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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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August 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Washington freshman Katie Collier suffers season-ending knee injury

KCollier.jpgWashington can’t seem to escape its injury jinx, Katie Collier becoming the latest to dampen a previously highly anticipated season for the Huskies. The incoming freshman suffered a torn ACL in her right knee during a summer workout and will be out for the 2012-13 season.
Collier, a 6-foot-3 forward, is expected to have surgery later in August once the swelling subsides.
“I feel terrible because of all she has gone through this past year,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said in a released statement. “But at the same time, if there’s anyone who can handle this it’s her. She’ll be incredibly diligent in her rehab after surgery and no doubt in my mind she’ll come back stronger and better than ever.”
A McDonald’s All-American, Collier had already recovered this year from acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a type of blood/bone marrow cancer. She was diagnosed in September 2011, but was able to play minimal minutes for her Seattle Christian team by winter and made onlookers forget the cancer existed by the time she appeared in the March All-American game.


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July 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Storm centers Ann Wauters and Ewelina Kobryn injured

The Storm returned from a successful 2-1 road trip with a pair of injuries to its post rotation. Reserve C Ewelina Kobryn missed practice on Tuesday due to a strained right hamstring. She was able to ride a stationary bike, according to a team spokeswoman. C Ann Wauters missed Sunday’s win in Connecticut and practice due…


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