Northwest NEWS

October 18, 1999

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WNBA coach Lin Dunn ignites Carnation Chamber

Lin Dunn

WNBA coach Lin Dunn.
Photo by Becky Nixon.

by Becky Nixon, contributing writer

   CARNATION--Coach Lin Dunn energized the Carnation Chamber of Commerce with her southern style and charisma to promote the Seattle WNBA team at last week's meeting.

   Taking time out from negotiations with the city of Seattle, Dunn announced that as of October 14, they had 6,200 preseason ticket holders, enough to proceed for the yet-unnamed team to start play in May 2000. The team should get a name and logo in the next two weeks.

   Dunn also stated an agreement with the city of Seattle on additional rent for the Key Arena had been reached, and the team is waiting for league agreement.

   The team will play from May to August of 2000 next year, with a somewhat shortened season due to league participants in the 2000 Summer Olympic games to be held in Sydney, Australia. Sixteen "special" nights have been designated for different groups and charity organizations. There will be 16 home games and 16 away games for this season.

   With her high energy and magnetism, Coach Dunn led the Portland Power Women's Basketball Team to ABL victory in 1998. She was assistant coach for the last two Olympic women's basketball teams and was head coach for women's basketball at the 1990 Goodwill Games held in Seattle.

   The Ackerley Group, which has led the effort to bring professional women's basketball back to Seattle, is donating $10 for every $50 season ticket deposit of the first 5,500 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Ginger Ackerley, co-president of the Ackerley Group and chairperson of Seattle's WNBA team, will be presenting the first check shortly.