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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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December 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

WNBA NOTES: New rules, status, extensions and a move to prime time

The WNBA brass convened last month and Renee Brown, the WNBA’s chief of basketball operations and player relations, revealed its decision on new rules Thursday morning. Sorry, there’s no anti-tanking rule to protect what many believed Phoenix was guilty of last season to grab a coveted No. 1 overall draft pick. And, thankfully, UConn legendary coach Geno Auriemma’s idea to lower rims in women’s basketball also wasn’t installed.

Here’s the release on the rulings the league did make:

The WNBA will implement new rules regarding flopping and defensive three-seconds, while also extending the three-point line, Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations Renee Brown announced today following the league’s Board of Governor’s Meeting. The rules will go into effect beginning with the 2013 season.

“Flops that are intended to mislead referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into believing a foul call was missed are a detriment to the game,” Brown said. “With that, both the Board of Governors and the Competition Committee felt strongly that a player who, upon video review by the league, is believed to have committed a flop will, after an initial warning, be given an automatic penalty.”

“Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that, upon review, reasonably appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.

The primary factor in determining if a player committed a flop is whether her physical reaction to an action by another player (whether or not that action resulted in contact) is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force, direction, or nature of the action of the other player. An example would be a player who lunges, flails, or falls following minimal or non-existent contact with an opponent.

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