2013-14 Storm Offseason Update
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 Nov. 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 Oct. 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 Nov. 13 game against Bourges Basket in France and Nov. 17 matchup with Chevakata.
Tianna Hawkins – UNIQA
Beginning their EuroLeague slate on Nov. 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. The next game on their EuroLeague schedule is a Nov. 13 meeting with Fenerbahce, who has a roster including Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry and New York’s Cappie Pondexter.
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. Teaming up with the Chicago Sky’s Courtney Vandersloot, Tinkle and UNI Gyor turn their focus to a Nov. 13 game against Good Angels in Slovakia.
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% 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 Nov. 17 against Mersin and Nov. 24 at Antakya.
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.
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 Nov. 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 Nov. 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 Nov. 14 meeting with Shekinna Stricklen’s team followed by a rematch with Quinn and Woori Hansae on Nov. 17.
Tina Thompson – KDB
Tina Thompson recently traveled to South Korea and her first game is on Friday, Nov. 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 – Shinhan Bank S-birds
In her first season in South Korea and second overseas, Shekinna Stricklen has worked her way into the starting lineup for Shinhan 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 Nov. 10. Prior to that, Stricklen played in two preseason games in which she averaged 13.5 points per game. Stricklen plays Ashley Robinson and Samsung on Nov. 14 and then tips off against Tina Thompson and KDB on Nov. 18.
Alysha Clark – Assistant Coach, Middle Tennessee State
Middle Tennessee State won their exhibition matches against University of Alabama-Huntsville and Freed-Hardeman on Oct. 29 and Nov. 1 but fell to No. 4 Tennessee 67-57 for their first game of the preseason. Clark and MTSU head to Coral Gables, Fla. for a Nov. 15 game against Miami and then make a short trip west to take on Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. on Nov. 19.