Today’s biggest news is that Storm stars Sue Bird and Swin Cash will participate in the Three Point Contest before The Stars at the Sun on Saturday. Bird is a regular entrant, but Cash earned the honor thanks to her improved accuracy from long distance in the first half of the season. Already, Cash has set a career high by making 20 three-pointers at an excellent 45.5 percent clip.
The WNBA also announced that Lindsay Whalen will replace the injured Becky Hammon (quadriceps) during Saturday’s main event. The team of WNBA stars coached by Brian Agler has now lost three of its best players due to injury – Hammon, Lauren Jackson and Sancho Lyttle.
In his new blog, The Brewery, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer ranks Seattle’s top 20 athletes at the request of a reader. Cash (No. 15), Bird (No. 9) and Jackson (No. 3) all crack the list. Here’s Brewer on Jackson.
The versatile Aussie star is a seven-time WNBA All-Star and a two-time league MVP. She has three Olympic silver medals. She led the Storm to the 2004 title. She’s on pace for another MVP and championship season this year if the team can stay healthy. And she’s only 29.
Five things to watch Saturday – Rebecca Lobo, special to ESPN.com
2. Will they pick up where they left off?
Taurasi, Sue Bird, and Swin Cash were teammates on the UConn team that went undefeated and won a national championship in 2002. That team is widely considered to be the best college team of all time.
They also played together on the 2004 Olympic team, but this is the first time they are playing together again for UConn (and 2012 Olympic) coach Geno Auriemma. Huskies fans will delight in seeing the three on the floor together and it will be fun for the casual fan to watch players with this kind of chemistry.
WNBA and USA Basketball Stars Visit ESPN Headquarters – Frank Della Femina, WNBA.com … also see some video from the trip.