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Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"

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June 2, 2007 10:16 PM

Brazilian defender

Posted by Jayda Evans

The Storm finally started requesting for their fans to write-in Iziane Castro Marques as a nominee on the All-Star ballot, a smart move after the faux pas of having Barbara Turner on the league-issued official ballot even though Turner was primarily a reserve last season. Also a good move because muddled in the Storm's past two games has been some impressive play by the Brazilian Olympian, especially on the defensive end.

San Anotonio guard Becky Hammon, who scored 21 against Seattle in the first of the four-game series, was held to a season-low 12 tonight on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. Hammon also only had four assists. The Storm did switch a lot during the game, even forward Lauren Jackson ended up on Hammon at one point, but Castro Marques was one of the main players disrupting Hammon's game.

Castro Marques was also aggressive underneath the hoop, collecting seven boards. It wasn't enough, however, she was 2 for 9 from the field for 10 points - shooting quick threes. But if you take her improved defense and solid offensive games to open the season, Castro Marques surely deserves a vote.

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