Happy Veterans Day, and hats off to our servicemen and women on this Tuesday. Let's get started.
We shared you a FanShot last night/early this morning depending on what side of the United States you live - The FanShot goes to a Seth Berkman's story on the New York Times about Washington Mystics guard Bria Hartley and San Antonio Stars guard Kayla McBride. Both players get a taste of playing abroad, and being away from many of the creature comforts of home. In addition, the team they play for hasn't been held in high regard among Americans who played there in the past. But despite being away from home, the two members of the 2014 All-Rookie Team are happy that they at least are buddies in this together.
The University of Tennessee announced that all women's sports teams except for basketball will be known as the Volunteers and will use the Power T logo - The women's basketball team will remain the Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team as opposed to being named the Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball team in large part due to the legacy that former head coach Pat Summitt created during her time there. Link to the University's press release.
Sebastian Kitchen of The Courier-Journal writes that the WNBA is interested in having an exhibition game at the KFC Yum Center - I'll admit that most of this article focuses on the NBA, but Louisville has one of the top women's college basketball teams in the country, and two WNBA All-Stars: Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel, played their college ball there as well. Dennis Petrullo. the General Manager of the facility wrote that they were hoping to get a WNBA exhibition game, "hopefully in February." Given that the WNBA season doesn't start until May, I assume that Petrullo meant to say that he wanted to finalize the game by then.
Seattle Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel is retiring from her day job at Microsoft - Brummel will step down by the end of the 2014 calendar year after working at the tech company for a quarter of a century. She is currently the company's Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Link to a piece in the Seattle Times by Matt Day.
Illinois Institute of Technology freshman Kaylee Wicka has never missed a day of class from Kindergarten through her high school graduation, even into college - But unfortunately she will have to skip class one day because her team will have to travel to Moody Bible Institute on January 22, 2015 when she has a calculus class. Her coach, former WNBA player Usha Gilmore, also regards Wicka a Division-I level talent and was thrilled to see her commit to IIT. Link to a piece by DNAinfo.com's Justin Breen.