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April 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Storm coach Brian Agler talks rookies; Tianna Hawkins responds to being traded

Storm coach Brian Agler sounded defensive when I suggested he plays more to win now and doesn’t prefer true rookies on his WNBA team. It’s what the facts show when looking at his history since being hired in 2008. Only one draft pick remains after Agler, who’s also the team’s general manager, traded F…

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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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November 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Storm 2013 Exit Interviews: Tianna Hawkins and Joslyn Tinkle learn from veterans

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Storm rookies Joslyn Tinkle (L) and Tianna Hawkins enjoy a night out with teammates
PHOTO: Courtesy of Tina Thompson’s Instagram account

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 WNBA 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 rookies Tianna Hawkins and Joslyn Tinkle. Hawkins, 22, had a typical rookie season. The No. 6 overall draft pick, she was challenged by coach Brian Agler to earn her minutes in practice and had a few standout games for the Storm. She scored a career-high 17 points with four rebounds in a loss to Tulsa in June and contributed 13 points with six rebounds in a win against Phoenix in August. Hawkins was inconsistent in learning Agler’s system and didn’t play in Game 2 of the playoff loss. Tinkle, 22, a was a late add due to foot surgery after a standout career at Stanford. A 6-foot-3 post, she earned a spot on the playoff roster but only appeared in six regular-season games and two minutes in Game 1 of the postseason.

Seattle Times: What did you think of your rookie season?

Hawkins: It was a great season, just being part of a special team. Going into the season people had shaky predictions of how well we were going to do in the season. Just to make it to the playoffs and also be part of a special team has been great.

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