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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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August 20, 2008 11:55 AM

The word from Jackson

Posted by Jayda Evans

Storm star Lauren Jackson has been on the phone with coach Brian Agler and her Seattle-based agent practically non-stop this week discussing her decision to have surgery. Those who have followed Jackson know she has a high level of pain threshold, but she was told by doctors that this procedure needed to happen now or basically she wouldn't really have a future in the sport.

In this link, she talks about how the right ankle bothers her, but in typical Jackson fashion, she still downplays the injury with a proclamation that she'll be "fine." According to her agent, the announcement was made now so that Australia wouldn't have any further distractions as it tries to make it to the gold-medal game.

And for those still trying to understand Jackson, here's a quote ran in an Australian newspaper before the Beijing Games began:

"I just read a really good quote from Madonna, who is struggling," Jackson told The Daily Telegraph. "She's going through a lot and she said: 'Anything that's worth doing is worth dying for' and I think that's exactly how I feel. I'm going to put my heart and soul into (winning) the gold medal and this team's program I would do anything for -- there's no limitations. The gold medal is something I desperately, desperately want. That's all I want."

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August 19, 2008 7:18 PM

Lauren Jackson out

Posted by Jayda Evans

Mark Storm star Lauren Jackson down as the latest to undergo surgery that will cause her to miss the post-Olympic portion of the WNBA season. Jackson, a 6-foot-5 forward, plans to have arthroscopic surgery on her right ankle in Sydney, which will take four to six weeks to heal. If she's lucky and the Storm can win without her, she'll be back in time for the WNBA Finals slated to begin on Oct. 1.

But I wouldn't count the Storm as that lucky. True, Seattle went 3-2 without Jackson prior to the break and only Houston and Connecticut ended on hot notes, posing the most threat to date for post-Olympic play. But the Storm has five games on the road and plays five teams with playoff dreams. Only six games separate the worst (Phoenix) and best (San Antonio) teams in the West. Plus the Storm wants to stay away from LA in the opening round in case Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie find a point guard that can help them tear it up in the postseason.

Seattle will need a sure-fire scorer and doesn't have one to date to draw attention to even begin to help Sue Bird, Swin Cash, or Sheryl Swoopes be effective long-term. And don't tell me Tanisha Wright or Camille Little are ready to take on that role. They'll have to continue to play big, but I'm not seeing them lead the Storm through the playoffs until Jackson returns.

This injury must be bad in order for Jackson to ditch the WNBA. But as coach Brian Agler said on Monday, "not enough to hold her out of some real high-level competition." So, the WNBA regular season isn't "high-level" enough for Jackson? Reading the articles, I thought she'd pull through the WNBA season. Yet she must be doing that for the Olympics, which she'll continue to play in, and will have to shut it down in order to return to Russia where she makes her real money.

Either way, it's a lot for Bird and the rest of the Storm to now carry. Five games were doable, but not through the remainder of the season and some postseason play. Agler may have an "equal opportunity offense" but he needed Jackson as the star figure in it.

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August 19, 2008 11:15 AM

No dunk for Fowles

Posted by Jayda Evans

PTayOly.jpgTeam USA dominated South Korea today, making reserve Sylvia Fowles' potential to dunk against the shorter squad the only real reason to tune in at 5 this morning. But guard Katie Smith botched the only workable pass to the 6-foot-6 center. Oh well, but I doubt she or Candace Parker gets another chance against Russia on Thursday given the Russians' size and competitive nature since it is a rematch of the Americans' loss in the 2006 World Championship game.

Team USA was still entertaining, winning 104-60. At one point broadcaster Ann Meyers started talking about Fowles and Parker and how they're the future of America's frontline, doing things we haven't seen before from post players. It had me thinking about how Team USA is probably set for another three consecutive gold medals, considering the emerging Brittney Griner, who is 6-8. She's already dunking with ease as a high school senior and committed to play at Baylor. If she pans out, how is anyone in the world going to contend with a frontline of Parker (6-5), Fowles and Griner?

No wonder Australia is gunning so hard to defeat Team USA in Beijing. That's only if they advance, however, and the recent injury to forward Penny Taylor will hurt. The Opals don't have depth like Team USA and cannot win without Taylor, a three-point specialist. According to reports, she's icing the injury every two hours and is hopeful to play in a would-be gold-medal game. She is not expected to play in the semifinal matchup against China on Thursday.

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August 18, 2008 1:30 PM

Santos returning?

Posted by Jayda Evans

LJOly.jpgPool play in Olympic women's basketball is complete and after a 1-4 finish by Brazil, Storm forward Kelly Santos' dreams of leading her country through the medal rounds are dashed. Storm coach Brian Agler said he hasn't spoken to Santos, but does anticipate her back in Seattle "shortly," which could be before her expected return on Sunday.

"A lot depends on her team travel, but she didn't travel over with the team so I don't know if she'll travel back [with them]," Agler said. "I don't have a definition for shortly."

Santos' best showing was in a loss to Australia when she frustrated forward Lauren Jackson (right) and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Watching in Seattle, Storm center Ashley Robinson said she was inspired by the game.

"Kelly was balling!" said Robinson, whose younger sister called to be sure Robinson was watching the matchup. "That motivated me. She's playing so well, kind of different. She's obviously working hard, so we need to work hard. I was so impressed."

The eight Storm players practicing will have this week to continue working on drills together, then will focus on preparing for Houston next Monday. But driving in from her Kirkland home, forward Sheryl Swoopes said she's already antsy to begin playing.

Swoopes hasn't watched much of the Olympics because of the early start times, but said she'll begin to focus on the Games now that Team USA is out of the dull pool play. She said she's anticipating another USA-Australia showdown for the gold medal. The Opals begin medal-round play against Czech Republic while Team USA faces South Korea, which features former Storm guard Sunmin Jung (above, left corner).

"We use the preliminary rounds to work on our stuff to get better for the next round," said Swoopes, a three-time Olympic gold medalist. "But I don't think there's anybody that can beat us, I really don't. At the same time, I know Lauren is determined. I really feel if Australia can beat the U.S., then Lauren will have accomplished everything that she's set out to accomplish in basketball. And she is just determined to do that. It'll be a very good game, but they don't have enough."

Yet, if Jackson does somehow get to the gold-medal game to face Team USA and does win, don't worry about her ditching the Storm. I've covered her since her rookie season and don't feel she's that type of athlete, although I could see her delaying her return to celebrate with her country.

Swoopes, who mentored Jackson since the 2000 Olympics when the Aussie was just 19, agreed with me regarding Jackson's loyalty to the Storm.

"Instead of her saying, 'We won gold, I'm going back home,' Lauren is more the type of person to say, 'We won gold and now I'm going back to Seattle to win a championship and I'm going to win MVP,' " Swoopes said. "She wants to keep piling it on. That [Jackson not returning] has never been a concern of mine. If they won gold, she's come back fired up and better than she already is."

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August 18, 2008 12:50 PM

Becky Hammon getting testy

Posted by Jayda Evans

Just in case you missed it in our Olympic coverage, columnist Steve Kelley caught up with San Antonio guard Becky Hammon, who is playing for Russia, and asked some follow-up questions. Seems Hammon doesn't like the topic anymore. Read the full post here.

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August 16, 2008 8:00 AM

Big Lo benefit reminder

Posted by Jayda Evans

The self-proclaimed "Seattle's Biggest Fan," Lorin "Big Lo" Sandretzky, is holding his benefit on Sunday from 4-9 p.m. at the Last Supper Club in Pioneer Square. Big Lo is a fixture at Storm games, currently sitting behind the visitor's bench to cheer on the women. He was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is holding the benefit to help pay for medical bills. Local sports celebrities and other notables are scheduled to attend. You can read more about the benefit here.

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August 15, 2008 8:07 AM

Team USA rolls on

Posted by Jayda Evans

I really want to blog about the actual games Team USA is playing, but any time you have shots of PG Sue Bird seated cross-legged on the bench cracking jokes and playing with her ponytail, as she was shown in the win against Mali, you know the game is boring. I am impressed with the reserves, however, especially first-time Olympians Sylvia Fowles and Candace Parker. But I'm hoping the medal rounds produce more competition for Team USA.

Regardless, they continue to dominate, defeating Spain 93-55 today. They did make it interesting with just a five-point lead at the break, but as expected, Spain crumbled in the second half. Read more here.

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August 14, 2008 12:47 PM

More on Swin Cash

Posted by Jayda Evans

Got an early phone call today, clearly Swin Cash didn't read the part in the sports media handbook that read we don't get up early. Anyway, she wanted to reveal a little more about her medical condition.

Turns out the Storm forward had a cortisone injection in her lower back and was told by doctors that the only way it would truly benefit her is with rest. Storm coach Brian Agler agreed to this, according to Cash and her agent, but wanted her to participate in some of the team's "training camp" before starting the post-Olympic portion of the season. He laid all of this out for her and Cash elected to take the fine/benching and go to New York to be part of NBC's broadcasting crew for the Olympics.

When asked again today about the benching and fine when Cash would not be able to participate anyway, Agler refused to comment further, saying he said everything on Tuesday. In that interview, he related Cash's situation to when players return late from overseas play because they want to rest at home before reporting to camp. Or, like in Lauren Jackson's case, want to celebrate a championship. To Agler, the fining is in fairness to the team.

Team co-owner Lisa Brummel attended practice today, but when asked about the Cash situation, she said she had no comment. "I'm leaving that up to the coaching staff and players. I just like to watch practice," she said. It was humorous that when we started talking about the Games, she said she can't stand commentary.

"But that's what Swin Cash, one of your players, does," I teased.

"I don't like any commentary for any sport," she said with a laugh.

Given the facts, the fine/benching is confusing to an outsider. In 2004, former Storm starter Sheri Sam missed part of practice during the Olympic hiatus to attend the Games in Athens to watch friends Jackson and Katie Smith play. Sam also wanted to be supportive of Jackson, who lost her grandmother that summer. Regardless, the move irked former coach Anne Donovan, who benched Sam.

I can understand the Sam benching, but I don't know why Agler needs Cash in Seattle when she is rehabbing in New York. Every few minutes the Storm name is mentioned during the Olympic women's basketball broadcasts, which is good for the WNBA and Seattle. Like her agent said, it's not like Cash is out "boozing in New York having a good time" and not preparing for the return to WNBA action.

"I will be ready to play and go to war with my teammates on Aug. 28," Cash reiterated this morning. "We should be talking about us getting ready as a team to play Houston. Not me and my back."

I guess we'll only know if that's true once play resumes. As far as teammates go, Agler again circled the wagons and told players not to comment. Center Yolanda Griffith would only say that "the eight people that are here at practice are the only people I'm focused on."

The Storm scrimmaged today in six-minute sessions and talked about the offense. Tomorrow Agler said the focus would be on defense.

Forward Sheryl Swoopes, who's on hairstyle No. 5 (a summery blond bob), returned to the court after missing Tuesday's session with a bruised heel. Agler believes she'll benefit most from the break because her nagging injuries need rest. Griffith said her left knee and ankle are better.

The real issue is Cash. If play resumes and she's inconsistent like she was heading into the break, how will you as a fan react?

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August 12, 2008 3:47 PM

Checking in on the Storm

Posted by Jayda Evans

The Storm returned to practice on Saturday after 12 days off as part of the league-wide hiatus for the Summer Games. Players bolted to places like Miami and Indianapolis to relax with family and do "nothing," as G Tanisha Wright said.

When doors were opened to media for practice today, C Ashley Robinson immediately caught the eye because she was sporting a pink-feathered tiara. Yes, it's her 26th birthday and "wanted to make sure everybody knows," as reasoning for wearing the crown during free throws.

Teammate Shyra Ely's 25th birthday was Saturday, but she didn't get any fancy headgear. "I'm a queen anyway," she said.

Eight players are currently practicing since PG Sue Bird (Team USA), PF Lauren Jackson (Australia), and F Kelly Santos (Brazil) are competing in the Beijing Games. SF Swin Cash is part of NBC's broadcasting crew in New York, which is sort of an excused absence, yet coach Brian Agler said Cash will be fined for every practice she misses just as any other player would. More on that later.

According to Robinson, the sessions "are almost like basketball camp. We're doing a lot of drills at the beginning, those fundamental drills that you need, but don't have the time to do. And we're working three-on-three, four-on-four, and five-on-five."

F Sheryl Swoopes is hampered by a bruised left heel and did not participate today, but is expected to be fine when play resumes on Aug. 28. The coaching staff wanted to get her and C Yolanda Griffith some rest anyway due to nagging injuries.

Spotted at practice today was former Washington State star Kyle Weaver. He was just traded to Okalahoma City and wore Sonics gear as he shot baskets with Seattle native Spencer Hawes (Sacramento) and new teammates Jeff Green and Nick Collison.

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August 12, 2008 9:49 AM

Storm gets artsy

Posted by Jayda Evans

Missing the Storm? Well, you still have to wait until Aug. 28 to catch them on the court, but you could checkout the Seattle Art Museum's Impressionism exhibit and have guards Sheryl Swoopes and Katie Gearlds read to your kids. Or you, if you don't have kids.

Swoopes and Gearlds are hosts of "The Art of Reading with the Seattle Storm" from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday at the museum's South Hall. The players will read Impressionism-inspired stories and take participants on a tour of their favorite paintings. True, Swoopes and Gearlds are cool, but the art alone is worth the trip!

Here's the full press release from the team:


Sheryl Swoopes and Katie Gearlds to read stories and offer their own take on Impressionist paintings in "My Favorite Things" tours of Inspiring Impressionism exhibition

SEATTLE -- August 6, 2008 -- On Wednesday, Aug.13, from 3:30-5 p.m., two of Seattle's most valuable cultural assets -- the Seattle Storm's star players and the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) -- will join forces to bring reading and art to children and teens in a new and dynamic way. During The Art of Reading with the Seattle Storm, Sheryl Swoopes and Katie Gearlds will read Impressionism-inspired stories and take turns leading their own, personalized "My Favorite Things" tours in the museum's exhibition Inspiring Impressionism: the Impressionists and the Art of the Past. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Art Museum's South Hall, at the entrance at 1st Avenue and University Street. Individuals who would like to attend the free program may register by emailing

"At times young people feel like the arts and their real lives are unrelated. Sometimes we don't realize how much art and literature are ingrained in our everyday lives--from funky flyers and interesting ads to creative children's book illustrations and mind-blowing paintings in a museum," said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Kayla Skinner Deputy Director for Education & Public Programs at the Seattle Art Museum. "We are thrilled to team up with these incredible women from the Seattle Storm to demonstrate fun ways that reading and art can become part of one's daily life."

The Art of Reading with the Seattle Storm will group participants for age-appropriate art tours and literary experiences. The involvement of well-known Seattle Storm players will help kids learn that books and museums are important resources for every person within the community, and that each individual can find their own, unique way to experience both on a regular basis.

"As a child I never really had an opportunity to interact with adults and culture in a stimulating environment. This program shows kids how important it is to read, to be inspired by art and to excel in new areas," said Sheryl Swoopes. "As athletes we know that we can play a powerful role in showing how these experiences can be both enriching and exciting."

The partnership between SAM and the Storm came about as both institutions realized the benefits of integrating successful youth education programs.

The Storm currently has two community programs focused on these initiatives. Read to Achieve, sponsored by Starbucks Coffee, is in its eighth year as a highly successful program that challenges students to read for at least 20 minutes a day for 20 days each month. Historically, this program has reached students through the public libraries and schools, and this season has been working with Boys and Girls Clubs of King County.

Fast Break to Reading, sponsored by Pitney Bowes, is a new, national WNBA initiative that increases awareness around literacy and the importance of reading. The initiative, supported by six WNBA teams, raises funds through ticket sales and donations. Funds raised are contributed to local Reading is Fundamental (RIF) initiatives, and the winning team is awarded a Reading and Learning Center for their community.

SAM's mission is to connect art to life, and an important part of this mission is celebrating young people's creativity. SAM Teen + Family Programs offer a range of age-appropriate art programs for kids and teens. Family Fun, a program for SAM Downtown and the Olympic Sculpture Park, combines kid-inspired tours with art-making for the entire family. This and the opening exhibition weekend celebration Family Days enable children and their parents/caregivers to experience art up close and then realize projects that tap their own artistic talents. SAM also seeks to engage young adults with dynamic programming that hones and shows off their imaginations while building their leadership and critical thinking skills. SAM Teen Programs include the Teen Advisory Group and the special teen Afterhours program ARTattack: Teen Night Out and special quarterly Teen Workshops. More information about SAM Teen + Family Programs can be found at

About The Seattle Storm: The Seattle Storm is one of seven independently owned teams in the WNBA, the world's preeminent women's professional basketball league. Established in 2000, the Storm is committed to bringing outstanding professional basketball to a diverse and rapidly growing fan base. The team also plays an active role in promoting literacy, health and fitness, and supports women and girls and youth basketball in local communities. More information is available at

About The Seattle Art Museum: For 75 years, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has been a leading visual arts institution in the Pacific Northwest. SAM is a world-renowned arts institution with three locations, the Seattle Art Museum downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) in Volunteer Park and the Olympic Sculpture Park (OSP) in Belltown. SAM is an institution with a global perspective, collecting and exhibiting objects from 140 cultures and exploring the connections between past and present. With approximately 25,000 objects, SAM's collections are unmatched in the region.

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August 7, 2008 11:57 AM

Storm to host basketball clinic Saturday

Posted by Jayda Evans

Storm center Yolanda Griffith and assistant coach Nancy Darsch will host a basketball clinic on Mercer Island this Saturday. It'll run from 3-4:30 p.m., after the Storm reunites for its first practice after a two-week break. Seattle and the WNBA re-open the season on Aug. 28 against Houston.

Here's the press release directly from the team:


Storm player and coach to teach fundamentals and team play at Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club

SEATTLE, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008 -- The Seattle Storm and Allstate Insurance Company will host a youth basketball clinic for youth ages 7-15 on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. Led by Storm center Yolanda Griffith and assistant coach Nancy Darsch, participants will learn the same drills Storm players use during their practices including shooting, ball-handling, defense and team play. They will focus on fundamentals of the game and the importance of having fun while on the court.

Following the clinic, Griffith and Darsch will host a Q&A and autograph session where participants can learn more about how these positive role models achieved the success they enjoy today.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club

2825 West Mercer Way

Mercer Island, WA 98040

COST: Free of charge

Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes early. For more information regarding pre-registration, contact the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club at (206) 232-4548 or email

About the Seattle Storm: The Seattle Storm is one of seven independently owned teams in the WNBA, the world's preeminent women's professional basketball league. Established in 2000, the Storm is committed to bringing outstanding professional basketball to a diverse and rapidly growing fan base. The team also plays an active role in promoting literacy, health and fitness, support for women and girls and youth basketball in local communities.

About Allstate Insurance Company: The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate" slogan, Allstate helps individuals in approximately 17 million households protect what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow through approximately 14,800 exclusive agencies and financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada. Customers can access Allstate products and services such as auto insurance and homeowners insurance through Allstate agencies, or in select states at and 1-800 Allstate. Encompass and Deerbrook Insurance brand property and casualty products are sold exclusively through independent agents. The Allstate Financial Group provides life insurance, supplemental accident and health insurance, annuity, banking and retirement products designed for individual, institutional and worksite customers that are distributed through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, financial institutions and broker-dealers.

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August 7, 2008 9:56 AM

Lauren Jackson: "[USA] have to play like that otherwise we'll kill them."

Posted by Jayda Evans

I thought it was strange that Storm star Lauren Jackson, captain of her Australian team, didn't say anything about Team USA's physical play in the Diamond Ball Tournament this week. As WNBA fans know, Jackson doesn't mince words and she always has something to say after playing against Lisa Leslie.

It took just a day to hear from the two-time WNBA MVP and she sounded like her signature self in this story. I love that Jackson says in basketball "you're always going to get black eyes, broken noses, and split lips," seeing how she's broken teammate Sue Bird's nose once and split the lip of practice player Jimmy Quigg. I think Jackson even knocked another practice player's tooth out last year.

Anyway, the women's competition needed little build-up given Team USA's loss in the World Championships and the emergence of teams like Australia and Russia. But mix the recent WNBA melee in with the Diamond Ball scuffle and voila -- you've got the type of blood shed that will draw media. It'll be interesting to watch, too bad we have to wait until the medal rounds in order to witness a rematch.

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August 6, 2008 1:43 PM

Aussies say Team USA played dirty

Posted by Jayda Evans

You saw the black eye Penny Taylor sported after her Australian national team lost to Team USA for the Diamond Ball Tournament title on Wednesday. Now her teammates are accusing the Americans of deliberatly trying to knock the Aussies out.

Storm star Lauren Jackson wasn't quoted in the story about the physical nature of the game, but she did say that her team didn't play nearly as well as it could and lost by only four points. "We're pretty confident going into the Games," she told The Australian.

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August 6, 2008 1:14 PM

More Storm Olympic links

Posted by Jayda Evans

We've talked a lot about the direct links the Storm has to the Beijing Games -- Sue Bird (Team USA), Kelly Santos (Brazil) and Lauren Jackson (Australia). But there's also a face from the past in Natalia Vodopyanova (Russia) and Suzy Batkovic (Australia), who were both signed as free agents in 2005 by former coach Anne Donovan, who is leading Team USA.

Neither Batkovic nor Vodopyanova were happy with their roles in Seattle, deciding not to return to the WNBA after one season. But the Storm retains their rights if either wants to play in the league again.

Vodopyanova, a 6-foot-2 forward who is a key piece to the Russian team, appeared in 17 Storm games, averaging 1.5 points. Batkovic, a bruising 6-5 center, played in 29 games and averaged 6.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting from the field.

Be sure to watch out for them, too, as the women's basketball competition begins on Saturday.

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August 5, 2008 9:09 AM

Team USA wins tourney

Posted by Jayda Evans

Team USA won the Diamond Ball Tournament, its Olympic tune-up. The Americans defeated Australia today behind center Lisa Leslie's double-double in the 71-67 finish. Storm point guard Sue Bird was the third-leading scorer with 11. It's the first tournament the players have competed in together as a unit, following three quick days of practice at Stanford University last week. Team USA will begin Olympic play Saturday against the Czech Republic.

Here are some post-game interviews posted by FIBA:

And here's a video of point guard Becky Hammon, who had one day of practice before playing with the Russians against Team USA on Monday. The Russians won today, defeating Mali for fifth place. Following Hammon are interviews from former WNBA players Svetlana Ambrosimova (Minnesota) and Maria Steponova (Phoenix)

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August 4, 2008 11:38 AM

Team USA rocks Russia

Posted by Jayda Evans

Team USA is rolling in their Olympic tune-up tournament, the 2008 Diamond Ball in Haining, China. They defeated Russia today, a little payback for the Russians knocking Team USA out of winning the 2006 World Championships. But, of course, only the Olympic competition will matter. The Americans play Australia on Tuesday.

Guess this isn't exactly the way San Antonio PG Becky Hammon wanted to start her Russian debut.

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August 2, 2008 12:22 AM

Off Day

Posted by Jayda Evans

Traveling back to Seattle, please check back on Monday for the latest. Have fun at Seafair! Or whatever you're getting into this weekend.

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August 1, 2008 11:22 PM

Team USA catching some sleep

Posted by Jayda Evans

USA Today ran a piece by The Associated Press that Team USA has arrived in China. The Diamond Ball Tournament is actually about to start in a few hours, with Team USA slated to play Latvia on Sunday. But to put it in perspective, the players are catching some z's before the "friendly" tournament begins. And no, it's not on television like the men's tournament.

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