We continue to keep track of media coverage around the WNBA, but have to begin with the saddest part of training camp: cuts.
- The Seattle Storm announced the release of three players: guards Jacqua Williams and Dellena Criner and forward Rachel Allison. Kevin Pelton of StormBasketball.com posted a nice feature about Williams, who attended Rainier Beach High School in Seattle describing how grateful she was just to have a shot. Read more >>>
- The Indiana Fever announced via Twitter that they waived tjird-round draft pick Courtney Hurt and free agent signee Jenna Smith. Smith was drafted 14th by the Atlanta Dream in the 2010 WNBA Draft, the highest any Illinois women’s basketball player had been drafted. See tweet >>>
- Carla Peay of the Washington Times reports that Washington Mystics coach Trudi Lacey is looking for, “defense, rebounding, and an unselfish approach offensively” in training camp. Natalie Novosel was identified as a potential key contributor, but she’s finding training camp to be a bit tougher than she expected. Read more >>>
- Jerod Young of the Oregon football site FishDuck.com takes a long look back at the career of Oregon Ducks forward Amanda Johnson, who was taken 33rd overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. Johnson is the first Oregon women’s basketball player to be drafted since Cathrine Kraayeveld and Young explains why the Mercury are the perfect fit for Johnson. Read more >>>
- Doug Erlien of KMSP-TV in Minneapolis writes about the difficulty of repeating for the Minnesota Lynx. Without the starters in training camp, the Lynx have an opportunity to take a long look at the players competing for the second unit. Read more >>>
- Carl Adamec of the Journal Inquirer writes about Connecticut Sun forward Asjha Jones’ experience being selected for the U.S. Women’s Basketball Senior National team this year. Apparently, Jones was told that she would not be on the team in March before being selected in late-April shortly after Brittney Griner withdrew her name from consideration. Coincidence? Read more >>>