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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. 

Vandersloot’s take on her rookie season

ESPNW has a final take on Courtney Vandersloot's rookie season in the WNBA.

Vandersloot makes WNBA rookie team

Former Gonzaga women's basketball star Courtney Vandersloot (above, throwing out a first pitch at a Mariner's game early this season - I just like the pix) completed her first WNBA season on Sunday and was named to the All-Rookie team on Friday.

The No. 3 overall draft pick is surrounded by some familiar names, including top pick Maya Moore, who went to Minnesota from UConn, Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson and Texas A&M's Danielle Adams, both of San Antonio, and Australian Liz Cambage of Tulsa.

The voting was done by coaches, who couldn't  vote for their own player. Moore was rookie of the year after leading the Lynx from the worst record to the best. Moore and Robinson were named by all 11 opposing coaches, Vandersloot got 10 and the other two nine.

Vandersloot (the subject of a Lukens at Large inteview) set Chicago's single-season assist record and made the WNBA all-star team. She started 26 of 34 games and averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 assists. She will play in Turkey before returning for her second season with Chicago next summer.

It’s over for Vandersloot & Sky

Just a quick post for the link our game story from  Courtney Vandersloot and the Chicago Sky ending the WNBA regular season with a loss at defending champion Seattle. (Monday exhaustion and Tuesday forgetfulness, a bad combo.)

BTW, in the photo above, Vandersloot's idol, Sue Bird, fouled her. As she bumped Vandersloot off-balance, Vandersloot's hand flew out and smacked Bird in the mouth, causing a slight bloody lip. Afterwards, with a shy smile, Vandersloot said, “Yeah, I felt bad about that.”

Vandersloot back in Washington

UPDATE: Vandersloot finishes with five points and two assists in 22 minutes of an 81-70 loss.

Vandersloot hits a 3 late in first half but her Chicago Sky trail Seattle Storm 41-33. Vandersloot is 1-5 with one board, two assists, two fouls in 13 minutes.


Getting from the interstate to Key Arena, with the Mercer exit closed, was nothing compared to getting on-line at Key Arena, but we did. Didn't need to look up with Courtney Vandersloot came out for warmups.

There was a story today about her rookie season in the WNBA (the by-line was left off, but yes, I took a break from hockey and rodeo to talk to her), as well as a little catch-up with local players Briann January and Angie Bjorklund, who are injured.

There could be a near-record crowd here because of Vandersloot. There was a Gonzaga alumni function before the game and another after. The GU women's team is here, plaeyrs in Sky T's, and the City of Kent, where Vandersloot went to high school, is doing something.

Back later.

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, 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.

Chicago takes Vandersloot & Bjorklund

Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot became the highest drafted basketball player with local ties when the Chicago Sky selected her with the third pick in the WNBA Draft Monday afternoon.


The Sky added University High School graduate Angie Bjorklund, from Tennessee, in the second round, the 17th pick overall.


With Tacoma native Alex Montgomery, who averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds at Georgia Tech, going to the New York Liberty as the 10th pick in the first round, that's three players from Washington in the first 17 picks.


Keep reading, there is more now and we'll have more later.

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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