WNBA Talk: Reporter Jayda Evans talks with former Storm guard Tully Bevilaqua
Tully Bevilaqua, a 39-year-old guard, recently announced she will retire after 14 seasons in the WNBA.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Editor's note: Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans will have a weekly conversation with a newsmaker in the WNBA. This week she speaks with San Antonio guard Tully Bevilaqua, who announced last week that she will retire after this season. Bevilaqua was part of Seattle's 2004 championship team and played six seasons in Indiana. Bevilaqua, 39, has played for five WNBA teams in 14 seasons.
Q: Was retirement a hard decision for you to reach?
Tully Bevilaqua: Not really. It's been getting harder and harder to leave the family in Indiana all the time. This year, my family hadn't relocated to San Antonio and it's been tougher, so it felt like the right decision once I made it. Now I'm just looking forward to enjoying what's left of this season.
Q: Any post-retirement plans?
TB: My partner (Lindsay) and I set up a gym in Indianapolis. It's called Gym 41, which we opened up last November. Once I get back, I'll immerse myself into running personal boot camps and training. I'll also do some coaching on the side. I really won't have time to rest that much, which is great. It gives me something to go straight on into and not have that downtime to dwell on things for too long.
Q: You're so fit, I bet you're unrelenting as an instructor, right?
TB: Apparently I'm not the harder one of the two of us. I'm learning. It's a natural progression because I love to work out myself and keep myself fit.
Q: Any cheat foods you allow yourself?
TB: My motto in life now is "Everything in moderation." You can't deprive yourself, because then after a week or so, you'll have a big binge session. Mine is ice cream and chocolate.
Q: You made the retirement announcement and then played at Indiana; what was that game like?
TB: It couldn't have been scripted any better. We came away with a win in a great comeback, and obviously how it all worked out, where I got to score the last two points of the game — it was quite fitting, I guess. A lot of the boot campers and friends came to the game and one made shirts, which a lot of them wore. It was very touching on all levels, and my son Parker got to run across the court into my arms.
Q: On that bucket, it seemed Fever guard Katie Douglas was trying to prevent you from scoring. True?
TB: I'm not sure what she was doing trying to deny me the ball on that one (possession). We'll have to have a go about it later. It actually turned out even better in that I got a layup instead of having to go to the free-throw line. She did me a favor in the end.
Q: While you're looking at the end, the Silver Stars are on a seven-game win streak. Are you surprising yourselves?
TB: The exciting thing is we're not sure what we're really capable of doing. What I've noticed is that we're getting better in not panicking, like in Indiana when we were down 18 points. There's a level of confidence that wasn't there at the beginning of the season. We're just having fun and like to stay under the radar.
Q:You know you're not under the radar any more, right?
TB: Clearly not. People put the target on us now because they can see us creeping up that ladder.
|WNBA Power Rankings|
|Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans ranks the WNBA teams:|
|1. (4)||San Antonio (11-5)||Riding a seven-game win streak, including a big road victory at Indiana.|
|2. (7)||Connecticut (12-4)||Made Minnesota's Candice Wiggins literally cry after beating Lynx 86-80.|
|3. (1)||Minnesota (13-4)||Someone call a medic. Lynx lost three players due to injury past three games.|
|4. (5)||Los Angeles (13-6)||Kristi Toliver (17.3 ppg, 4.9 apg) is easy pick for league's Most Improved honor.|
|5. (2)||Indiana (9-6)||Hosts Los Angeles in ESPN2's Game of the Week on Thursday at 4 p.m.|
|6. (6)||Seattle (8-9)||Svetlana Abrosimova got standing ovation in first game at KeyArena since 2010.|
|7. (3)||Chicago (8-7)||Inconsistent Sky in unfavorable spot, leading league in turnovers again (19.3).|
|8. (8)||Atlanta (8-9)||First-time Olympian Angel McCoughtry out again with sprained knee.|
|9. (9)||New York (6-10)||Former Zags Katelan Redmon, Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago) faced each other.|
|10. (10)||Tulsa (3-13)||Plays a home-and-home set against Minnesota to wrap pre-Olympic schedule.|
|11. (11)||Washington (3-12)||Coach Trudi Lacey unhappy with backcourt. Expect tough practices over hiatus.|
|12. (12)||Phoenix (4-13)||BFF Sue Bird reports Diana Taurasi (hip) training, close to return.|
|Note: Last ranking until after the leaguewide Olympic break|