Sunday, August 2, 2020

On the Beat With the Dallas Wings 07/30/20

The Dallas Wings stand at 2-1 after beating the Indiana Fever 76-73 on Friday night. Next up for the Wings are the Las Vegas Aces, who are 1-2.
The media session from 07/30/20 featured Assistant Coach Crystal Robinson and players Megan Gustafson and Bella Alarie. Coach Robinson discussed practices in the bubble versus regular practices. Gustafson talked about having her jersey number retired by the University of Iowa. Alarie talked about scoring her first WNBA points.
Coach Robinson played college ball at Southeastern Oklahoma State, before being selected by the New York Liberty in the first round (6th overall) in the 1999 WNBA draft. She played seven seasons with the Liberty and two more with the Washington Mystics before retiring after the 2007 season. All told, she played 245 games and averaged 10.2 points, 2 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.7 rebound per game.
She began her coaching career as an assistant with the Mystics in 2007. After a few coaching stops in high school and college, Robinson returned to the WNBA as an assistant with the Seattle Storm in 2018. She joined the Wings last season as an assistant to coach Brian Agler.
Gustafson had a stellar career with the Iowa Hawkeyes, including winning the Nasmith Player fo the Year and the AP Player of the Year in 2019. Her #10 jersey was retired by Iowa earlier this year.
She was selected by the Wings in the second round of the 2019 WNBA draft. Although she was released prior to the season, she resigned with the team in June 2019. She saw action in 25 games and averaged 2.9 points per game. 
This was my second media session with Alarie. We're old friends now, but I resisted the urge to ask her more questions about her father Mark, a former NBA player. My friends know I am fascinated by family connections, especially generational family connections, but I kept that in check and focused on her.
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