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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 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

EuroLeague Final Eight semifinals set; Tanisha Wright’s Kayseri knocked out (VIDEO)

Storm G Tanisha Wright had a solid third quarter and her Turkish club even made a splashy three-pointer to tie the game with 3.3 seconds left, but it wasn’t enough to advance out of pool play in the EuroLeague Final Eight. Wright finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for Kayseri Kaski…

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April 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Camille Little, Tanisha Wright drop EuroLeague Final Eight opener

Storm stars Camille Little and Tanisha Wright helped lead their Turkish team to a club-first EuroLeague Final Eight appearance held in Ekaterinburg this week. It’s also Wright and Little’s first time playing with the club, Kayseri Kaski spor. The team opened pool play Monday against Turkish rival Fenerbahce, which features WNBA All-Stars Cappie…

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March 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Storm guard Tanisha Wright: “Winning is winning.”

Storm stars Tanisha Wright and Camille Little did what was needed to help their Turkish team Kayseri Kaski spor advance to the prestigious EuroLeague Final Eight. Kayseri defeated Beretta Famila Schio 63-61 on Wednesday to clinch the deciding game in the best-of-three ELW series. Wright had 19 points and seven rebounds while Little…

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March 12, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Storm’s Tanisha Wright nears triple-double in EuroLeague first-round playoff win

Storm stars Tanisha Wright and Camille Little are making a little history for their Turkish team during the WNBA offseason. They didn’t aim to play together for Kayseri Kaski spor this winter but their respective agents were able to work deals that ended up with them both headed to Turkey and they’re continuing their…

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October 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Storm 2013 Exit Interviews: Tanisha Wright moved into co-captain role

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Storm G Tanisha Wright (30) high-fives teammates
PHOTO: Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

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 G Tanisha Wright, who took on the co-captain role as franchise leaders PG Sue Bird (knee) and C Lauren Jackson (hamstring) rehabilitated offseason surgeries. Wright, 29, was named to the All-WNBA Defensive First-Team. A 5-foot-11 slasher, she averaged 11.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds as she split offensive duties with PG Temeka Johnson. Wright also started a namesake blog during the season.

Seattle Times: It hasn’t been 24-hours since the loss, but how do you look back at the series with Minnesota?

Wright: The only thing for me is I’m not disappointed. I’m not disappointed in the effort. I’m not disappointed in the season. Being a competitor, you want to continue to play and play for a championship. But I think the effort that we’ve given this year (compared to) the expectations, we’ve exceed the box that people put us in. I’m happy with that. We exceed people’s expectations and met our own expectations.

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September 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Storm guard Tanisha Wright named to All-WNBA Defensive first team

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Storm star Tanisha Wright
PHOTO: Storm team photographer Neil Enns

Many disagreed with my selection of Storm G Tanisha Wright for All-WNBA first team, but, as the coaches see, the co-captain is one of the better defenders in the league. And, if I’m picking a first squad, I want a true, lock-down defender in my starting rotation. I’ll let the league press release break it down.

As a side note, Chicago F Elena Delle Donne is the 2013 Rookie of the Year while teammate Sylvia Fowles was named Defensive Player of the Year. Washington coach Mike Thibault is expected to be named Coach of the Year on Saturday when his team hosts Atlanta in Game 2 of its opening round series. Forwards Swin Cash (Chicago) and Tamika Catchings (Indiana) were the 2013 recipients of the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. On Thursday, the WNBA awarded Candace Parker as the 2013 MVP.

Congrats to all, especially Wright.

Tanisha Wright Named to 2013 WNBA All-Defensive First Team

Fourth Career Honor for Storm Guard

 

SEATTLETanisha Wright has been named to the 2013 WNBA All-Defensive First Team, the league announced today.

Wright, who is known for her lockdown defense, was selected to the First Team for the fourth time in her career. She was also designated with the honor in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.

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September 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

A look at 2013 WNBA attendance and what’s tweetable for the #WNBAPlayoffs

WNBAPlayoffsRookies Brittney Griner, the 6-foot-8 Phoenix center, and Elena Delle Donne, the 6-5 Chicago forward, did their job in drawing more fans to WNBA seats and telecasts for the 2013 season. Delle Donne’s Sky saw a 17 percent increase in attendance from the averaged 5,573 fans Chicago drew in 2012.

Phoenix saw a 9 percent bump from its 7,815 in 2012 while the Indiana Fever was third in increased attendance, up 8 percent from its 7,582 average in 2012. The WNBA conveniently stopped providing the hardcore averages for its attendance this season — percentages without reference to actual numbers does look better in print, you know — so it surmised its total attendance saw a 1 percent increase overall. The league averaged 7,457 fans in 2012, an all-time low.

Because I have a calculator and time, the Storm, sans All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, averaged 6,980 fans in 2013. In Seattle, where KeyArena’s environment and fans are the envy of the WNBA, the figure is a dramatic dip from the 7,489 fans in 2012 – which ranked seventh in the WNBA. The Storm’s best season remains its inaugural one in 2000 when it averaged 8,912. But since Force 10 Hoops purchased the team in 2008, the Storm has averaged more than 8,000 fans in three seasons (2008, 2010, 2011).

I blame this season’s dip more on a failure to market more than Bird and Jackson in the past, fans not knowing players like G Tanisha Wright, F Camille Little and the addition of F Tina Thompson are worth seeing, too, hence the 10th consecutive playoff berth. But I digress.

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September 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Jayda Evans’ picks for 2013 WNBA regular-season awards

WNBANew2Might as well start with Storm G Tanisha Wright, seeing how my mentioning of Wright as a first-team WNBA pick irked some on my Twitter timeline. It’s an opinion vote, so fans can have theirs and it can not count all the same. But mine isn’t a homer pick.

My ballot rules remain the same. A team has to reach the postseason to be considered. Only one pick broke that personal criteria this season, Tulsa’s Gary Kloppenburg as Coach of the Year. The Shock improved its win total, won the regular-season series against the Storm 3-2 to nearly clinch a playoff berth for the first time since relocating from Detroit in 2010 and Tulsa lost five games in overtime, which again, could have helped them get to postseason play. Considering this was done with a young squad that required tough decisions — benching a touted draft pick being one — Klop gets my nod despite not reaching the only goal in pro sports — postseason play to win a championship.

So, back to Wright and the team everyone said would be booty due to offseason surgeries in All-Star mainstays Sue Bird (knee) and Lauren Jackson (hamstring). The Storm finished 17-17, one better than last season with the hobbled stars. The Storm finished at .500, which either matched or is better than three of the Eastern Conference playoff teams. (FYI, there are only four playoff teams) Seattle swept No. 3 seed Phoenix and was 2-2 against No. 2 seed Los Angeles this season. What I’m saying is you can’t tell me Wright shouldn’t be considered a top player in the league because the Storm lost 17 games.

I vote by position — the old-school small forward, power forward, center, point guard, shooting guard lineup. The WNBA also requires voters to vote players by the position they start, so Candace Parker can play all over the court if coach Carol Ross would like, Parker is still a center on my ballot and not better than Sylvia Fowles (Chicago), so Parker is all-WNBA second-team.

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August 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Is the Storm bench coming together to help Seattle reach the playoffs?

StormLogoIn a Storm season sans All-Stars Lauren Jackson (hamstring) and Sue Bird (knee), it turns out consistency and not talent is Seattle’s biggest question mark. Co-captains Tanisha Wright and Camille Little solidified an entertaining¬† inside-outside bond in 2010. Tina Thompson is a living legend and Temeka Johnson is among the best PGs in the WNBA.

So, talent is there. Even reserves Tianna Hawkins, a 2013 first-round draft pick, Noelle Quinn, Ashley Robinson and Alysha Clark are respected in the league. But consistency among the group has been as elusive as championships. The weekend’s polarized games between San Antonio are a prime example, losing badly on Friday only to execute one of the Storm’s better games in a win on Sunday.

“Obviously that’s the goal, to try to be consistent,” Little said. “To me, even (Sunday’s win) wasn’t consistent. We played really well in the first half and let them back in in the second half and gave them some confidence and it became a game, again. We have to be able to carry over. We have some practice time (now) and hopefully we’ll be able to get into a good groove.”

Since the WNBA All-Star break, Seattle is 3-2 overall and appears to have the needed backup it’ll need for a true playoff push. It’s not even unrealistic to believe Seattle (10-12) could leapfrog Phoenix (12-11) to snag a coveted No. 3 seed. Based on Monday’s standings, that would be a first-round matchup against Los Angeles (16-7) — a better route to reaching the Western Conference finals.

Uhn? Exactly. But it can only happen with a solid bench.

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