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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 14, 2007 2:00 PM

Freebies

Posted by Jayda Evans

First cool sighting on the way to the All-Star Game was a T-shirt worn by a young female basketball player at SeaTac Airport that read, "Basketball: Invented by men. Perfected by women." Too bad that was the only sighting until reaching practice at a Boys & Girls Club today.

The Women in Faith convention was booked about a year in advance at the Verizon Center, not allowing the WNBA to hold its traditional events at the arena. In fact, they can't even hang a banner, so you really wouldn't know the game is even happening. And trust me on that, I'm staying across the street from the facility.

The WNBA can't move its hoopla in until 3:30 a.m. Sunday and the fan jam had to be a few blocks away, too, but that's good because it's in a vacant parking lot.

The convention also meant there wasn't a public practice, which irked many fans, including those who made the trip from Seattle. But Washington Mystics fans didn't miss out. Those who have been season-ticket holders since the team's inception in 1998 were invited to their practice and loaded up with freebies, including autographs from players and watching their kids participate in shooting drills.

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