Seattle Storm landed 31-year old center Ashley Robinson (193-82kg-82, college: Tennessee). It is actually her comeback to Seattle Storm as she played here before. Robinson moved there from S-Birds in South Korean WKBL where she started the season. In 13 WKBL games she averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 13.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2bpg this season. The last summer she played at Washington. In 33 games she had 3.1ppg and 3.3rpg. The last (2012) season Robinson was tested by IMOS Brno (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 7 games she had 7.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. She also played 9 games in Euroleague where she had 8.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg. The previous (2011) summer Robinson played at Seattle. In 37 games she had 3.6ppg and 3.8rpg. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Robinson ended the previous (10-11) season at Maccabi Ashdod (D1) in Israeli league. In 11 games she had 5.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the final and cup semifinals. But the most of that year she spent at Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) in Australian league. In 13 games she had 6.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg. In 2004 Robinson was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in second round (14th overall). She attended University of Tennessee and it will be her ninth season in pro basketball. Robinson is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Russia (Kazanochka), Spain (Hondarribia-Irun), Turkey (Mersin and Kayseri) and Israel (Bnot Hasharon). Robinson's game is described as:
Efficient center, mostly in the paint but also from mid range, good shot blocker, not very physical.
Firmed-up defense leads Lynx to brink of WNBA finals - 10 hours ago
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After the Lynx's 96-86 victory over Phoenix, Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management)'s teammates awarded her the game ball. Coach Cheryl Reeve , though, suggested they owed the forward much, much more. "We needed every bit of Rebekkah Brunson tonight,'' Reeve said. "I think [Natasha Howard] and [Sylvia Fowles], whatever Rebekkah wants for the next couple days, those two need to do for her.'' That would only be fair, Reeve reasoned, given what Brunson d... [read more]
After the Lynx's 96-86 victory over Phoenix, Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management)'s teammates awarded her the game ball. Coach Cheryl Reeve , though, suggested they owed the forward much, much more. "We needed every bit of Rebekkah Brunson tonight,'' Reeve said. "I think [Natasha Howard] and [Sylvia Fowles], whatever Rebekkah wants for the next couple days, those two need to do for her.'' That would only be fair, Reeve reasoned, given what Brunson did for them in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center. In a game littered with 54 fouls - including four on Fowles and five on Howard - Brunson stepped into the void, lifting the Lynx on offense and defense to give them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Reeve still wasn't thrilled with her defense in a plodding game that included 68 free throws. But the Lynx, with an assist from the erratic Mercury, scored 35 points in the first quarter and repelled multiple Phoenix rallies in the second half. The Mercury had 20 turnovers, with many forced by the Lynx, and never got closer than six points after halftime. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) led the Lynx with 26 points but gave all the praise to Brunson. In addition to scoring 13 points, Brunson had 11 rebounds and a big block of a DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shot with 35 seconds remaining. On a night when both teams sputtered under a barrage of whistles, her ferocity put the Lynx on the brink of making the WNBA finals for the fifth time in the past six seasons. "I'm one of her biggest fans. I'm going for fan of the year,'' Moore said of Brunson, who moved into second place on the WNBA's career playoff rebound chart with 480. "It's her constancy. "She's there to cover up mistakes, to block a shot or get the big rebound we needed to stop Phoenix's momentum. Hitting open jumpers, being aggressive, going to the rim. I'm glad she's getting recognition for all the little things she does for this team.'' Reeve said the constant fouls made the game feel like it took four hours. A crowd announced at 11,923 groaned repeatedly as Phoenix marched to the foul line 31 times, making all but one. But the calls went both ways, which quickly grounded Mercury center Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor). Griner got her third foul with 50.8 seconds remaining in the first quarter. She sat the entire second quarter and finished the game with two points and two rebounds. The Lynx, who made 33 of 37 free throws, used an 18-7 spurt in the first quarter to gain a 14-point lead. Phoenix spent the rest of the game trying to catch up. Coach Sandy Brondello said the fouls spoiled her plan to push the tempo, and her team made some "rookie mistakes'' when it lost discipline and poise. "We didn't bring the appropriate effort and intensity,'' Brondello said. "To let them score 35 points in the first quarter, that was the ballgame. "I was very proud of our effort in the last three quarters. I thought we competed and showed we could play with them. But you can't play with the Lynx for 30 minutes. They're too good.'' The Lynx also won despite foul trouble and injuries that kept Janel McCarville (back spasms) and Anna Cruz (hip contusion) out of the game. The Mercury's Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored a game-high 31-including 12 in the fourth quarter, when her three-pointer whittled the deficit to 92-86 with 23 seconds left. Lindsay Whalen scored 12 in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer with 5.9 seconds left. Brunson said after the game that she didn't think she did anything exceptional. Moore and Reeve begged to differ. "It was a grind for us all,'' Brunson said. "I don't think I did anything more than I usually do. I always have the mindset of doing whatever it takes to help my team win. And whatever they need from me, I'm going to give them.'' Courtesy of: startribune.com
Minnesota's Cheryl Reeve named 2016 WNBA Coach of Year - 1 day ago
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The WNBA announced today that Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve is the recipient of the 2016 WNBA Coach of the Year Award. Reeve received 17 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters. This is Reeve's second Coach of the Year honor, having received the award in 2011, and the third time a Lynx head coach has been named WNBA Coach of the Year (Suzie McConnell Serio 2004). Under Reeve's seven-year tutelage, the Lynx have complied 155 wins over the last six seasons,... [read more]
The WNBA announced today that Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve is the recipient of the 2016 WNBA Coach of the Year Award. Reeve received 17 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters. This is Reeve's second Coach of the Year honor, having received the award in 2011, and the third time a Lynx head coach has been named WNBA Coach of the Year (Suzie McConnell Serio 2004). Under Reeve's seven-year tutelage, the Lynx have complied 155 wins over the last six seasons, the most prolific six-year run in WNBA history, and won three WNBA Championships (2011, 2013 and 2015) in a five-year span. Finishing the 2016 season at 28-6, Minnesota registered its fifth 25-win campaign in the last six years and became the first WNBA franchise to win 27+ games in a season three separate times. Since taking over in 2010, Reeve's .706 winning percentage (168-70) ranks first in league history. She is one of three coaches to win more than 60% of their games (Van Chancellor, .655; Michael Cooper, .616). Minnesota began its best regular season in the franchise's 18-year history by winning its first 13 contests, the longest season-opening winning streak in league history. The Lynx finished the season with a team record for total victories wins (28) and matched team bests in home and road wins (15 and 13, respectively). Minnesota's 13-4 mark away from Target Center marked its league-record sixth consecutive winning road record and the team's 15-2 home record was the WNBA's best home record this season. Additionally, Minnesota went 15-1 against Western Conference opponents, including winning all eight road games, becoming the first team in WNBA history to go through a season unbeaten on the road vs. the Western Conference. Reeve's other WNBA Coach of the Year honor came in 2011, her second season guiding the Lynx, when Minnesota finished with the league's best record (27-7). Minnesota's 14-game improvement over the prior season (2010, 13-21) is tied for the second-largest turnaround in WNBA history. Prior to reaching the WNBA, the former Rhodes Scholar nominee and basketball star at Philadelphia's La Salle University spent 12 years at the collegiate level, including head coaching roles at Indiana State and George Washington. She then moved to the WNBA where stints as an assistant under Anne Donovan in Charlotte (2001-02, 2004-05) and Dan Hughes in Cleveland (2003) laid the foundation for an extremely successful tenure as an assistant with the Detroit Shock. It was in Detroit, alongside head coach Bill Laimbeer and fellow assistant Rick Mahorn, that Reeve helped guide the Shock to the WNBA Finals in three consecutive seasons, winning championships in 2006 and 2008. Groomed by Laimbeer, who in 2008 expanded her duties to include the director of player personnel role, the Washington Township, N.J., native was hired by Minnesota as Head Coach on Dec. 8, 2009. Courtesy of: hoopfeed.com
Breanna Stewart wins 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year, All-Rookie team announced - 2 days ago
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Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94, college: Connecticut) of the Seattle Storm, who led all first-year players in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots this season, is the 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year the WNBA announced today. Stewart, a 6-4 forward, and Seattle guard Jewell Loyd - the 2015 winner - make the Storm the first team in WNBA history to have the Rookie of the Year in consecutive seasons. Stewart, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, received 38 votes from a national panel of... [read more]
Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94, college: Connecticut) of the Seattle Storm, who led all first-year players in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots this season, is the 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year the WNBA announced today. Stewart, a 6-4 forward, and Seattle guard Jewell Loyd - the 2015 winner - make the Storm the first team in WNBA history to have the Rookie of the Year in consecutive seasons. Stewart, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, received 38 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters. San Antonio Stars guard Moriah Jefferson (5'7''-PG-94, college: Connecticut), Stewart's former teammate at the University of Connecticut, was the only other player to receive a vote. Stewart topped all rookies with 18.3 points (sixth in the WNBA), 9.3 rebounds (second) and 1.9 blocks (third). She became the sixth player in WNBA history to reach all three of those averages in the same season, joining Sylvia Fowles, Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker. Behind Stewart, the Storm finished 16-18 and advanced to the WNBA Playoffs for the first time since 2013. Stewart appeared in all 34 regular-season games and tied for the league lead in minutes (34.7 mpg). She ranked second among rookies in assists (3.4 apg) and steals (1.2 spg) and was third in field goal percentage (45.7) and free throw percentage (83.3). A 2016 Olympic gold medalist with USA Basketball, Stewart earned all four WNBA Rookie of the Month presented by Samsung awards and was named Western Conference Player of the Week once. In honor of being named the 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung, Stewart will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy by Tiffany & Co. All-Rookie Team: Moriah Jefferson Powers Aerial (6'0''-F-94, college: Michigan St.) Breanna Stewart Imani Boyette (6'7''-C-94, college: Texas) Tiffany Mitchell (5'9''-G, college: S.Carolina, agency: LBM Management) Courtesy of: hoopfeed.com
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