Storm rookie forward Ramu Tokashiki will miss four Storm games while she fulfills obligations with the Japanese National Team, competing in the 2015 FIBA Asia Women’s Championship.
“We were aware and in full support of Taku’s commitment to the Japanese National Team,” said Storm President & GM Alisha Valavanis. “We wish her the best of luck and look forward to her return to the Storm in September.”
Tokashiki will arrive in Japan on August 23 to practice with the Japanese National Team prior to the competition in Wuhan, China beginning on August 29. The Japanese National Team will play India on August 30, Taiwan on August 31, China on September 1 and Thailand on September 2. The semifinals and finals will take place September 4-5.
Tokashiki will miss the Storm’s games on August 28 vs. San Antonio, August 30 vs. Washington, September 3 vs. Tulsa, and September 6 at Chicago. She will rejoin the team in Minnesota ahead of the Storm’s game at the Target Center on September 8.
This season, Tokashiki has started 12 games, playing in all 26, averaging 20 minutes per game. She’s third on the WNBA rookies scoring list, at 8.3 points per game, and is averaging 3.1 rebounds a contest.