Storm to meet two national teams in closed scrimmages
WNBA team to face Australian and Chinese national teams
Seattle Times news services
The Seattle Storm has scheduled preseason scrimmages against two national teams in the coming weeks. Both scrimmages, though, will be closed to the public.
The Storm, which opens training camp Saturday, is set to meet the Australian National Team on May 3 at 9:30 a.m. at KeyArena. On May 8 at 2 p.m., the Storm will face the Chinese National Team in a scrimmage.
“It’s important to have a competitive training camp and part of that is to have quality ‘outside’ competition,” said Brian Agler, the coach of the WNBA team. “Both of these teams will give our team exactly that.”
The Storm’s first exhibition game will be May 11 at 1 p.m. against Los Angeles.
• Western Washington has a four-shot lead as a team and junior Kyle Schrader (71-69—140) is ahead by two in the individual race at the men’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho. The Vikings (296-290) have a four-shot edge over Northwest Nazarene.
• Western Washington opened an eight-stroke lead after the first round of the women’s GNAC championship at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The Vikings, the two-time defending champs, fired a 319 with Montana State-Billings second at 327. WWU’s Anna Bourland is tied for medalist with Saint Martin’s Mandy Wittmier, both at 78.
• Eastern Washington is in seventh place after the second day of the women’s Big Sky championship, at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. EWU has a 623 after two rounds, 18 strokes behind leaders Portland State and Sacramento State.
• McKayla Fricker of Seattle Pacific was named the women’s track athlete of the week in the GNAC after a personal best of 2:06.85 in the 800 meters that is the fifth fastest time in conference history.
• Western Washington’s Frank Catelli (conference record 58 feet, 7 inches in the shot put) and Lindsay Wells (school record 179-5 in the hammer) have been named the GNAC field athletes of the week.
• Gonzaga’s Payden Cawley Lamb, a senior out of Buckley, was named the West Coast Conference baseball player of the week after going 10 for 16 with three RBI in four games last week. He’s hitting .372 this season.