Fujioka building big reputation

Basketball Apr 26, 2017

Fujioka building big reputation

by Kaz Nagatsuka

She is big, strong, tough, smart, and can do everything. Youngster Manami Fujioka could be the next floor leader and star guard for the Japan women's national basketball team. It's only been one year since she graduated from the University of Tsukuba, but Fujioka has already ...

Gaines gets to work with Japan's women's hoop team

Basketball Apr 26, 2016

Gaines gets to work with Japan's women's hoop team

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan's Olympic-bound women's national basketball team has entered its second training camp in Tokyo, with Phoenix Suns assistant Corey Gaines as a guest coach. Gaines, a former guard for four NBA teams as well as the now-defunct Japan Energy Griffins, is expected to teach Team ...

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

Basketball Feb 13, 2016

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Star forward Ramu Tokashiki has signed a multiyear contract with the Seattle Storm, the WNBA club announced on Friday. Although the length of the contract was undisclosed, Tokashiki's return to the team shows that she's an important piece of the puzzle for the rebuilding franchise. ...

Tokashiki helps Storm rout Sparks in WNBA opener

Basketball Dec 28, 2015

Tokashiki helps Storm rout Sparks in WNBA opener

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Ramu Tokashiki has officially begun her brand-new journey with the Storm as she made her WNBA regular-season debut in Seattle's 86-61 season-opening win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday at KeyArena. The 191-cm forward came off the bench with 4:40 left in the first ...

WNBA honors Tokashiki

Basketball Sep 26, 2015

WNBA honors Tokashiki

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Seattle Storm forward Ramu Tokashiki was selected to the WNBA All-Rookie Team for the 2015 season, the league announced on Thursday. The 192-cm Tokashiki, who was the third-best rookie in scoring at 8.2 points per game while starting in 16 of 30 contests, earned six ...

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

Basketball Aug 25, 2015

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Less than a week before the Japan women's national team begins competing at the FIBA Asia Championship, Seattle Storm rookie Ramu Tokashiki returned home to join the squad. Her WNBA club, meanwhile, has seven games remaining this season. On the court one day after flying to ...

Rookie Tokashiki coming on strong for Storm

Basketball Jun 30, 2015

Rookie Tokashiki coming on strong for Storm

by Ed Odeven

Despite her team's poor start, Seattle Storm forward Ramu Tokashiki has been a bright spot for the WNBA club in the early going this season. The 191-cm forward, who signed with the Storm in April, had consecutive season-high scoring performances over the weekend. On Saturday, the ...

Tokashiki earns spot with the Seattle Storm

Basketball Jun 5, 2015

Tokashiki earns spot with the Seattle Storm

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan ace Ramu Tokashiki has made the Seattle Storm's opening-day roster, the WNBA club announced Thursday. The 23-year-old Tokashiki, who signed with the club in April, will become the third Japanese player to ever don a WNBA jersey. Mikiko Hagiwara played for the now-defunct Sacramento ...