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Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times reporter covering the Storm and college women’s basketball, has to take a timeout from the Women’s Hoops Blog because of an injury. Jayda suffered leg injury last weekend and will be taking time off for a couple of weeks.More
All-Star PG Sue Bird (Seattle) and Briann January (Lewis and Clark HS/Indiana) will play on the same team when USA Basketball hosts an intrasquad game Thursday at 4pm on ESPN2. The matchup is the first to make final decisions for USA Basketball’s FIBA World Championship team. The eventual 12-player roster will compete in the event in…More
The WNBA released its schedule on Wednesday. The Storm season-opener is May 26 in Los Angeles. The home-opener is against Phoenix at 6pm on June 2 at KeyArena. Seattle plays Phoenix and LA four times each this summer and has 10 weekend games overall.
But, of course, the news of the day is three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson opting to skip the 2013 season in order to fully recover from right hamstring surgery in January. The native Australian is already missing her WNBL season and said Wednesday she’s uncertain whether she’ll even be able to play for the Canberra Capitals in 2013-14.
“With the Capitals, what if in June I’m feeling great and running and want to play but I can’t?” said Jackson, who’s already forgoing a combined $400,000 to fully heal her body for the first time in her 12-year pro career. “There’s a team in Albury and I’ll be working out with them (eventually). I’m giving up a lot but I have to do this. And the team will probably be better from this as well.”
No one was blindsided by the decision. Storm coach and GM Brian Agler and Karen Bryant, the team’s CEO and president, were involved in talks since November. Both expressed concern for Jackson, not wanting her to experience any more pain. Bryant said the organization intimated to her in January that it would be OK to miss the season.
“We hadn’t yet ordered our bobbleheads,” Bryant joked of holding a planned giveaway for Jackson last year that the Olympian couldn’t attend due to commitments for being her country’s flag bearer at the London Games. “This is still pretty fresh, although we’ve known this was a possibility for a little bit here. We’re going to take on this challenge with a tremendous amount of resiliency and competitiveness. In some ways where excited for the challenge.”More
The Pac-12 Tournament will be held in Seattle for the first time in its 11-year history. Play for the conference’s automatic NCAA tourney bid is set for March 7-10 at KeyArena. Single-session tickets for as low as $10 are on sale as of Thursday.
Here’s the full release:
PAC-12 RELEASES SINGLE-SESSION TICKETS TO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Premiere Women’s Tournament March 7-10 at KeyArena in Seattle
The ESPN network will carry Washington’s matchup at Georgia Tech at 9am (PST) on Friday. The broadcast is on its online site, ESPN3.com. You can contact your local provider to see if you qualify for the feed or download the app on your mobile device and follow the steps there. You’ll need your cable billing account number and address to start.
Georgia Tech (4-5) reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last year and began the season ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll. But the Yellow Jackets suffered a three-game losing streak before defeating Alcorn State 76-49 on Sunday.
Junior Tyaunna Marshall was named ACC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high-tying 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting to help Tech win. She also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The GT-UW series began in 2010 under former Washington coach Tia Jackson. Tech, led by Tacoma’s Alex Montgomery, defeated the Huskies 60-27 at Hec Ed. Currently a reserve on the New York Liberty’s roster, Montgomery finished with 20 points and eight rebounds in the game.
UW redshirt senior Kristi Kingma and junior Kassia Fortier are the only players on the current Washington (7-2) roster who played in the game. Fortier appeared in five minutes while Kingma had six points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes. She was 1-for-5 from three-point range and 2-for-8 from the field overall.More
The Pac-12 didn’t let Wednesday’s apropos number sequence escape them. The 12-team conference is offering two general admission tickets for one session of the four-day tourney for $12. The 12-12-12 special holiday offer is only available on pac-12.com/tickets between 10am and 10pm (PST) on December 12.
In addition to the deal, all-session strips for the tournament are on sale to the general public starting at $50.
The tournament is scheduled for March 7-10 at KeyArena – a first in the conference’s 12-year history. The Storm ownership group’s side venture, Force 10 Sports Management, is a joint partner in marketing and ticket sales.
KeyArena will have the same upper-deck black curtains as with WNBA games, making capacity 9,686. But, as with Storm games, there’s the option to expand if needed.
The championship game between Stanford and California last year at Staples Center drew 1,845 and the total attendance was 7,720 for combined games at USC’s Galen Center and Staples. The declining attendance numbers since San Jose, Calif. held the four-day tournament, attracting a combined 19,004 fans in 2008, prompted a move to an area more supportive of women’s basketball.
Below is a look at the tournament’s promo video.
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Thanks for sharing your stories and condolences regarding the passing of Karen Rolstad, my friend and longtime Storm fan. They have been passed on to the family and they appreciate our sentiments. The Seattle Times published an obituary in the newspaper’s Northwest Thursday section today. You can read the entry online here, which is also…More
I hope this is appropriate. It’s not exactly the type of thing you call a grieving family to discuss. But because she’s one of my biggest fans, this is the only way I can say goodbye.
Karen Marie Rolstad died at 11:11 am on Sunday. She was originally diagnosed with endometrial cancer in April and due to other complications that diminished her health, she chose to die under the Death with Dignity Law in Washington state at the age of 74. She was surrounded by family and friends and is survived by her partner Jan of 38 years and their retired show dogs Mario and Tomas.
Karen is the reason I advise young journalists to respond to their readers.
Nearly a decade ago Karen wrote me the simplest email asking to meet. She didn’t want much, just to talk to me about the Storm and my writing. Karen thought I was a fine writer, probably to the annoyance of my former editor Cathy Henkel and current sports editor Don Shelton — the recipients of emails wanting more flattering pictures of the players and better space for stories of the only modern-day champion in Seattle. She’s a ferocious reader, so I was constantly flattered at my inclusion in her notes.
Karen loved the Storm and its example of strong female role models playing a sport Jan, the athletic one of the two, could never dream of doing because of the era they lived. The three of us met at places like Cafe Flora, Coastal Kitchen and B&O Espresso to talk. The favorite spot was Racha Noodle & Thai Cuisine in Queen Anne. Karen always carried lists of questions and sometimes books for me to read on little strips of paper. This was in addition to the email exchanges we had about life and the team. And infrequent chats at games. Until recently, Karen and Jan owned Storm season-tickets diagonally from press row. She was easy to spot because of her pouf of white hair and old school BluBlockers to protect from the KeyArena lighting.
Thanks for reading the Storm exit interview series. Follow me on Twitter (@JaydaEvans) for commentary about the best-of-five WNBA Finals matchup series between Minnesota and Indiana. Spokane PG Briann January and former Storm coach Lin Dunn are attempting to win their first title with the Fever. I’m shutting the blog down until we begin…More