Topic: Noelle Quinn
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October 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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 wing Noelle Quinn, who was versatile in a season without franchise All-Stars PG Sue Bird (knee) and C Lauren Jackson (hamstring) due to offseason surgeries. Quinn, 28, started as a starter but willingly moved to the bench to help Storm coach Brian Agler create a different look to get wins. Quinn was used more as the season progressed and second-year wing Shekinna Stricklen struggled to play defense and score. Quinn averaged 5.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. She also opened a Twitter account this summer.
Seattle Times: This is a quick turnaround after the Game 2 loss, any insights after a night’s rest?
Quinn: We fought hard and I don’t think we have anything to hang our heads about. We were in the game the whole entire time and it was actually fun. We got to show that we were able to compete with the elite of the league. We have that to build on for next year.
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