Katy Steding has been named assistant coach for the WNBA's newest franchise, the Atlanta Dream, in an announcement by head coach Marynell Meadors. Since 2001, Katy has coached the Warner Pacific College Knights, in Portland, Oregon, after a career in both the ABL and WNBA, leading them to their first conference championship in 2005/06. The Dream play their first home game on May 23rd against the Detroit Shock.
March 18, 2008
Clare Bodensteiner and current player Jillian Harmon may join the New Zealand Olympic team for this summer's Olympics in China, according to news reports in the New Zealand press. Check out the article in FBC's Stories of the Season or go direct to stuff.co.nz for the whole story.
March 4, 2008
Good news for Nicole Powell fans! Nicole has signed a 4-year contract with the Sacramento Monarchs, according to the WNBA, promising many opportunities to watch her hit 3 point shots and help the Monarchs win another championship.
March 2, 2008
Krista Rappahahn returned to Sweden in January, to play for the Brahe team. Her first Swedish stint was with Stockholm, helping that team win the national championship in 2007. This time, Krista will be playing half the season, before she returns to the U.S. to attend medical school. In an interview with the local newspaper, Jnytt, Krista talks about her love for Sweden, and how much she enjoys living in the small town of Huskvarna, which is similar to the environment she grew up in in rural Connecticut. Although the interview is in Swedish, World Lingo offers a delightfully idiosyncratic translation into English. Krista's blog also relates her adventures abroad.
The CSU Chico Wildcats, led by second-year coach Molly Goodenbour, beat Cal State LA last Friday to clinch the California Collegiate Athletic Association title. The Wildcats have earned a 23-5, 16-3 CCAA record this year, including an early season exhibition game loss to Stanford at Maples. In an article in the Chico Enterprise-Record, Coach Goodenbour commented that "I like the idea of us winning the conference over the course of the season, getting better all along to be the best team at the end of the year."
The Phoenix Mercury signed Kristin Newlin to a training camp contract last week, as reported on the WNBA website. Kristin has been playing great basketball in Turkey. Currently, she is averaging 18.6 points and 11.9 rebounds per game and played in the Turkish All-Stars game. Kristin would add strength to the Mercury lineup, which lost Jennifer Lacy in the expansion draft. Two other big Phoenix players, Kelly Schumacher and Olympia Scott, have not yet been re-signed.