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September 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Tanisha Wright had a memorable 10th WNBA season

Storm G Tanisha Wright PHOTO: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times Series Note: The Storm did not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2003. The team held its exit interviews in August. This is the final entry in a 12-player series that featured conversations from the Seattle roster. In a new move, the WNBA…


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September 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Shekinna Stricklen gained more confidence

Storm F Shekinna Stricklen PHOTO: WNBA/Getty Images Series Note: The Storm did not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2003. The team held its exit interviews in August. This series will feature conversations from the 12-player roster. PG Sue Bird’s conversation was a feature used in the newspaper. In a…


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August 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

VIDEO: Sue Bird outplays Skylar Diggins to help Seattle beat Tulsa

Cue the Bee Gees cause the Storm (12-20) is staying alive in the playoff hunt. All-star point guard Sue Bird shined, finishing with 22 points, making 4 of 6 three-pointers, to help Seattle win, 74-68, against Tulsa on Sunday. Seattle guard Tanisha Wright made the late defensive stops against Shock all-star PG Skylar Diggins to seal…


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July 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Mailbag: Why didn’t Storm guard Noelle Quinn play?

Storm G Noelle Quinn PHOTO: Seattle Storm One sign a season is spiraling downward is sudden changes in lineups and rotation patterns. Storm coach Brian Agler did that Tuesday in a matchup against Phoenix at KeyArena. He swapped F Alysha Clark for F Shekinna Stricklen in the starting lineup, the latter’s first start of the…


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June 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Sue Bird closes in on record as Storm continues road trip

Storm G Sue Bird takes a shot against Connecticut PHOTO: NBAE/Getty Images Seattle continues its four-game road trip with a matchup at San Antonio on Friday. The game tips at 5pm PT on LiveAccess. It’s the first meeting of the season between the teams.  The Storm won last year’s series 3-2 despite All-Star…


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June 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Storm submits five players for the WNBA All-Star ballot; voting opens Tuesday

WNBA All-Star voting opens Tuesday at 11am PDT and concludes July 2. Fans have to vote for a traditional “starting five,” the Storm submitting Sue Bird, Tanisha Wright, Camille Little, Crystal Langhorne and Shekinna Stricklen as part of the official 60-player ballot representing the 12 WNBA teams. The WNBA will announce the All-Star starters on…


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April 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Storm opens WNBA training camp with unfamiliar faces

Storm forwards Mikaela Ruef (L) and Joslyn Tinkle Sunday was the oddest open to a Storm training camp since its inaugural season when Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson weren’t even thoughts for roster spots. Seattle held its first practice this season with six rookies and 2012 lottery pick Shekinna Stricklen and reserve Alysha Clark as…


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October 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Storm 2013 Exit Interveiws: Forward Shekinna Stricklen has a rocky second season


Storm F Shekinna Stricklen
PHOTO: WNBA/Getty Images

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.


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August 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Storm forward Shekinna Stricklen improving three-point shot


Storm F Shekinna Stricklen

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).


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October 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Storm Exit Interviews: The word from Shekinna Stricklen

StrickPractice.jpgSeries 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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