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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

From Q: Rookie Report: What Jayne Appel adds to the Silver Stars

During a Sunday night game in which seemingly every able body got a chance to try stopping Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson, San Antonio Silver Stars rookie center Jayne Appel came in and got her chance.

Indeed it has to be a daunting task for a rookie, but Appel didn't exactly back down.

If Appel has any immediate physical advantage in the WNBA, it's that she's strong and relatively nimble given her wide frame. So she used it to the best of her advantage against Jackson -- on one play when a teammate shot the ball, Appel sort ducked underneath Jackson to get position and just sort of threw her body at her, something like a hockey player might give a body check. The Storm ended up getting the ball, but Appel had made her presence felt - Jackson visibly grimaced from taking the hit.

And more from Swish Appeal:

Sam James: Fever Win Against the WNBA's Best, But Fail to Gain in Standings

LJ Rotter: Around the Web: Mystics Win in OT, High Praise for Smith

Q: On Bird's injury: What does it mean that her knee "basically hyperflexed"?

A Seattle native at the game sent me the following three line message (censored for our readership, but feel free to use your imagination):