Simon, a 5-5 point guard from Arizona State University, who played high school basketball at Phoenix-St. Mary's, averaged 13.2 points per game as a senior, earning her All-Pac 10 honors in 2011 for the second time of her career, and finished seventh on the Sun Devils' all-time scoring list with 1,216 points. Following graduation, Simon signed with the West Coast Waves of the Australian Women's National Basketball League.
Thomas, a 5-11 point guard, graduated from Michigan State in 2011 and is one of five Spartans ever to be a four-time All-Big Ten selection, earning Honorable Mention in each of her four seasons. While serving as the Spartans' defensive anchor, Thomas also contributed 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists for her career. She ranks fifth among the school's career assist leaders with 401. Thomas spent the 2011-12 season playing for Telge in Sweden, averaging 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists in the Swedish League.
Tamane, a 6-7 center from Latvia, played collegiately at Western Illinois and was originally selected by the Detroit Shock in the third round of the 2006 WNBA Draft. She later signed as a free agent with the Washington Mystics where she appeared in 16 games during the 2006 season. Tamane has played internationally since, most recently with Fenerbahce in Istanbul, Turkey, where she was a teammate of Mercury forward Penny Taylor and averaged 10.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 61.3 percent from the field during the 2011-12 Euroleague season.
Reed is a 6-1 forward from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where she became the school's first women's basketball player ever drafted in the WNBA, taken 25th overall by the Tulsa Shock in the 2011 Draft. She appeared in 11 games for the Shock last season. Collegiately, Reed averaged 17.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, shooting 45.1 percent from the field, and was named the 2011 Sunbelt Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Most recently, Reed averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in the Israeli League while playing for Hapoel Petah Tikva.
The Mercury will add to its roster on Monday during the 2012 WNBA Draft. Phoenix owns the sixth overall pick, the 24th overall pick (second round) and two third round selections (30th and 33rd overall). The draft will begin at 11 a.m. Phoenix time with the first round broadcast on ESPN2 and the second and third rounds on ESPNU and NBATV. ESPN3.com will also simulcast all three rounds.
The Mercury tips off the 2012 season on May 20 against the defending champion Minnesota Lynx. The game will be broadcast on ABC at 9:30 a.m.
Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com
Atlanta Dream Announces Georgia Tech as New Home - 2 days ago
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The Atlanta Dream will play the 2017 and 2018 seasons at Hank McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech, team officials announced on Monday. The Dream will be relocating to the 8,600-seat McCamish Pavilion as Philips Arena will not be available. In addition, any 2016 home playoff contests hosted by the Dream will also be held at McCamish Pavilion, as Philips Arena has multiple conflicting events during the majority of the playoff schedule [read more]
The Atlanta Dream will play the 2017 and 2018 seasons at Hank McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech, team officials announced on Monday. The Dream will be relocating to the 8,600-seat McCamish Pavilion as Philips Arena will not be available. In addition, any 2016 home playoff contests hosted by the Dream will also be held at McCamish Pavilion, as Philips Arena has multiple conflicting events during the majority of the playoff schedule. "We are excited to be the host facility for the Atlanta Dream the next two seasons," Georgia Tech Senior Woman Administrator and Associate Athletic Director Joeleen Akin said. "Georgia Tech has an opportunity to increase awareness of the Institute while showcasing its first-class basketball facility. Our goal is to provide the Dream players, staff and fans the best home court experience possible." McCamish Pavilion, formerly known was Alexander Memorial Coliseum, underwent a $50 million renovation in 2011-12 and was renamed in honor of a $15 million donation from the McCamish family. The facility's extensive renovation included reconstruction of the seating bowl, the addition of an upper-level balcony and club seating and the expansion of the concourse and plaza area. McCamish Pavilion is currently the home of the Georgia Tech men's and women's basketball teams and played host to the NBA's Atlanta Hawks after they moved from St. Louis and waited for the initial construction of The Omni to be completed. Georgia Tech once again was the Hawks temporary home between 1997 and 1999 after The Omni was demolished and while Philips Arena was being built on its site. Most recently, it has served as the home for the 2013 Intersport Three Point/Slam Dunk contest, which was held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four. During the 1996 Summer Olympics, the facility hosted the boxing competition and it served as the site for the conclusion of the 2008 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Championship after the tournament to be forced to be relocated following a tornado in downtown Atlanta that caused significant damage to the Georgia Dome. The Dream played three games at McCamish Pavilion in 2014 and a single contest this season - a 93-88 victory over Dallas on July 22. Atlanta owns a record of 3-1 all-time in previous games played at the Georgia Tech facility. Dream owners Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler commented: "We're excited to highlight the Dream's exciting style of play to Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, which is purpose-built for basketball and a tremendous fan experience. We will continue to deliver a great experience on the court while contributing to the greater Atlanta community." The Dream is making the announcement at this time to inform season ticket members of the change of venue ahead of the upcoming 2017 season renewals. Atlanta Dream single game tickets are available now by logging on for more information at Atlanta Dream Membership Central. For single-game tickets, fans can buy directly via Ticketmaster. The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream is in its ninth season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Dream plays the majority of their home games at Philips Arena. Atlanta has qualified for the playoffs six times, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Rio 2016: USA fire past Spain to clinch sixth straight title - 5 days ago
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USA - Spain 101:72 Team USA earned the sixth straight Olympic Gold. They rallied past Spain in the championship game tonight. Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) and Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Team USA grabbed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The North American side unloaded 28 points in the second term to gain a 17-point halftime advantage. They stretch... [read more]
USA - Spain 101:72
Team USA earned the sixth straight Olympic Gold. They rallied past Spain in the championship game tonight. Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) and Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Team USA grabbed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The North American side unloaded 28 points in the second term to gain a 17-point halftime advantage. They stretched the margin in the third term. Team USA reeled off to a massive 32-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Spain sank 23 points in the fourth term to cut the deficit at the end. Maya Moore (183-SG-89, college: Connecticut) provided 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the victory. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) responded with 18 points for Spain. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) chipped in 12 points in the losing effort.
When Chris Sienko decided to become the general manager of the Connecticut Sun in 2003 he had no idea how long he might stay or how successful the new venture might be. Now 14 seasons later, he has decided to leave the Mohegan Sun, and all of his various responsibilities there, knowing the team and the venue have become symbols of stability in the WNBA and international gaming world. Sienko announced last week he would be leaving the casino at the end of September, shortly after the concl... [read more]
When Chris Sienko decided to become the general manager of the Connecticut Sun in 2003 he had no idea how long he might stay or how successful the new venture might be. Now 14 seasons later, he has decided to leave the Mohegan Sun, and all of his various responsibilities there, knowing the team and the venue have become symbols of stability in the WNBA and international gaming world. Sienko announced last week he would be leaving the casino at the end of September, shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 Sun season. "I've been doing this for a long time," Sienko said. "This was a difficult decision for me. I am not leaving smiling and laughing." Sienko, 51, isn't just leaving the Sun. He is also the vice president and general manager of the New England Black Wolves of the National Lacrosse League and a vice president at Mohegan Sun with the day-to-day responsibility of overseeing sponsorship for all Mohegan Sun-owned companies and for regional marketing in Connecticut. "It's an awful lot," Sienko said. "It's not that I don't enjoy or appreciate the challenges it created for me, but there wasn't a lot of time for me and my family. Coming into this season I wouldn't have guessed that it would be the time or place [to leave]. I would have thought I could go on for another 14 years. "But as the summer wore on, seeing how well-positioned the team [the Sun] seems for the future, this seemed like the right time. I want to have a single focus [in his business life]." Sienko said it would be unfair to make a correlation between the recent downturn the Sun franchise has taken and his decision to leave. "That's not an accurate assumption," Sienko said. "We understand the team has not done well lately [no playoffs since 2012 and 8-16 this season] but the team is in a really good place. We've lost a lot of close games this season. So I feel this is great opportunity for the team to have success as it moves forward. I wear many hats [at Mohegan Sun]. That's the important thing to remember. My decision is not directly related to the Sun. My days tend to be very long with all of my responsibilities. There are no summer vacations or no winter vacations, either." Among his duties had been preparation for the four WNBA All Star games, three WNBA drafts and three American Athletic Conference tournaments that have been hosted by Mohegan Sun. Sienko also serves the WNBA on various committees, including the competition committee, rules and regulations, marketing, advertising and sponsorship. He is also on an advisory committee made up of all the COOs in the league. The ride began when Sienko was named general manager of the Sun shortly after the Mohegan Tribe purchased the Orlando Miracle and relocated the team to Connecticut on Jan. 28, 2003. Prior to joining the Sun he was vice president of marketing, then the general manager, of the ABL's New England Blizzard. The Sun would become the first profitable team in WNBA history. "You had a build a fan base, you had to build a program," Sienko said. "There were never any guarantees the Sun and the WNBA would be successful. I'm proud of what my staff has accomplished over the years. I don't think you can fully measure what's going on simply by wins and losses. Did we add value to the community? Did we create a passionate fan base and grow the sport in the process?" On the basketball side, he helped make more than two dozen trades that helped the Sun to the postseason eight times, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals five times and the WNBA Finals twice. His final trade was made in June when he dealt starting center Kelsey Bone to the Phoenix Mercury for guard Courtney Williams. "Chris has played an instrumental role in the success of professional women's basketball both in the ABL and the WNBA and I can't begin to thank him enough for the confidence and continued belief he has showed in our staff," current Sun coach Curt Miller said. "He was a tremendous mentor in ourshort time together and Itruly value our friendship. We shared a vision for this young and developing team and I promised him that I would continue to work tirelessly to help turn our dreams into a reality." Sienko was one of the decision-makers behind the controversial firing of the Sun's first coach, Mike Thibault, in 2012 following the team's loss in the Eastern Conference semifinals. His replacement, Anne Donovan, failed to get the team to the playoffs in her three seasons. She left after the 2015 season and was replaced by Miller. "Those decisions are not made solely in [the GM's] office," Sienko said. "It's made by the organization. It [firing Thibault] was the right decision for us at the time. It would be foolish to say it was a mistake. It wasn't a mistake. The objective at the time was to do what was best for the franchise. So I won't look back [negatively] on what our decision was. Things change. There is a life cycle for every sports franchise. Some teams are up, some teams are down. We were on an upswing for 10 years, now we are on a down cycle. But there will be an up cycle." Sienko also served USA Basketball as a member of its senior national team player selection committee for the 2014 World Championship and the 2016 Olympic Games. "Being invited to serve USA Basketball was one of the biggest honors of my life," Sienko said. "You do not apply for something like that. They select you. "I don't know what I am going to do next. I don't have a set direction I plan on following. I really want to take a step back, get a feel for what I've accomplished over the last 14 years and then consider whatever opportunities may come next." Courtesy of: courant.com
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