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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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July 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

WNBA All-Star starters named and mainstay Sue Bird not listed

Technically Storm PG Sue Bird has already missed her first All-Star start. She didn’t play the 2013 WNBA season due to offseason knee surgery. Bird remained on the roster and was paid, however, so her not being selected to the All-Star game in Connecticut last year broke her streak of seven consecutive appearances as…

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June 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

All-Star Courtney Vandersloot out with knee injury

Chicago PG Courtney Vandersloot sustained an injury to her left knee in Friday’s win against the New York Liberty. Vandersloot, the No. 3 overall draft pick in the 2011 draft, played 32 minutes but was 0-for-6 from the field, finishing with two points, four assists and four turnovers in the game. An MRI confirmed a…

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June 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

WNBA releases first tally for All-Star game, voting ends July 2

From the WNBA: YOUNG STARS, VETERAN STALWARTS LEADING THE WAY AS 2014 WNBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE EARLY RETURNS ANNOUNCED – Second-Year Standout Delle Donne, Rookie Schimmel Pacing East – – Veteran Mainstays Moore, Parker, Taurasi Atop West – NEW YORK, June 24, 2014 – The Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne, who last year became the…

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June 2, 2014 at 7:08 AM

TV Alert: WNBA stars vs. men from “The Bachelorette”

Confession: I watch “The Bachelorette.” I know, but as a married woman I feel I have the right to make fun of single people desperately looking for love via reality TV. Who doesn’t love a good meltdown? That’s not yours or your kid’s, of course. Dude cracking a few weeks ago about the whole thing being…

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February 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Tamika Catchings, Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner inspire communities

The WNBA grabbed plenty of headlines this offseason. But aside from ownership changes and overseas player updates, there has been some big news regarding community outreach with some of the players. Earlier this month Elena Delle Donne, the WNBA Rookie of the Year, was named a global Special Olympics ambassador. The organization has long been…

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July 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

TV Alert: USA Basketball, WNBA All-Star Game on tap during Seafair weekend

WNBAAllStar2013Thank goodness for my iPad. It’s going to be a busy weekend trying to fit in my first live Renton River Days and Seafair weekend (can’t wait to see the Miss Seafair coronation at the Torchlight Parade) while also keeping up with the FIBA U19 World Championship and 2013 WNBA All-Star Game, the league’s 11th annual.

The WNBA is up first online at ESPN3.com. The league will air the Western and Eastern Conference practices from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday at noon PT. Storm All-Star Tina Thompson will rep Seattle. Follow her Instagram account (@iamtinathompson) for cool pics from the weekend and even the kickoff with former teammates and family after Seattle defeated her native Los Angeles on Thursday at Staples Center.

Next up is the USA U19 squad. The winner of the Americans game against Japan on Friday will face Australia in the U19 World Championship semifinal in Lithuania on Saturday. In-coming Washington freshman PG Kelsey Plum is on the team, although UConn stars Breanna Stewart (18.2 points), Morgan Tuck (15.3 points) and Duke standout Alexis Jones (4.5 assists) are the headliners.

The first semifinal matchup airs on ESPN3 at  8am PT between Spain (7-0) and France (6-1). The Aussies (6-1) are expected to play the Americans at 10:15am on ESPN3.com on Saturday.

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July 18, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Storm not represented among WNBA All-Star starters

StormLogoThe WNBA named its All-Star starters and for the first time since PG Sue Bird was drafted with the top overall pick in 2002, the Storm doesn’t have a rep among the five Western Conference starters. Phoenix stars Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner will line up with Candace Parker (Los Angeles), Maya Moore (Minnesota) and Seimone Augustus (Minnesota).

Storm F Tina Thompson could be named as a reserve when those are announced July 23. If not, the Storm will not have an All-Star for the first time in the organization’s history. F Camille Little (2,608 votes), G Temeka Johnson (2,521), G Tanisha Wright (1,782), and wing Noelle Quinn (981) were far behind in fan voting.

Seattle is 6-9 this season, hosting Los Angeles on Saturday at KeyArena.

Chicago rookie Elena Delle Donne, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, was the leading vote-getter with 35,646. She’s the first rookie in WNBA history to lead all voters. Yet her tally is far behind the record. Bird was the leading vote-getter in 2007 with 128,838 All-Star votes. It surpassed then-Houston F Sheryl Swoopes’ mark of 124,575 set in 2003.

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May 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM

WNBA bound: Where former local high school stars are aiming to make pro rosters

Minnesota rookie Lindsey Moore was the 12th pick in the WNBA draft

Minnesota rookie Lindsey Moore was the 12th pick in the WNBA draft

WNBA training camp opens Sunday and rosters have been set with a league-limit of 15. Official season rosters will be announced May 23 with a league-limit of 11 players.

The Storm’s opening day is full of question marks without mainstays Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson. The same can be said for our state’s former prep stars. But the list of those local players looking to play in the WNBA continues to grow. Here’s a look at who’s where:

Ashley Corral, point guard, Prairie High School, Washington Mystics

Outlook: Cut from 2012 Storm training camp, then played in China. New Mystics roster features veteran point guards, so chances are slim.

Briann January, point guard, Lewis and Clark HS, Indiana Fever

Outlook: Led Fever to the franchise’s first WNBA championship in 2012. Experienced a strong offseason in Israel.

Cathrine Kraayeveld, forward, Lake Washington HS, Atlanta Dream

Outlook: Averaged 15.4 minutes as a reserve in 2012. Dream has new coaching staff, meaning role could change for the nine-year veteran.

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March 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

UPDATE: ESPN inks six-year extension with WNBA and league changes logo

The WNBA signed a six-year extension with ESPN that is separate from the network’s NBA deal, according to breaking news from Sports Business Daily. Sources said the deal is worth $12M per year, which amounts to about $1M per WNBA team, and runs through the 2022 season. Along with the broadcast announcement, WNBA More

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