take a temporary leave of absence from the team. Cooper will undergo a surgical procedure this week at Winship…

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July 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

WNBA president Laurel Richie’s transcript from All-Star weekend

From the WNBA: TRANSCRIPT FROM WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE:   Good afternoon everyone from what is turning out to be a very, very warm Phoenix day, and that’s somehow fitting for the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All‑Star Game. I would like to begin by thanking the Phoenix Mercury for doing a terrific…

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Comments | More in WNBA | Topics: Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi

July 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Poll: Which game played in Seattle would you most want a ticket for?

The Storm won it’s 2004 WNBA championship at KeyArena before a sold-out crowd of 17,072 for Games 2 and 3 against Connecticut. Most in the crowd were walk-ups, the facility holding 9,686 for regular-season games. The place roared for every dazzling Betty Lennox shot and a mass of confetti fell when Seattle won, 74-60. It…

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July 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Storm guard Sue Bird headed to eighth WNBA All-Star game

Thanks to a nod Wednesday from WNBA president Laurel Richie, Storm PG Sue Bird will travel to the desert to participate in the league’s All-Star game. Bird, a 13-year veteran, was Richie’s injury replacement selection for Minnesota G Seimone Augustus (knee). “I wasn’t expecting it,” Bird said via phone Wednesday evening. She needs to be…

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Comments | More in Storm, TV Alert, WNBA | Topics: Diana Taurasi, Elena Delle Donne, Sue Bird

July 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Spokane’s Briann January selected as WNBA All-Star

Briann January, a former star from Lewis & Clark HS in Spokane, will make her first appearance as a WNBA All-Star on Saturday. The starting PG for Indiana was voted in by Eastern Conference coaches as a reserve for the East team. The game will be played at US Airways Center in Phoenix and airs…

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Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Pac-12, WNBA | Topics: Briann January, Stanford, Tamika Catchings

July 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Incoming Washington State guard to play for Greek national team

From WSU: Incoming Cougar Named To U18 Greece National Team Washington State women’s basketball incoming freshman Pinelopi Pavlopoulou has been selected to play for the Under-18 Greece National Team this summer. The U18 European Championship will be held July 17-27 in Matosinhos, Portugal. Greece is in Group B and will play Belgium July 17, Lithuania July 18…

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