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 Angel MCCOUGHTRY
  Atlan.
  (187-SF-86)
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 Sylvia FOWLES
  Chicago S.
  (198-C-85)
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  (178-G-89)
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 7. Latta, Washingt.4.4 
 8. Johnson, Seattle4.2 
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 10. Diggins, Tulsa S.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Angel MCCOUGHTRY
  Atlan.
  (187-SF-86)
  Avg: 3.1
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 Brittney GRINER
  Phoenix M.
  (203-C-90)
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Articles

EuroBasket Women 2013: WNBA star Katie Smith shares views on the European women basketball level - Jun 15, 2013


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BERT LARSIMONT
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Katie Smith
Some young European talents should be carefully watched by WNBA scouts during the EuroBasket Women 2013: players like Ukraine's Alina Iogupova (FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year) whose selection in the 2013 WNBA draft by the LA Sparks was eventually voided, Olcay Cakir of Turkey, Diandra Tchatchouang of France, natural Serbian scorer Ana Dabovic, Spanish playmaker Queralt Casas of Rivas Ecopolis, etc.

To talk about how WNBA players, staff and observers consider the main European event for women's basketball national teams, we have had the chance to get a short interview with experienced New York Liberty's guard Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.). The US basketball star was NCAA Champion with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1993 and twice WNBA Champion with the Detroit Shock in 2006 and 2008. Smith is also a five-time WNBA All Star, three-time Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion. Moreover, Katie Smith played two seasons in FIBA EuroLeague in the past: with Lotos Clima Gdynia of Poland in 2001-02 and with Fenerbahce Istanbul of Turkey in 2009-2010.

Here is the full interview with the American women professional basketball champion:

Bert Larsimont (Eurobasket.com): Katie, as a player you've taken part in the Olympics, the Worlds and the EuroLeague in the past and you know the main European women basketball competitions pretty well. How would you consider the European women basketball level nowadays?

Katie Smith (New York Liberty - WNBA): I think that European women's basketball is constantly improving. With players coming to the States to play in the WNBA and with Americans coming to Europe to compete, we both learn from each other and that helps us all improve.

BL: Is the EuroBasket Women tournament considered/seen as a big event among WNBA players, observers and scouts? Will WNBA franchise owners have a close look at the new talents who could be revealed at the EuroBasket 2013 to be held later this month?

KS: I think the tournament is seen as a big event especially because it is so competitive. You have a lot of very good teams battling to be number one. Coaches and scouts constantly watch players from overseas and especially the young players who are starting to make a name for themselves. Plus many American players know a lot of the players in Europe and play in these countries so they enjoy watching their friends and teammates play.

BL: Despite the start of the WNBA season overseas, are you going to follow the main women's national team competition organized by FIBA Europe (via the media/internet)?

KS: I will probably see the scores but I won't be watching very closely besides that.

BL: What would be your favourite teams in the next European tournament?

KS: I think some of the top teams are France, Turkey, Spain, Russia and Czech Republic. It will be very competitive.

BL: Do you plan to come back to Europe, either to play or coach in the future?

KS: I will be retiring from playing after this WNBA season and would like to coach. Therefore, if a coaching job came open and they were interested, I would definitely consider it.

BL: How will next summer be planned for you, what's on your agenda (WNBA, projects, business and on the side)? Anything you can share with the Eurobasket.com readers?

KS: As I said I am retiring after this season. I would like to coach so I am looking at options there. I am also currently in graduate school at Ohio State University to become a Registered Dietitian. So I would like to use my degree with coaching to emphasis nutrition on performance and health.   




Sylvia
Fowles
Lynx capture 4th title with 85-76 win over Sparks in Game 5 - 15 days ago
The Minnesota Lynx are no strangers to celebration. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut), Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) and a proud core have danced in the confetti and bathed in bubbly four times now. Boring? Hardly. If anything, the champagne tastes sweeter than ever. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 vi...   [read more]

Dan Hughes
Seattle Storm hires Dan Hughes as head coach - 16 days ago
Nearly two months after firing Jenny Boucek , the Seattle Storm hired Dan Hughes as the franchise's head coach, bypassing Gary Kloppenburg who served as the team's interim coach for eight regular season games. The Storm went 15-19 this season and qualified for postseason play but fell in the first round to Phoenix. Hughes retired from coaching after the 2016 season and 11 years as the head coach and general manager for San Antonio Stars. In his last season in San Antonio the team went 7-2...   [read more]

Sylvia
Fowles
Lynx force Game 5 of WNBA Finals with 80-69 win in L.A. - 18 days ago
Forget about the history of the previous three games, Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said Sunday night after her team's 80-69 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals. For that matter, forget about the fact that Minnesota has won each WNBA championship in years ending in odd numbers during the current decade. None of that mattered before Game 4. 'I just wanted them to put everything in the 75 possessions and let the chips fall where they may,' said Reeve. 'I'm p...   [read more]


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