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March 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Game Day: Links for No. 1 seed South Carolina, field at Seattle’s NCAA tourney site

Gonzaga was shipped out of Washington for the first time in its six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. The sixth-seeded Zags (29-4) will face No. 11 seed James Madison (28-5) in College Station, Texas at 2:30pm on ESPN. With the state’s best team gone, fresh new teams were sent to Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena…

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March 17, 2014 at 5:34 PM

TV Alert: Pac-12 Networks set to talk about conference NCAA tournament teams

The excitement of “Selection Monday” is over. ESPN unveiled the NCAA tournament field and Stanford supporters are hyped about the Cardinal (29-3) being a No. 2 seed. You can thank Washington for that. According to Carolayne Henry, the Division I women’s basketball committee chair,  Stanford’s one loss against an opponent with a low…

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October 12, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Storm 2013 Exit Interviews: Forward Alysha Clark thrived in bigger role

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Storm F Alysha Clark shoots a layup
PHOTO: Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

Series Note: The Storm was swept in the opening-round of the WNBA playoffs by Minnesota on Sept. 22. Game 2 was played at the Tacoma Dome due to a scheduling conflict at the team’s KeyArena court by one of its sponsors, Microsoft. Minnesota went on to win the WNBA championship as Seattle players dispersed to offseason destinations the following days after holding exit interviews with coaches and the media. This series will feature conversations from the 11-player roster.

The WNBA offseason won’t feel as long given news the league should generate on the business side. The league’s collective-bargaining agreement expired Sept. 30 and a new agreement will need to be in place before free-agency can open as tentatively slated in February. The 2014 WNBA schedule likely will be moved up to accommodate for the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Turkey from Sept. 27-Oct. 5.

Storm-wise, the team could remain the same in 2014. Here’s a conversation with F Alysha Clark, who had to play a bigger role in a season without franchise All-Stars PG Sue Bird (knee) and C Lauren Jackson (hamstring) due to offseason surgeries. Clark’s minutes in critical parts of the game increased as the season progressed. In her second WNBA season, she had career highs in points (12) and rebounds (9) in the playoffs but missed a pair of three-pointers late that could have helped Seattle avoid the sweep. She finished the season averaging 4 points on 45.3 percent shooting from the field in an averaged 15.3 minutes. Clark, 26, accepted a position to assistant coach this offseason at her alma mater, Middle Tennessee State.

Seattle Times: Your play improved this season, is there anything you plan to work on to make another return to the roster in 2014?

Clark: Just continuing to work on my guard skills. I agree, I’ve come a long way since last season and even my first season out of school (2010). So, I’m going to continue to get better at shooting and working on my mid-range game and just being confident with the ball in my hands. And I need to work on becoming a better defender, too.

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October 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Storm 2013 Exit Interviews: Tanisha Wright moved into co-captain role

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Storm G Tanisha Wright (30) high-fives teammates
PHOTO: Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

Series Note: The Storm was swept in the opening-round of the WNBA playoffs by Minnesota on Sept. 22. Game 2 was played at the Tacoma Dome due to a scheduling conflict at the team’s KeyArena court by one of its sponsors, Microsoft. Minnesota went on to win the Western Conference championship as Seattle players dispersed to offseason destinations the following days after holding exit interviews with coaches and the media. This series will feature conversations from the 11-player roster.

The WNBA offseason won’t feel as long given news the league should generate on the business side. The league’s collective-bargaining agreement expired Sept. 30 and a new agreement will need to be in place before free-agency can open as tentatively slated in February. The 2014 WNBA schedule likely will be moved up to accommodate for the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Turkey from Sept. 27-Oct. 5.

Storm-wise, the team could remain the same in 2014. Here’s a conversation with G Tanisha Wright, who took on the co-captain role as franchise leaders PG Sue Bird (knee) and C Lauren Jackson (hamstring) rehabilitated offseason surgeries. Wright, 29, was named to the All-WNBA Defensive First-Team. A 5-foot-11 slasher, she averaged 11.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds as she split offensive duties with PG Temeka Johnson. Wright also started a namesake blog during the season.

Seattle Times: It hasn’t been 24-hours since the loss, but how do you look back at the series with Minnesota?

Wright: The only thing for me is I’m not disappointed. I’m not disappointed in the effort. I’m not disappointed in the season. Being a competitor, you want to continue to play and play for a championship. But I think the effort that we’ve given this year (compared to) the expectations, we’ve exceed the box that people put us in. I’m happy with that. We exceed people’s expectations and met our own expectations.

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June 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Checking in with Storm forward Alysha Clark

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Storm F Alysha Clark

Storm reserve Alysha Clark has a different offseason planned this year. Instead of heading to Israel, she’ll join her alma mater, Middle Tennessee State, as an assistant coach.

Clark, 25, was named Player of the Year during all four years of college — twice in Atlantic Sun and twice in Sun Belt. She led the NCAA in scoring and set a school record with an average 27.5 points as a senior. She scored 48 points and hit the game-winning shot in the Sun Belt Championship game as a senior.

In coaching, Clark has dabbled in the field via AAU teams in the past and thought about making it a profession after MTSU coach Rick Insell mentioned it to her recently. She was officially hired on Thursday. Here, Clark talks about the new gig.

Seattle Times: So, is coaching something you always wanted to do?

Clark: Yeah, it’s always been in the back of my mind. I’ve coached AAU through high school and college and I just like being around it. This opportunity is a great opportunity. Being young, I figure, I don’t have a husband. I don’t have any kids. I can afford to try some different things and paths in finding which way I want to go.

Q: That area is still home for you, too, right?

Clark: Where Middle is from my hometown (Mount Juliet) is probably 45-minutes to an hour and where I live now is in between, so it’s perfect. It’s home.

Q: Did you have to really debate accepting the job?

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October 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Storm Exit Interviews: The Word from Alysha Clark

AClark12.jpgSeries note: The Storm conducted exit interviews on Oct. 4, giving me the opportunity to ask players everything from views on their season to fashion and hair tips. I’ll post conversations from each in the upcoming days. Centers Ewelina Kobryn (Poland) and Ann Wauters (Belgium) won’t be featured due to their quick return home. Here’s a conversation with wing Alysha Clark. A go-to player at Middle Tennessee State University, Clark has fought for three seasons to make a WNBA roster. She was expected to be a deep reserve with the Storm, and didn’t play a minute during the postseason series against Minnesota. But she was a key piece for Seattle during the regular-season due to injuries to teammates. Clark averaged 10.3 minutes in 23 games.
Q: You’re going back to Israel, what will you work on this offseason?
Clark: Definitely my shot. Tina (Thompson) helped me a lot as far as (shooting in) one motion. Not being herky-jerky, like she calls it. So, just being fluid in my shot. Also ball-handling, being comfortable with the ball in my hands whether it’s coming off a screen or for a pull-up jumper. Those are the main things I’m going to really focus on.
Q: You’ve been working on that since leaving college in 2010, is it still a difficult transition going from a post player at MTSU to a wing in the WNBA?
Clark: Yeah. It’s more of a confidence thing because I’ve been working on ball-handling and shooting, but actually putting it in game situations is completely different. I’m a perfectionist, so I don’t want to mess up or make mistakes. I avoid doing it until I’m comfortable enough with it. I’m going to kinda have to force myself to get past that because that’s going to be the deal-breaker for me whether I can stay in this league or not. Obviously I want to. With the shot thing, I shot when I was a post but it wasn’t the first thought. When I caught it up top, I was like, ‘OK, let me find somebody to pass it to.’ Now, it’s having that mentality of shoot-first from out here. It’s just a mental thing and that’s going to be the hardest part.
Q: Did you see progress over the course of the season?
Clark: I did. In the beginning, I was a little shaky at first. As the season went on and talking to Katie (Smith) and Birdy (Sue Bird) and Tina and Milli (Camille Little), just on different aspects of stuff, they helped plant those seeds in my head to be able to be comfortable with it. (They) gave me that little confidence boost that I needed.

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