Topic: Tianna Hawkins
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November 1, 2013 at 10:00 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 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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