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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 1, 2008 11:41 AM

Storm signs O'Neill

Posted by Jayda Evans

Teams can sign players to seven-day contracts beginning today, and the Storm promptly signed former Washington standout Kristen O'Neill. It's probably the best move the team could make to help its perimeter situation because O'Neill has been a practice player since being cut during training camp.

Storm coach Brian Agler is looking for "blue-collar" players, meaning those who'll do the dirty work. None get scrubbier than O'Neill. She's a solid defender, hustles to loose balls and was in comand of the practice squad -- knowing where each player in that group needed to be and the Storm's plays, as well. We'll see if this translates to being on the actual roster, however.

O'Neill can be signed to two seven-day contracts before the Storm has to make a decision to sign her through the remainder of the season or let her go.

Here's the release from the team:

SEATTLE, July 1, 2008 --The Seattle Storm announced today that guard Kristen O'Neill has been signed to a seven-day contract.

O'Neill played in two preseason games earlier this season for the Storm, averaging 2.5 points and 1.0 rebound per game. O'Neill played in Spain during the 2007 season. The 6-1 local player from Edmonds, Wash., is fifth all-time at the University of Washington in three-point field goals made.

The roster now stands at 12 players.

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