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October a good month for January

Remember Briann January? The dimunitive point guard for Lewis and Clark High School?

She played basketball for the Tigers, among other things (like a state title in Track and Field), and went on to a standout collegiate career at Arizona State after she graduated in 2005. Now she plays professionally in the WNBA and in Europe. And last week January and the Indiana Fever upset the Minnesota Lynx for the WNBA title. So we caught up with January on Thursday.

Also, just an early reminder: our hoops section is off to the printer in about two weeks. Just something to keep in mind. Please, don't lose any sleep. I know it's sort of like a two-week Christmas Eve for all of you, but good things are worth waiting for. 

WNBA tips off tonight, locals meet Sat.

The WNBA season opens tonight but the first game for the local trio is Saturday.

The Chicago Sky, with rookies Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga) and Angie Bjorklund (University HS) opens at Indiana, with third-year veteran Briann January (Lewis and Clark HS).

Preseason stories for the Sky and Fever project both Vandersloot and January as starting point guards and calls each of them the “Player on the Spot” for their team.

You can find information about the two teams and the league in general at ESPN.com, WNBA.com and Sports Illustrated. Most predictions have the Seattle Storm repeating as WNBA champion with Indiana expected to make the East Division playoffs. It's about 50-50 on the Sky making the top 4 in the East for the first time ever.

Seattle raises its banner Saturday in a noon game on ABC.

Chicago-Indiana is at 4 p.m., and it can be followed through the WNBA website or the team websites.

By the way, the game tonight, 8 p.m. , is Minnesota, with No. 1 draft pick Maya Moore, at Los Angeles and Candace Parker.

Indiana plays its only game at Seattle on June 17, Chicago's only trip is the season finale on Sept. 11 (you don't suppose that will get overshadowed quite a bit, do you?).

Each team only has one appearance on ESPN2 (full schedule below), Tulsa at Indian on June 14 and Seattle at Chicago on July 19.

Vandersloot, Bjorklund await WNBA draft

Spare time this week was spent connecting with Courtney Vandersloot and Angie Bjorklund as they await Monday's WNBA draft. Our story for Sunday's paper, which includes  local product Briann January, a former first-round pick, giving her thoughts, will be up late Saturday or early Sunday, so be sure to come back.

There are other stories, plenty from ESPN.com, which, of course, has a vested interest as the host for the draft. The 12-team, 3-round draft is at noon on the ESPN stations. Vandersloot is going to go in the Top 10, Bjorklund is also considered a top prospect.

For a roundup, try Jayda Evans' women's hoops blog at The Seattle Times, which indicates some area stars might be shopping for places to go after going with Xavier and Cal, which lost their coaches. It might help that the X coach is now running the Huskies. The Cal coach bolted for Virginia, and of course UCLA is open with Nikki Caldwell headed to LSU.

January selected high in pro draft

Lewis and Clark graduate Briann January, a two-time Pac-10 Defender of the Year  at Arizona State, was selected even higher in the Women’s National Basketball Association draft than projected. January was selected sixth overall, by the Indiana Fever, during today’s draw. January graduated from LC in 2005 following a four-year starting career for the Tigers. The Sun Devils reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament this year before losing to national champion Connecticut.

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