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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Camara transferring to UConn

Time will tell how the UConn coaching staff does in adding post players in the next recruiting class but the 2017-18 Huskies will have some size up front thanks to another transfer joining the program.

Batouly Camara, a former Blair Academy star who spent her freshman season at Kentucky, will be joining former Duke star Azura' Stevens as transfers joining the Huskies since the end of the season.

Camara is a versatile 6-foot-2 forward from New York who averaged a double-double as a senior. In her three seasons at Blair, she led the Buccaneers to a 62-8 record and three consecutive Mid-Atlantic Prep league titles.

Here's a video I shot when Camara took part in the USA Basketball U-18 national team trials back in 2014.

Camara averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game as a freshman at Kentucky.

She had a career-high 11 rebounds against UNC-Asheville in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In a loss at South Carolina Camara had a career-high 14 points to go with nine rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 25 minutes before fouling out. She also had eight points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in an overtime win against Tennessee.

Camara previously announced that she would be transferring out of Kentucky, one of six players to transfer, another was dismissed and multiple players who have committed to play for the Wildcats have backed out of those pledges.

This will mark the first time UConn has three transfers on its roster as Camara and Stevens joins Natalie Butler, who is set for her second season on the court at UConn after transferring from Georgetown.

On the 2004-05 season UConn's roster featured junior-college transfer Rashidit Sadiq and Brittany Hunter, who played at Duke as a freshman. Hunter had to sit out that season and by the time she played in a game with the Huskies, Sadiq was no longer a part of the program. Rita Williams also went the junior-college route, spending her freshman season at Mitchell Community College and teamed with former University of Arizona product Sarah Northway for two seasons. However, Mitchell was part of UConn's plans coming out of high school so including her in a list of transfers is kind of hard to do even though she officially would be included as a transfer.

Both Camara and Stevens would have to sit out the upcoming season. Stevens will have two years of eligibility remaining while Camara would have three.

UConn has 13 scholarship players for the upcoming season and with only Saniya Chong and Tierney Lawlor leaving at season's end. UConn has two commitments (Andra Espinoza-Hunter and Lexi Gordon) in the next class so there are two remaining scholarships in the Class of 2017.

The Hartford Courant was the first to report that Camara was likely to land at UConn.

NURSE TO MISS EARLY PORTION OF CANADA'S OLYMPIC PREPARATIONS
The Canadian women's national team is currently in Edmonton for the first stage of its Olympic preparations before leaving to play five international friendlies in Spain and France. However, UConn rising junior guard Kia Nurse is not currently with the team and according to a team spokesperson, neither Nurse nor any of the WNBA players in the player pool will be taking part in the European tour.

There's no cause for concern regarding Nurse as she is back at UConn to what was termed "school commitments" but is expected to join the team this summer. The move makes sense as Nurse looked like she was exhausted by the end of what was a hectic summer for her and the Canadian program which won the Pan Am Games and FIBA Americas title. As the team's leading scorer in both events, Nurse will obviously be a member of the squad and by remaining in Connecticut, she won't be overworked this summer. Canada still has two more training camps, a three-game set of exhibitions against China as well as more international friendlies being held in the U.S. and perhaps in Connecticut shortly before the team leaves for the Olympics.

FORMER HUSKIES MAKING NEWS
A couple of items to report regarding former UConn stars.

First, Tamika Williams was hired at Penn State after leaving her job as an assistant coach at Kentucky. Also, Jamelle Elliott will serve as an advanced scout for the U.S. team at the Olympics.

Cincinnati, where Elliott serves as the head women's basketball coach, announced the news earlier today. Ironically, she will join her former teammate and classmate in the court coach/advance scout as Jen Rizzotti will also handle those chores.

What's interesting with Williams' appointment is that she coached Camara in her final season at Kentucky and now one of the players she will get to coach at Penn State is UConn transfer De'Janae Boykin.

Also, former UConn star Carla Berube and former UConn assistant coach Tonya Cardoza were named court coaches at the upcoming U-17 and U-18 national team trials.

The U-17 trials run from Thursday-Monday with the U-18s running from Saturday-Monday.

UConn Class of 2017 commits Andra Espinoza-Hunter and Lexi Gordon are among 150 players competing for 12 spots on the U.S. taking part in the FIBA U-17 World Championships while 30 players including UConn incoming freshman Crystal Dangerfield and Class of 2017 recruiting target Megan Walker are taking part in the U18 camp. Walker is part of the U.S. squad playing in the FIBA Women's 3x3 U18 World Championships from June 1-5 in Kazakhstan so the four players on that squad will be leaving on Sunday and only take part in Saturday's sessions.

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UConn players shine in WNBA matinee

An afternoon game televised locally on MSG and on NBA TV in other parts of the country turned into a showcase for a pair of former UConn stars.

Tiffany Hayes had 27 points (going 10 for 10 from the foul line) and 11 rebounds as the Atlanta Dream defeated the New York Liberty 85-79 to improve to 3-1.

Tina Charles had a game-high 29 points (going 13 for 24 from the floor) to go with 10 rebounds, six assists, seven steals and two blocked shots for the Liberty. Kiah Stokes finished with five points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Shortly before the game started it was announced that Swin Cash returned to the team. She was one of the last cuts but obviously the team figured out a way to bring her back and remain under the salary cap. She had six points and two rebounds in 14 minutes.

Former Connecticut Sun forward Elizabeth Williams had 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists and four steals and former Hillhouse star Bria Holmes added seven points, one rebound and one steal for Atlanta.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Report: Former Kentucky forward may land at UConn

There was a time when Batouly Camara was in the mix to join the UConn women's basketball program. According to a report by the Hartford Courant, that may actually end up happening as Camara is considering a transfer to UConn.

It was almost two years ago to the day that I posted a blog about the former Blair Academy star when I was out in Colorado Springs for the USA Basketball junior national trials.

"It (UConn's interest) was a progression, being with USA (Basketball) and being able to talk to them, word gets around," Camara said at the time. "I feel honored to be even considered by UConn and Geno (Auriemma)."

Camara is a versatile 6-foot-2 forward from New York who averaged a double-double as a senior. In her three seasons at Blair, she led the Buccaneers to a 62-8 record and three consecutive Mid-Atlantic Prep league titles.

Camara averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game as a freshman at Kentucky. She had a career-high 11 rebounds against UNC-Asheville in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In a loss at South Carolina Camara had a career-high 14 points to go with nine rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 25 minutes before fouling out. She also had eight points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in an overtime win against Tennessee.

Camara previously announced that she would be transferring out of Kentucky, one of six players to transfer, another was dismissed and multiple players who have committed to play for the Wildcats have backed out of those pledges.

Camara has a couple of advantages when it comes to potentially landing at UConn. First, she was involved with the UConn coaching staff during the recruiting process so there is already a sense of what kind of player and person she is. Also, former UConn star Tamika Williams was one of the Kentucky assistants last season (although she also left the program) so the Huskies can get an honest assessment of Camara from somebody who knows what it takes to play for the 11-time national champions.

If Camara does land at UConn, I believe it would be the first time that the Huskies have accepted two transfers in the same year. Former Duke star Azura' Stevens has already been officially announced as an accepted transfer. Both Camara and Stevens come from programs dealing with departures at a fast and furious rate. UConn rising junior Natalie Butler came to UConn from Georgetown under similar situations. Both Camara and Stevens would have to sit out the upcoming season. Stevens will have two years of eligibility remaining while Camara would have three.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Former UConn stars weigh in on life after the Big 3 for the Huskies

Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley were among the returning players at UConn learning to adapt to things on the court following the graduation of the legendary Maya Moore so there might not be two better people to provide insight into the challenges awaiting for next year's Huskies.

Led by Kia Nurse, Gabby Williams, Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, the Huskies have the nucleus to make a run at an unprecedented 10th consecutive Final Four but the graduation of Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck leaves some major holes to fill for the Huskies.

"I didn't play with any of them (other than Saniya Chong) but I watched them and you can see their games are improving throughout the season," Hartley said before leading her Washington Mystics team to an overtime victory over the Connecticut Sun on Saturday. "They might struggle with some leadership and somebody is going to have to step up into that role. They are going to have some growing pains but you have seen it at UConn in year's past, players step up and players mature, players step into that leadership role and they are able to figure it out."

UConn lost in the national semifinals when Dolson and Hartley were freshmen and sophomores but those lessons proved beneficial later in the duo's time with the Huskies. That could also happen with the returning UConn stars.

"I think it will be fun," Dolson said. "I know Coach Auriemma will be excited, people are going to challenge him because they think the team is going to drop and that just gives him more ammo to make them great."

Dolson was one of the former UConn stars able to be in Indianapolis as the Huskies won their fourth straight national title. It gave her a chance to experience the run for glory from a different side of things.
"I think the best part was that their were so many alums and so many amazing women there who all went to UConn, all have gone through the same thing, all won a national championship at some point and to be able to be there for history was special," Dolson said. "I was like the biggest fan there. When they were getting the trophy, I was up in front taking the pictures because I was so excited for them and so happy I had the ability to be there."

Hartley was still playing overseas so she couldn't be there but she remained in contact with Jefferson, Stewart and Tuck.

"I would text them before every game," Hartley said. "It was kind of cool, especially those three, I have seen them grow up a lot. I was there when they were freshmen and it was our (Hartley's and Dolson's) first national championship. It was really exciting, I wish I could have been there but hopefully sooner rather than later I will get to the Final Four.

"You just look at winning four national championships and doing it every year ... If you look at my career, our first two years it was really hard to get to that point. They stuck to it each time even in games when they were kind of down a little bit, they were able to come back or when they had bad (stretches) they were able to maintain that maturity level, maintain their composure to come back and finish games."

Dolson and Hartley met up with Tuck for the first time as a professional in last night's game and the Mystics' next game is against Stewart's Seattle Storm squad on Thursday. The first on-court showdown with Jefferson won't come until June 29.

"I was just thinking about it today, it is funny to see them in the league because I feel like I always thought they would always be in college which I am sure people thought the same thing for me and Bria," Dolson said. "I am happy for them that they have grown up, matured and have been so successful. In the league, they are going to be special players so I am excited to see how far they go."

ANOTHER SPECIAL HONOR FOR LOBO
Former UConn star Rebecca Lobo is no stranger to being inducted into hall of fames but in November she will receive another prestigious honor when she becomes a part of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame induction class.

In order to put this honor into perspective, it is not a sports hall of fame but for legends in all walks of life. The only other sports figures currently inducted are Olympic gold medal winning figure skater Dorothy Hamill, a player called this countries' "First Lady of Golf" Glenna Collett Vare and softball legends Joan Joyce and Donna Lopiano. Lobo will join some iconic figures like Prudence Crandall and Harriet Beecher Stowe as well as four-time Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn.

Induction will take place on Nov. 2 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

OLYMPIC SCHEDULE SET
Times have been announced for the Olympic women's basketball tournament. The U.S. team featuring five former Huskies has the first game of the day/night for its first two preliminary round contests. It' can be a little confusing when it comes to listing the dates of the game so rather than going by the tine locally in Rio, I will list the time here in Connecticut.

The U.S. will play Senegal at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7 and will be in the same time slot  the next day against a team to be determined by the results in the Olympic qualifying tournament. The U.S. will meet Serbia at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 and then on Aug. 12 will meet Canada, led by UConn's Kia Nurse, also at 2:30 p.m. The U.S. will play another qualifier in the final game in pool play on Aug. 14 at 11:15 a.m.

Canada, which kicked the first of its training camps on Saturday in Edmonton, opened with a qualifying team at 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 6, will play Serbia on 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 8, Senegal on Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m, followed by the aforementioned game against the U.S. before wrapping up pool play against a qualifier at 4:45 p.m. (the final game in the group play portion of the tournament). The top four teams in each of the two groups advance to the quarterfinals on Aug. 16, the semifinals are set for Aug. 18, the bronze-medal game and gold-medal contest scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 20.
France, the 2012 Olympic silver medalists, and Spain, which won the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championships, highlight the 12 teams vying for five Olympic berths in the qualifying tournament which runs from June 13-19 in France. Two teams will be in Group B with the U.S. and Canada while three teams will be placed in Group A.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Former UConn star Stefanie Dolson no fan of being labeled

When former UConn star Stefanie Dolson posted a photo on instagram of a moment of pure joy with her and her partner, she wasn't thinking it would result in her declaring in a story on the ESPN site that she is in a gay relationship. However, in the days since that article was published, the All-Star forward for the WNBA's Washington Mystics has no regrets for letting people know who she is.

Before the Mystics played the Connecticut Sun on Saturday night Dolson entertained questions from reporters, many of whom covered her during her time as a Husky. The nearly 10-minute interview session was dominated with questions about the impact of the ESPN article.

"Everything is great," Dolson said. "Everybody has been supportive. I don't really see it as an announcement. It was mainly to get out that the WNBA as a league is supportive of who we are as women and that is why our fans are so great because they support us too. That is what I've got since the article and everybody has been supportive and just glad I am happy.

"I've had a few people say that it is something that our league needs to have people who are comfortable for themselves to say who they are and let the fans know. Not that everybody needs to, not everybody needs to be public but I am a pretty public person so why not let the fans into who I am."

ESPN, after seeing the aforementioned photo of Dolson, approached her about going public with her life as LGBT professional athlete.

"I had a decision to do it or not," Dolson said. "I think they just saw the instagram stuff, saw that I was happy and see if I would be willing to let the fans into my world.

"I didn't even think about it when I posted the picture. It meant nothing in that aspect, it was just posting a picture of two people really happy."

Not all of the reaction Dolson has received has been of the supportive variety but she merely shrugged her shoulders when thinking about any negative responses she has received in the last week and a half.

"There has been some positive stuff, some negative but everybody has opinions and then there has been stuff where 'OK.' It doesn't matter and that is probably the best reaction. They just take me for who I am and move on.
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"We have taken really big steps forward as a society in general in accepting people for who they are, letting them live, be happy and love whoever they want. It is definitely different from years past to what it is now but there is still space and room to grow."

Dolson, who said in the article that her main objective in any relationship is more about her own happiness than sexual preference, is willing to take the torch as an advocate for the LGBT world.

"It is mainly to be a role model for the younger girls because they don't know what is going on in the world right now but they will grow up being an even better generation than ours for accepting who people are," Dolson said.

"I am willing to (be an advocate), the biggest thing is not labeling. The reason I did the article is putting it out there that the league is accepting but also labeling is not a big necessity. I don't think people should be labeled for who they are whether it is gay, straight, bi-sexual or whatever it is. I am a part of the LGBT community and I have always been even before I came into who I am, I've had friends who are and I am big supporters of them and always have been an advocate."

Dolson has received support from her family as well as current and former teammates.

"It is good that she is kind of able to step out and be herself, everybody can accept her for who she is," said Mystics guard Bria Hartley, a teammate of Dolson's since they were both freshmen at UConn. "I know I will always accept her.

"You have seen her grow and grow, become more open and more comfortable with who she is. I think she is happy and I am happy for her."

Hartley believes the step that Dolson has taken could benefit future generations.

"You want to see young girls and young boys come out and say they are comfortable with who they are regardless of their sexual orientation," Hartley said.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Day to remember for UConn's Samuelson


UConn rising sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson has earned her share of honors in her playing career but today had to be extra special as she had her No. 33 retired at California powerhouse Mater Dei High School.

Photos from today's ceremony courtesy of Mater Dei High School
Samuelson set Mater Dei single-season records with a 29.2 scoring average, field-goal percentage of 62.0, an 89.4 free-throw percentage, 117 3-pointers made, 178 free throws made and 211 foul shots attempted. Her 42 points, 10 3-pointers made and 16 foul shots made are single-game program records (the latter being tied with her sister Karlie). Although she only played her final three seasons at Mater Dei after playing at Edison High as a freshman, Samuelson ranks second behind former UConn star Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis in Mater Dei High with 2,244 points, 760 rebounds and 297 3-pointers.

As a freshman at UConn Samuelson scored 408 points, the ninth most for a freshman in program history. Samuelson had a team-leading 78 3-pointers despite missing the national title game and second half of the national semifinals with a broken foot. Mosqueda-Lewis is the only UConn player with more 3-pointers as a freshman.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

UConn, Texas to meet in Jimmy V Classic

UConn and Texas have met in the last two NCAA tournaments and now they will play in the regular season for the first time since 2009 when the Huskies and Longhorns meet in the Jimmy V Classic at Mohegan Sun Arena on Dec. 4. The game will begin at 4 p.m. and air on ESPN.

This will be UConn's sixth consecutive Jimmy V Classic and ninth appearance overall while Texas will be playing in the event for just the second time.

“Being a part of the Jimmy V Classic is always very special and enjoyable. For several years now, this game has become part of the ESPN college basketball landscape and to be associated with it says something about your program and how it’s viewed nationally," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. "More importantly, being a part of the Jimmy V Classic gives us the opportunity to teach this year’s group of players a little about Jimmy, what he stood for and how important the cause of curing cancer is. Playing in this game never gets old."

UConn is 7-0 against Texas with four of the wins coming in the NCAA tournament. The Longhorns have the distinction of being the only team the Huskies beat more than once in the NCAA tournament during its run of three straight titles from 2002-04 and also played them multiple times in the NCAA tourney during the current streak of four straight national titles.

Texas figures to have one of the better backcourts in the country led by last year's leading scorer Brooke McCarty as well as rising stars Ariel Atkins and Lashann Higgs. High school All-American Joyner Holmes, who drew some recruiting interest from UConn, comes into the program to add some size following the graduation of WNBA first-round pick Imani Boyette.

The Texas game is part of an ambitious non-conference schedule for the Huskies. UConn will host Baylor, Chattanooga, Dayton, DePaul, Ohio State and South Carolina, play on the road against Florida State, Kansas State, LSU, Maryland, Nebraska and Notre Dame. Also, with the American Athletic Conference making the switch to playing 16 regular-season games after having 18 conference games, look for the breakdown of home and away opponents to be announced likely not long after the conclusion of the AAC annual meetings set from May 31-June 3 in Miami.

Here are UConn's previous Jimmy V Classic results
11-24-2002 at Raleigh, N.C.: UConn 78, North Carolina State 50
11-21-2004 at Releigh, N.C.: North Carolina 71, UConn 65
12-5-2005 at Hartford: North Carolina 77, UConn 54
12-6-2011 at Hartford: UConn 81, Texas A&M 51
12-2-2012 at Hartford: UConn 63, Maryland 48
12-17-2013 at Durham, N.C.: UConn 83, Duke 61
12-6-2014 at South Bend, Ind: UConn 76, Notre Dame 58
12-5-2015 at Storrs: UConn 91, Notre Dame 81

 

Friday, May 13, 2016

UConn alums lead the way in WNBA again

Most of the WNBA rosters have been updated on the official site to reflect the final cuts and once all of the rosters are announced, UConn will lead the way with a total of 14 players on WNBA rosters, five more than any other school.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the UConn contingent is that eight of the 11 players on the Huskies' 2012-13 team will not only be in the WNBA this season but they were first-round picks.

I did some checking and the eight players from one team ties the record. The 2000-01 squad had eight future WNBA players who saw game action (Svetlana Abrosimova, Ashley Battle, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, Kelly Schumacher, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Williams)  and nine eventual WNBA players on the roster because Jessica Moore was being redshirted and did not play a game. The 2002-03 Tennessee squad also had eight future WNBA players (Tasha Butts, Shyra Ely, Tye'sha Fluker, Gwen Jackson, Kara Lawson, Loree Moore, Ashley Robinson, Shanna Zolman) while Candace Parker sat out the 2004-05 season otherwise there would have been eight WNBAers on that team as well.

The 2012-13 team's eight first-round selections did break the mark of seven from the 2000-01 team for most coming from one team

2012-13
1-2016 Breanna Stewart
2-2016 Moriah Jefferson
3-2015 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis
3-2016 Morgan Tuck
6-2014 Stefanie Dolson
7-2014 Bria Hartley
11-2013 Kelly Faris
11-2015 Kiah Stokes

2000-01
1-2002 Sue Bird
1-2004 Diana Taurasi
2-2002 Swin Cash
4-2002 Asjha Jones
6-2002 Tamika Williams
7-2001 Svetlana Abrosimova
14-2001 Kelly Schumacher

Here's a look at the UConn products on current WNBA rosters
Atlanta: Tiffany Hayes
Connecticut: Kelly Faris, Morgan Tuck
Minnesota: Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore
New York: Tina Charles, Kiah Stokes
Phoenix: Diana Taurasi
San Antonio: Moriah Jefferson
Seattle: Sue Bird, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Breanna Stewart
Washington: Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley

Among based on the Los Angeles Sparks roster on the site, among the cuts today were Jasmine Lister, who spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at UConn.

Finally, the WNBA released its annual poll of the league's general managers and it shouldn't be a shocker to see former UConn stars leading in several categories as Maya Moore is listed as the best finisher, Tina Charles has the best post moves and is the second-best rebounder, Sue Bird is listed as being the best passer and having the highest basketball IQ while Diana Taurasi is the best shooter, toughest player and tied for being the best leader.

Who is the most underrated player in the WNBA?1. Emma Meesseman = 17%
T-2. Alysha Clark, Alex Bentley, Briann January, Jantel Lavender, Candice Dupree, DeWanna Bonner, Tanisha Wright, Tiffany Hayes, Kayla McBride, Elizabeth Williams = 8%
Which player is the best finisher?
1. Maya Moore = 42%
2. Angel McCoughtry = 25%
T-3. Nnneka Ogwumike, Skylar Diggins, Diana Taurasi, Elena Delle Donne = 8%
Which player is the best at getting her own shot?1. Diana Taurasi = 42%
T-2. Angel McCoughtry, Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore = 17%
3. Candace Parker = 8%
Which player is the best rebounder?1. Nneka Ogwumike = 33%
T-2. Courtney Paris, Tina Charles = 25%
T-3. Rebekkah Brunson, Sancho Little 8%
Which player has the best post moves?
1. Tina Charles = 42%
2. Candace Parker = 17%
T-3. Crystal Langhorne, Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles, Kelsey Bone, Nneka Ogwumike = 8%
Which player is the best passer?1. Sue Bird = 50%
2. Lindsay Whalen = 25%
3. Courtney Vandersloot = 17%
4. Diana Taurasi = 8%
Which player is most dangerous in the open floor?1. Angel McCoughtry = 67%
T-2. Cappie Pondexter, Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore, Riquna Williams = 8%
Which player is the most athletic?
1. Angel McCoughtry = 42%
2. Nneka Ogwumike = 33%
T-3. Candace Parker, Jewell Loyd, Maya Moore = 8%
Which player is the best pure shooter?1. Diana Taurasi = 33%
2. Elena Delle Donne = 25%
3. Allie Quigley = 17%
T-4. Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Tricia Liston = 8%
Which player is the best leader?T-1. Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings = 33%
2. Maya Moore = 17%
T-3. Lindsay Whalen, Sue Bird = 8%
Who is the toughest player in the WNBA?1. Diana Taurasi = 42%
2. Tamika Catchings = 25%
T-3. Briann January, Lindsday Whalen, Maya Moore, Tanisha Wright = 8%
Which player has the best basketball I.Q.?
1. Sue Bird = 42%
2. Diana Taurasi = 33%
T-3. Candace Parker, Lindsay Whalen, Penny Taylor, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings = 8%
Which player is the best at making her teammates better?
1. Tamika Catchings = 50%
T-2. Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird = 25%

SPECIAL HONOR FOR SAMUELSON
According to a tweet by Mater Dei High School coach, the school will retire Katie Lou Samuelson's No. 33 in a ceremony on Wednesday.

Samuelson scored more than 2,000 points in her three seasons at Mater Dei and set single-season program records in scoring average, 3-pointers made and free throws made and attempted.