Back in January the Sparks were going to have a “clean out the closet” sale of old memorabilia. Instead, they were announcing Candace Parker’s pregnancy. Tonight they finally had the rummage sale, and it was worth the wait. In fact, I thought of so many people as I was going through the piles of old uniforms – the Nikki Teasley fans (autographed jerseys) especially. There were old jerseys from the first year, when Michelle Edwards was on the Cleveland Rockers. I saw a Ukari Figgs jersey. There was a Monarchs jersey when Ruthie Bolton was still Ruthie Bolton-Holifield.
Here’s my bounty for the evening, and I’m pleased: a Swoopes jersey, an autographed Holdsclaw jersey, old Comets and Utah Starzz hats, and an autographed Candace Parker draft T-shirt that I’ve never seen before.
Thanks, LA Sparks.
Just because you start out hot or cold doesn’t mean you’ll stay that way.
In the College/Open Division today, defending champions LA Spirit defeated the Showstoppers and T.E.A.M. ’09 in the quarter and semifinals to advance to the championship game Aug. 15.
On the other side of the bracket, LA Fastbreak beat Team Excel and the Toros to earn their spot in the final round. The game will be 2 p.m. at LA Trade Tech College, on the corner of 23rd and Flower Streets just south of downtown. Rosters, by jersey number, are as follows:
Mykiea Russell – Umpqua Community College
Brittany Brumfield – Trinity Valley Community College
Brittany Spears – University of Colorado
Angela Garrett – Cal State University San Bernardino
Zeda Slaton – Undecided
Michelle Duckworth – University of California Santa Barbara
Lakaisha Davis – Undecided
Zipporah Chase – Cal State University Dominguez Hills
Crystal Givens-Johnson – Long Beach State University
Ennisha Kyles – Cal State University Dominguez Hills
Christina Nzekwe – UCLA
Coach: Louie Nelson
LaSharee Christian – Jackson State University
Tierra Henderson – UCLA
Jonae Ervin – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Candice Allen – Cal Poly Pomona
Aleisha Hurd – San Francisco State
Clarlee Underwood – Cal State Fullerton
Morgan Bennett – Talladega University
Toni Thomas – Cal State Fullerton
Amber Pruitt – Cal State Fullerton
Coach: Reginald Snell
In the high school Division yesterday, T’s Titans put away the Falcons and the California Blaze to advance to the championship game at 1 p.m., before the College/Open Division plays.
Fastbreak overcame the Lady Knights and Fundamental Hoops to claim their spot in the finals. Rosters, by jersey number, are as follows:
Brittanie Garcia – Alhambra HS
Eva Zhou – Alhambra HS
Rhamnii Haynes – Taft HS
Amari Hampton – Taft HS
Taylor Valdez – Thousand Oaks HS
Erica Norman – Chino Hills HS
Chantel Dooley – Montclair HS
Jennifer Imaa – Alhambra HS
Sydney Hubbard – Notre Dame Academy
Angelica Sahagen – Alemany HS
Nicole Packard – Thousand Oaks HS
Coach: Therese Berner
Aaron Heard – Serra HS
Clelsea Calleja – Notre Dame Academy
Megan Wright – Serra HS
Ashley Bruner – Serra HS
Ea Shoushtari – LACES
Rachel Totten – LACES
Jaina Abdul-Mansour – Beverly Hills HS
Raven Gammage – St. Mary’s Academy
Bria Richardson – Serra HS
Nicole Collins – Serra HS
Christian Pickett – Serra HS
Taylor Reid – Serra HS
Coach: McKinsey Hadley
Geez, looking at the high school rosters and how far apart the participants live away from each other, I wonder how they practice.
Story on the league.
Say No League website.
Betty Lennox has been cleared to play and will come off the bench tomorrow night against Indiana. It’s the first of three back-to-backs the Sparks have over the next month – two of them at home. Not happy about the last part, but it’s great to hear Betty will be back.
Teammate Noelle Quinn, whose game has blown up the past two weeks, has already secured her off-season gig for the winter: Elizur Ramla, in Israel. Quinn is pimpin.
My friend Maria Cornelius leaves no stone unturned when she writes a piece, and this story on former Lady Vol Shyra Ely is no exception.
This is why good coaches are pushy coaches:
“I was so thankful to go to Tennessee and have the kind of mental knowledge about the game, the Xs and Os, evolving from just an athlete to a cerebral basketball player,” Ely said. “I am still thankful for that. I am so very thankful for that. And as hard as we worked in the gym, in the weight room, strength and conditioning – Heather Mason is amazing – and while you’re running and doing that stuff you’re probably cussing her out, but I am so thankful for what she put me through. It just made everything else so much easier when I got to the professional league.
And this is why you have to push yourself:
“One thing that I regret is how hard I could have worked in the off-season and I think that had to do with how hard we worked during the season and our season is so long, and when summer finally comes you kind of want to relax, but that’s actually the time where you need to be working just as hard, especially for me when I played the four most of my career and then transitioning into a three player in the WNBA. I just wish I would have taken that more seriously and really, really gotten better each year in the off season.”
This thread entertains a relevant question in today’s fast world: what is the point of “official” visits to colleges anymore?
Girls are being pressured to sign with a school after the July recruiting period prior to their senior year. To wit, we’ve already witnessed several signings in the last two weeks. These days, by the time the November first signing date rolls around, many have already inked it with a school.
One of the first posters on this thread says players need to slow down, and I have to agree. The pace is out of control.