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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.”
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.
President Barack Obama, fulfilling the number one presidential duty of congratulator-in-chief, had the WNBA champion Seattle Storm over to the White House this afternoon for some high fives and kind words.
He introduced the coach, joked around with the players and talked about how he sweated his stint as a coach for daughter Sasha's team. “Nothing gets me more stressed,” he said.
(Not Afghanistan? Not Libya? Not the economy? Wow, those kids must be playing in a tough league.)
Joining the gathering were some other Washington state folks who hang out in the other Washington, former Governor/current Commerce Secretary/future Ambassador Gary Locke, Deputy HUD Secretary Ron Simms and Sen. Patty Murray. The Storm didn't make the trip just to have their picture taken in the Rose Garden; they held a basketball clinic for some inner city kids in D.C.
The White House was kind enough to send out a full transcript of the event. You can read it inside the blog.