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Jayne Appel made her WNBA debut this holiday weekend. The former Stanford star center is finally on the floor after healing the stress fracture in her foot that marred the end of her college career.
Appel played 2:36 Friday night in San Antonio’s 77-71 loss to New York. She did not take a shot or pull down a rebound, but finished with one assist.
Sunday in a tough loss to Seattle, Appel played more than 13-1/2 minutes, finishing with two points and five rebounds.
Expect Appel’s minutes to increase as she rounds into form. The Silver Stars could use a big, physical body inside.
Morris marks her (roster) spot: Jene Morris came to Cal in 2005 with Alexis Gray-Lawson, Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton as part of a recruiting class that was supposed to turn the Bears program around under new head coach Joanne Boyle.
But Morris decided to transfer after one season and ended up at San Diego State.
And now, while Gray-Lawson, Walker and Hampton were all cut from WNBA rosters at the start of the season, it is Morris who remains.
Morris was the top draft pick of the Indiana Fever, the runners-up for the WNBA title last fall. And she’s making an immediate impact in the backcourt alongside another Pac-10 standout, former ASU star Briann January.
Morris is averaging 12.8 minutes a game off the bench.
Young talent on display: USA Basketball is conducting tryouts for its U18 National team in Colorado Springs from June 8-11 in Colorado Springs and Pac-10 fans will recognize quite a few names. National player of the year and Stanford-bound Chiney Ogwumike is in Colorado Springs along with Cardinal teammate-to-be Sara James. Cal’s new class is represented by Lindsay Sherbert and Afure Jemerigbe and USC-bound Cassie Harberts is in camp as well.
There are a handful of 2011 players in camp as well, including Berkeley High’s Brittany Boyd and Erica Payne of Carondelet HS, as well as Reshanda Gray of Washington Prep in Los Angeles.
The 26 players in camp will battle for 12 roster spots to compete in the FIBA Americas Championship in Colorado Springs from June 23-27.