News release date: February 5, 2004

Seattle Storm, Whitman Plan Feb. 14 Youth Basketball Clinic

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Jenny Boucek, an assistant coach with the WNBA's Seattle Storm, team, will visit the Whitman College campus on Saturday, Feb. 14, to give a free basketball skills clinic for girls in grades one through eight.

Michelle Ferenz, coach of the Whitman women's basketball team, and several of her players will assist with the clinic, which begins with a 9 a.m. check-in at Sherwood Center. The clinic begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues until noon.

Girls are encouraged to come ready to participate in on-court drills. To participate, however, players must have a parent available to sign a registration and liability waiver form.

Ferenz and her players will host the clinic in the midst of a two-game Northwest Conference homestand. Whitman, currently in second place in the NWC, battles the University of Puget Sound at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and then plays Pacific Lutheran University at the same time on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Boucek, a four-year starter at the University of Virginia (1992-96), is in her sixth year as a WNBA assistant coach. This season is her second with the Storm, which begins play with a May 20 home game against the Minnesota Lynx.

Jenny Boucek

Boucek played two seasons of professional basketball before a back injury forced her retirement in 1998. In 1997, the WNBA's inaugural season, she played for Cleveland Rockers. She played in Iceland in 1998 and was voted the country's best player after averaging 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

While at the University of Virginia, Boucek helped lead the Cavaliers to four regular season ACC Championships and three NCAA Elite Eight appearances. She was a two-time ACC selection and twice earned Academic All-America honors. She finished her playing career at Virginia as a member of it's 1,000-point club.

Boucek, a native of Nashville, Tenn., graduated with honors from Virginia in 1997 with a degree in sports medicine and sports management.

Saturday's clinic is being held to celebrate the 18th annual National Girls and Women in Sport Day. For more information about the clinic, call Ferenz at 527-5261.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902