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STAY TUNED FOR LYNX-SKY ON SUNDAY
On Sunday at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex in Orlando, the defending champion Minnesota Lynx, featuring Olympians Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen, will take on reigning Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky for the first-ever WNBA Preseason Tournament championship at 12:30 p.m. ET.
In the first game, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury will face the Indiana Fever at 10 a.m ET.
SOUVENIRS, MEMORIES FOR EVERYONE
LEARNING FROM THE COACHES
Minnesota assistant Shelley Peterson (pictured above), Chicago assistant Tree Rollins and Indiana assistant Stephanie White spoke to AAU coaches and players on Sunday afternoon.
Rollins, an 18-year NBA vet, is in his second season with the Sky. He will have his hands full this year as he is tasked with preparing third-year big Sasha Goodlett and rookie Markeisha Gatling, among others, to step in for injured Olympian Sylvia Fowles, who is out until at least June.
He got to work early, however, by helping out this young AAU player with their post moves.
ANOTHER DISNEY BIRTHDAY
The icing on the cake for the players, however, was being able to "paddle" their coach. What does that mean? WATCH HERE
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT
With the AAU Spring Fling II girls basketball event also taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, this weekend has afforded young WNBA fans an opportunity to meet WNBA players and ask them questions. On Saturday afternoon, Chicago's Elena Delle Donne and Tamera Young and Minnesota's Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen greeted fans at a Players Panel.
EDD WANTS TO WIN
EQUAL PARTS PLAYER AND COACH
As a point guard, Indiana's Briann January assumes the role of coach on the floor.
After an offseason where she interned on the Adelphi University basketball staff and one where the Fever have incorporated several younger players into the rotation, it looks like the two roles might merge.
"This year has been different, the look of the Fever has been different. We have a lot of young kids, but they've brought a lot of good energy," January said. "As a point guard, you have to communicate and do all those types of things, so I'm working on my coaching as we speak."
January is entering her sixth WNBA season and was a key component in Indiana's run for a title in 2012. Her experieces this offseason, however, have started to shape what she wants to do once her playing days are over.
"My time at Adelphi and really learning the ins and outs and really being a part of a coaching staff and seeing what it's about really fueled that fire for me," January said. "It's definitely something I want to get into in the future and will pursue."
RECAP OF FRIDAY'S ACTION
From EDD flexing her muscles to the Minnesota's strange birthday celebration for Lindsay Whalen, Friday at Disney had a little bit of everything.
Take a look at everything you missed -- including victories by Chicago and Minnesota -- before the action on Saturday heats back up.
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