having such a good time at the first open practice, we decide
to come to this one too. The action is much the same as the
first practice, so we dont need to go into those specifics.
What is noticeably different is that the players are even
more comfortable with each other and are playing more fluidly.
This would seem to be a natural effect of playing together,
after all what is the training camp for anyway. There is a
feeling, however, that is more than just familiarity due to
playing time. This team is more confident than last year.
They are relaxed and having fun. We didnt attend an
open practice last year until the end of the season, but even
then the feeling was different. Is this a good sign?
Brown is not here. She is attending her graduation at UNC.
Vodickova shows up at the end of the practice in street clothes.
She has apparently just gotten to Seattle from the reaction
of the other players. Angie tells her that we followed her
progress through the Euroleague finals via the web. She seems
surprised that anyone was following FIBA. Angie tells her
that she was keeping track because of Kamila and Edna. They
played each other during the Euroleague playoffs. Kamila asks
who Angie was rooting for, her or Edna. Angie says, You,
to Semeka about playing at KeyArena. She says that it was
noticeably different from playing at Hec Ed. It was real.
We tell her that it is great to see someone play with so much
we leave, we tell Katrina, Lauren and Simone to look for us
in Portland. They promise to keep an eye open for us.