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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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July 3, 2007 7:53 AM


Posted by Jayda Evans

Brett Smith of Seattle writes, "Any idea who that team of girls in the blue sweatsuits were at the Storm game [Sunday night]. Were they a junior national team or something?"

Basketball teams sure do stick out, huh? But the group isn't quite ready for the national level. The 25 high school ballers actually are attending a Nike camp in Portland and drove up for the Storm's game against New York. College standouts Sylvia Fowles (Louisianna State) and Charde Houston (Connecticut) were group leaders, serving as camp counselors. (If Storm coach Anne Donovan has her way, Fowles will be on the 2008 Olympic team).

The girls had a photo-op with All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson after the game. Both are sponsored by Nike and when Bird offered a pair of her kicks, you would have thought you were at a taping of one of Oprah's charity giveaway shows the shrills were so loud. One player, who had to be 6 feet 6, shouted to Jackson that she knew they wore the same shoes, so Jackson had someone grab a pair of hers to give the girl.

"I'm glad I'm going to be retired before they start playing in the league, they're huge," said Jackson, a 6-5 power forward.

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