2013-14 Storm Offseason Update

Marina Karpunina, Sue BirdWe’re checking in on your favorite WNBA stars as they take the show on the road and around the world.

Russia

Temeka Johnson – Nadezhda Orenburg
In her first four games, Temeka Johnson is starting at point guard and is averaging 7.8 points per game and 3.0 assists per game. With wins over Spartak Noginsk, Chevakata and Dynamo Kursk, Orenburg is 3-1 and tied for second place in the Russian League with Spartak Moscow. Next up is a November 17 game against Dynamo-GUVD.

Sue Bird – UMMC
Coming off knee rehab throughout the WNBA season, Bird is back in action for UMMC Ekaterinburg. Bird teamed up with Candace Parker to lead UMMC to a SuperCup victory against Kristi Toliver and Dynamo Moscow on October 29. In Russian League play, UMMC is 4-0 and in first place. Through her first four games, Bird is averaging 13.3 points and 4.8 assists in 26.8 minutes of play. The Russian powerhouse recently rolled over UNI Gyor and Bird’s fellow Storm teammate Joslyn Tinkle 101-43 in EuroLeague play and next up is a November 17 matchup with Chevakata.

Hungary

Tianna Hawkins – UNIQA
Beginning their EuroLeague slate on November 6 with a victory over IMOS BRNO of the Czech Republic, Tianna Hawkins has worked her way into the starting lineup for her Hungarian team. In her first EuroLeague game, Hawkins scored 12 points on 4-10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes of play. In eight games of overseas action, Hawkins is averaging a team-high 14.3 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game and 23 minutes per contest.

Joslyn Tinkle – UNI Gyor
In her first game of EuroLeague experience, Joslyn Tinkle faced off against Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg, including Storm teammate Sue Bird and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker. Tinkle came off the bench to finish with seven points and four rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

Turkey

Camille Little and Tanisha Wright – Kayseri
Teaming up for Kayseri Kaski in Turkey, Camille Little and Tanisha Wright have both found themselves in the starting lineup through the team’s first six games. Little is averaging 14.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 30.6 minutes per game. Wright is averaging a team-high 19.0 points (56.9 percent from the floor), 7.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and a team-high 33.5 minutes per game. Undefeated with a 6-0 record, the team next plays on November 17 against Mersin and November 24 at Antakya.

China

Lauren Jackson – Heilongjiang Shenda
Lauren Jackson will be playing her first game with Heilongjiang of the Women’s Chinese Basketball League when the season starts later this month.

South Korea

Noelle Quinn – Woori Hansae
In her first season in South Korea, Noelle Quinn is making her presence felt. Woori Hansae is 3-0 in the WKBL, and the league’s top two leading scorers, Sasha Goodlett (13.0 ppg) and Quinn (12.3 ppg) are both a part of the undefeated Woori Hansae. In their most recent game on November 10, Woori Hansae defeated Shekinna Stricklen and the Shinham Bank S-Birds 85-79. In 10 minutes, Quinn scored nine points on 4-5 shooting. Woori Hansae tips off against KDB and their recent addition, Tina Thompson on November 15.

Ashley Robinson – Samsung
Ashley Robinson returns to South Korea to compete with Samsung Life Bichumi. In her first game against Noelle Quinn and Woori Hansae, Robinson scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in 22 minutes of play. Next up for Robinson’s team is a rematch with Quinn and Woori Hansae on November 17.

Tina Thompson – KDB
Tina Thompson recently traveled to South Korea and her first game is on Friday, November 15 against Noelle Quinn and Woori Hansae. Her team, which includes 6-6 Kelley Cain (New York Liberty/Tennessee), is 0-2 prior to her arrival.

Shekinna Stricklen – Shinham Bank S-birds
In her first season in South Korea and second overseas, Shekinna Stricklen has worked her way into the starting lineup for Shinham Bank S-Birds. In her first game, Stricklen scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 31 minutes of action against Noelle Quinn and Woori Hansae on November 10. Prior to that, Stricklen played in two preseason games in which she averaged 13.5 points per game. Stricklen tips off against Tina Thompson and KDB on November 18.

United States

Alysha Clark – Assistant Coach, Middle Tennessee State
Middle Tennessee State won their exhibition matches against University of Alabama-Huntsville and Freed-Hardeman on October 29 and November 1 but fell to No. 4 Tennessee 67-57 for their first game of the preseason. Clark and MTSU head to Coral Gables, Florida for a November 15 game against Miami and then make a short trip west to take on Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas on November 19.

Source: Seattle Storm