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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 8, 2008 3:04 PM

O'Neill retained by Storm

Posted by Jayda Evans

As expected, F Kristen O'Neill was signed to a second seven-day contract by the Storm. Here are the details from the team:

SEATTLE STORM SIGNS O'NEILL TO SECOND SEVEN DAY CONTRACT

SEATTLE, July 8, 2008 -- The Seattle Storm announced today that guard Kristen O'Neill has been signed to a second seven-day contract.

Since signing her first seven-day contract on July 1, O'Neill has played in two games against the New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx.

O'Neill also played in two exhibition games earlier this season for the Storm, averaging 2.5 points and 1.0 rebound per game. She played in Spain during the 2007 season. The 6-foot-1 player former star at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood iis fifth all-time at the University of Washington in three-point field goals made.

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July 8, 2008 11:10 AM

Checking in on Sacramento

Posted by Jayda Evans

Sacramento is last in the West, but that doesn't mean much since they're only four games out of first place. The Monarchs usually have a field day against the Storm at Arco Arena with their purple haze defense, we'll see if it's the same without longtime star C Yolanda Griffith, who's making her first trip home since leaving as a free agent in March.

The Monarchs are more concerned about themselves, so expect fans to give Yo a big welcome, then return to their aggressive cheering style to help snap their team out of a two-game losing slump. Both loses were on the road.

Seattle just began shoot-around at Arco Arena. Our newspaper didn't travel, but I should have an update soon about F Kristen O'Neill. She made the trip, but her seven-day contract expires today. She's expected to be signed to another, but it will be her last before coach Brian Agler has to make a decision to sign her for the remainder of the season or left her go. O'Neill could return to the practice squad and be signed through the remainder of the season later, too.

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July 8, 2008 10:29 AM

Mailbag: TV Alert

Posted by Jayda Evans

It's not confirmed by the Storm or FSN, but supposedly the station picked up three more Storm games to air this month. I've already told you about Saturday's matchup against Los Angeles, which will be F Lauren Jackson's sendoff for the Olympics. That's listed on FSN's Web site to air beginning at 7 p.m. PST. But the station also has apparently picked up road games on July 20 in Washington (although the Mariners play that day) and July 22 (at 10 a.m. PST) in Minnesota.

FSN also is expected to carry the July 27 game against Sacramento at KeyArena, which will be G Sue Bird (USA) and F Kelly Santos' (Brazil) sendoff for the Olympic Games. I'm still waiting for official word from the team, but employees have been mouthy about the dates, so here's an early alert for those that can't make it to games.

And for those keeping count, if FSN does air all of these games, a likelihood since there won't be any money coming in from the NBA this year, it matches the amount shown last season. A date in September also is being discussed, which would put the Storm at six televised games -- its total in 2000.

Hopefully this calms all of the TV questions out there. It took a while because of the uncertainty involving the former Sonics, but these broadcasts should be worth the wait. And yes, tonight's game will not be aired. You'll have to tune in to Dick Fain and Adia Barnes on 1150 AM KKNW for that.

As a special treat, though, "NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad" will devote an entire show to the Storm on Saturday on ABC. The five starters took the program on tours of practice and the city and some old footage of the 2004 championship is supposed to be included. Here's the official release:

NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad devotes an entire upcoming show to the Seattle Storm....7/12/08 at 1 pm ET, 3PT on ABC-TV.

This week, NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad takes a behind the scenes look at the WNBA's Seattle Storm and its newly-assembled all-star lineup. The show takes a ride to practice with 3-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes as she talks about making a change in her career after a legendary run as a member of the Houston Comets. Cameras also catch up with 1999 MVP Yolanda Griffith, who adds experience to the Storm front line and gives viewers an all-access look at Storm practice. Two-time WNBA champion Swin Cash left the Detroit Shock for the Storm, and she visits a scenic overlook in Seattle to talk about her career transition. The heart and soul of the team remains the inside-out tandem of point guard Sue Bird and two-time MVP Lauren Jackson, and viewers will see how they've accepted all the new players into the fold. The show combines newly-shot all-access footage with a trip back through the NBA Entertainment archives for a rare look at this group of star players looking to make a run at the WNBA title. An inside look at the Seattle Storm...this Saturday, 7/12/08 at 1 pm ET, 3PT on ABC-TV.

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