News Articles – 2001 Part Two

A little help from home

By Ed Guzman
Portland Oregonian
Familiarity breeds success. For an athlete, that usually means lots of practice. For Portland Fire guard Jackie Stiles, however, it means taking familiarity literally. Practice had just ended at the Rose Garden on June 21, a day before the team played host to the Charlotte Sting, and Stiles was looking to get in some extra work. In the first seven games of the season, she averaged 12.1 points and shot 35 percent from the field. Stiles also was coming off a game in which she scored a season-low four points.
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Shooting star on the rise

By Larry S. Hazelrigg
Springfield News-Leader

The list of Jackie Stiles doubters should be getting mighty slim by now. The 5-foot-8 guard has left stardom at Southwest Missouri State for stardom with the Portland Fire of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Never mind that critics said she was too small, or had come from a mid-major conference (the Missouri Valley) or any number of other negatives.
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Stiles merchandise on fire

By Claudette Riley
Springfield News-Leader

Local Wal-Mart stores were right about Jackie Stiles’ merchandise — it’s golden. A month after ordering 10,000 official T-shirts — the Women’s National Basketball Association’s largest-ever, single-player retail deal — the stores came back for 3,500 more.
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NCAA scoring champ Stiles contributes quickly with Fire

By David Woods
Indianapolis Star

In April’s WNBA draft, the Indiana Fever were faced with a decision analogous to the one confronted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. Not a day passes in which the Colts aren’t relieved they selected quarterback Peyton Manning instead of Ryan Leaf with the No. 1 pick. However, it will be months before anyone can evaluate whether the Fever were wise to select Tamika Catchings instead of Jackie Stiles with the No. 3 pick.
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Message to Jackie: Just shoot it

By Scott Puryear
Springfield News-Leader

Message to Jackie: Just shoot it Jackie Stiles didn’t disappoint in her WNBA debut Thursday night, with her team-high, 17-point effort in the Portland Fire’s 82-65 loss to Minnesota. First impressions? It looks like the former SMS star is in good hands in Portland. Large crowds of 10,000-plus. Fan-made signs extolling her virtues.
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Jackie’s journey

The Associated Press
(AP) — Jackie Stiles sat quietly in front of her locker with a towel draped over her legs. Her shoulders were slumped, her eyes red from crying. None of the triumphs from the past year could console the leading scorer in NCAA women’s history.
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Still Jackie Oh!

By Elizabethe Holland
Even as she takes her first halting steps as a pro, Jackie Stiles continues to be enveloped by the spotlight. Jackie Stiles figured, hoped and prayed that once the NCAA Tournament was behind her, the madness, the phone calls
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Stiles now a star on T-shirts

By Paul Flemming of the News-Leader
Another day, another record. The Women’s National Basketball Association has its largest-ever single-product, single-player retail deal after Springfield-area Wal-Mart stores ordered 10,000 T-shirts bearing Jackie Stiles’ name, jersey number and team logo.
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May 4, 2001
“I just hope someone picks me.” This is what Portland’s No. 1 draft pick (fourth overall), Jackie Stiles, said after the NCAA Tournament. Like the saying goes, “be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” But this Kodak All-American is up for the challenge.
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All eyes on Stiles

By Ed Guzman
The Oregonian staff
TUALATIN — A sampling of Jackie Stiles’ life lately: “Hey Jackie, you got a minute?” “What do you do for fun besides basketball?”
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Just like that, she’s not in Kansas anymore

The Oregonian Staff
Jackie Stiles still has a hard time believing all that is swirling around her. Maybe because growing up in a town of 600 can’t prepare someone for celebrity. Maybe because this has all happened so fast. “I’m living a dream,” Stiles said.
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Draft Quotes from Stiles

Quotes after the 2001 WNBA Draft
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Jackie Stiles, Portland Fire Opening statement: I’m very excited to be chosen by Portland. It’s definitely a dream come true to be playing in the WNBA.
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