- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
Prince to miss a few weeks to play for Russia
The Brooklyn native will miss a few weeks of the WNBA season to join the Russian national women’s basketball team for the EuroBasket tournament from June 15-30. Prince will leave the Chicago Sky on June 4 to train with the Russian team for a week before the tournament begins. She’ll be back with the Sky at the end of the month and most likely miss six games.
Prince has a chance to be the second American-born player to play for Russia’s national team in the Olympics. Becky Hammon played in the last two Olympics for Russia and also the 2010 world championship. Prince became a naturalized citizen in 2010, but this will be her first time playing with the national team.
“It was the main thrust for Prince getting a Russian passport,” Chatman said. “The Russians lack a true point guards. Even though it’s not her natural position she can be serviceable at point. She’s a prolific scorer and is someone who can run the point for them.”
Russia is coming off a disappointing Olympics where they finished fourth losing to Australia in the bronze medal game. The Russians had won bronze medals at the previous two Olympics, but haven’t won a gold medal since 1992 when the country was known as the Unified Team. The Russians just hired Prince’s winter club coach, Alfredas Vainauskas, to lead the national team for the next four years.
“I know the coach and his system so that helps,” Prince said. “I’m not really sure which players are going to be on the team.”
Prince burst onto the national spotlight in high school when she scored a record 113 points in a game. She then went on to star at Rutgers for Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer before leaving college after her junior year to play professionally overseas _ a rare move in women’s basketball. The 25-year-old had a stellar season last year for the Sky averaging 22 points before fracturing her right foot in June. She came back but couldn’t get Chicago into the WNBA playoffs for the first time ever.
Prince hopes to change those fortunes this year.
“That’s what I’m hoping for,” she said. “We have a really good group.”
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- House pushes through two-year Ryan-Murray budget deal
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro 'marriage'
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners
- All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget pact
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Chef Mary Moran discusses the food we eat, where it comes from and what it does for us.
An informed and often humorous take on the world of advertising, public relations and social media. 100% Pure. Not from concentrate.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow