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Taylor Hill comes home to help beat the home team

Taylor Hill (with ball)

Tayler Hill now understands there’s no statute of limitations on being a hometown favorite.
“I think it is a blessing to be able to come back and give to the community,” noted Hill, the only Minneapolis native presently playing in the WNBA. She seemed taken aback, however, that after all these years, locals still embrace her whenever she’s in town. Continue Reading →

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Overshadowed pioneers in women coaching men

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

Becky Hammon last week began her first season as a San Antonio Spurs assistant coach. Sadly, not mentioned or oft-overlooked is the fact that two Black women, Stephanie Ready and Bernadette Mattox, earlier paved the way for the recently retired WNBA player’s historic debut. “It will be a nice education piece for this generation” to learn about the historical place that both Ready and Mattox rightfully hold, says Chicago Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman of the WNBA. Asked his view shortly after Hammon’s hiring, Chatman told the MSR, “I think those of us on the inside who know Becky Hammon and the people that know Pop [Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich] and the organization know it is not a gimmick. She’s a perfect fit for his culture and his style of play. Continue Reading →

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What it takes to win in the ‘second season’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The 2014 WNBA playoffs officially begin Thursday: Minnesota hosts San Antonio in game one of the best-of-three first-round series. But actually, the regular season’s last couple of weeks have been playoff-like as post-season slots were still undecided going into the final week of action. “It is anybody’s game to win it this year. The competition has heated up,” observed Los Angeles GM and interim coach Penny Toler. She is one of only three Black coaches among the eight post-season field. Continue Reading →

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Women pros still struggle for media attention

PHOENIX — The WNBA All-Star Game annually is snubbed by sports fans and sports media alike. Last Saturday’s contest here unfortunately remains only a summertime favorite for those of us who do care. It was his first-ever All-Star Game, Earl Malloy told the MSR, admitting that his wife finally convinced him to join her in watching women’s pro hoops. “I’ve been a season ticket holder since day one,” added Carolyn Malloy, who also went to the 2000 game, the last time it was played in Phoenix. “The women players play a lot better than the men.”

 

 

“I love it already,” proclaimed Roosevelt Scott, a St. Continue Reading →

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Lynx guard Wright is back and catching up

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

She won’t let on where her rehabilitation stands on a scale of 10. The only thing Monica Wright would report that she’s getting there. “In my mind, I’m a 10,” the fifth-year Minnesota Lynx guard recently told the MSR. After an unexpected arthroscopic surgery on her left knee just before training camp on April 25, the 5’-10” player didn’t make her 2014 season debut until June 15. After her return from off-season play overseas, Wright recalled experiencing unusual soreness in the knee, and the subsequent MRI result was “a huge surprise,” she admitted. As expected, upon her return, Wright also experienced her rhythm off a bit in her “mental training camp,” wanting to get back to full strength as quickly as possible. Continue Reading →

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