Topic: Shekinna Stricklen
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October 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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 Shekinna Stricklen, who needed to provide more offense as franchise All-Stars PG Sue Bird (knee) and C Lauren Jackson (hamstring) rehabilitated offseason surgeries. Stricklen, 23, had a rocky sophomore season, however. Her minutes as a starter decreased in the postseason with teammates Noelle Quinn and Alysha Clark playing better off the bench. Stricklen averaged 10 points and 2.8 rebounds. For every three-pointer made this season, Stricklen donated money to her former college coach’s Pat Summitt Foundation, which gives grants to nonprofits that provide education, awareness, support and research for Alzheimer’s and those affected by it. Stricklen made 54 three-pointers for a donation of $1,350.
Seattle Times: What was your impression of the season?
Stricklen: Overall, I thought it was a pretty good season. For me personally, I had some good moments and bad moments. I’ve grown somewhat from last year but there are still some things I can work on.
August 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM
One of the toughest things to do as an athlete is go public with a prediction. Ask Matt Hasselbeck. But Second-year Storm G/F Shekinna Stricklen went on the ledge and announced in June she was going to donate $25 to the Pat Summitt Foundation for every three-point shot she makes in the 2013 season.
Stricklen promptly went 10-of-38 from three-point range in her following 10 games.
“I was more anxious,” Stricklen said of her struggle after going public with her pledge. “I really want to help. The more threes I make, the more I can give. So, I was anxious. But now I’m being more confident and just playing the game.”
Stricklen settling into the outside shot since the All-Star break has not only increased her donation, it has also increased the Storm’s chances of clinching a WNBA-record 10th consecutive playoff berth. The former Tennessee star is 29-of-60 from three-point range in August alone (48.3 percent).
October 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Series 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 Shekinna Stricklen. The No. 2 overall draft pick worked her way into key minutes as the season progressed. She averaged 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds, playing 31 games off the bench and starting three. During the open-round playoff series against Minnesota, she averaged 17.3 minutes, 6.7 points and 4.3 boards.
Q: You’re going overseas to play in Turkey, where?
Stricklen: I don’t know how to pronounce the name. I think it starts with a ‘B.’
Q: Seriously? So, you’re just hopping a flight and hoping you land in the right spot?
Stricklen: (Laughs), yeah.
Q: How do you feel about your first season overseas?
Stricklen: I’m a little nervous, but I’m really excited. It’s a new experience. Just being over there by myself, I’m a little nervous about that. But I think everything will be all right.
Q: Why did you sign in Turkey?
Stricklen: I trust my agent, Boris Lelchitski. My teammates from Tennessee and friends said it was a pretty good (league). And he (Boris) said it was a good team.
Q: The reason why I ask, too, is because it’s one of the more competitive leagues in Europe, did your competition play a role?
Stricklen: Actually I think this team (Homend Antakya) was looking at me throughout the college season. They’ve been talking to my agent and I’ve been talking to them the last few months through email and stuff, so it seems pretty good.
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