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with diamonds!” (the stuff that happens when you’re hunting down DII NAIA info!). From Nate: Quick Analysis: Chicago Sky Sign Unrestricted Free Agent Ticha Penicheiro

And, since we’re on the subject of the W: Thoughts from Washington Mystics Season Ticket Holder Event on February 21

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An update from overseas:

We take a look to Europe in this week’s overseas update, where Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi was named Week 4 MVP of the Euroleague. We also have updates from Seattle’s Ashley Robinson, Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson, a blog from Washington’s Jasmine Thomas and a Connecticut update featuring Tina Charles among others.

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From Seth at SBNation Arizona: Phoenix Mercury Playoffs: Beating Seattle With A Secret Weapon (WHB note: guess it ain’t so secret now, huh, Seth?) The Phoenix Mercury are confident they can beat the Seattle Storm despite a 1-10 head-to-head record over the last two years

From Kirotv: Robinson Becomes Major Contributor For Storm

When the Seattle Storm open defense of their WNBA title on Thursday night, center Ashley Robinson will be playing for more than just herself, her teammates and the team’s vociferous fans. She’ll also be playing for Pat Summit, the heralded women’s basketball coach at national power Tennessee who helped make it possible for Robinson to have a life as a professional player — and who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.

At the Indiana .com site, Tom Rietmann writes: Phillips, Catchings ready for playoffs

Point guard Erin Phillips sat out the Indiana Fever’s final two regular-season games with a sprained ankle, but there’s little chance the gritty Australian will miss her team’s playoff opener.

Not in light of what’s at stake. And not with Phillips’ parents in the United States for the first time since 2006 to see her play a WNBA game.

At the AJC it’s Michael Cunningham, not the AP, writing: After slow start, Dream streak into playoffs

The Dream finished the season as the hottest team in the East with victories in four consecutive games and 12 of their past 15.

“Everybody has their season, [and] I feel like this is our season,” McCoughtry said. “I feel it. I can’t explain it. I just feel good. I feel like we are going to go in there and play hard and do what we can do.”

More details on league-wide stuff: WNBA’s 15th Season Delivers Increased Attendance and TV Viewership

Check out the Pre-Playoff Conference Call Transcript to hear what the Rebecca Lobo, Carolyn Peck, the coaches, Swin, Angel, Cappie and Lindsay had to say.

Will the media follow the .com’s Race to the MVP conclusions?

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From Jayda: WNBA talk: Storm center Ashley Robinson talks about her chances of winning the WNBA’s most improved player award

From Jimmie Tramel at the Tulsa World: Shock’s Jackson among most improved in league

You’ll remember Nate put together some candidates/numbers back on August 4th.

Here’s the list of past winners.

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