Perseverance paying off for older rookies in the WNBA

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Yvonne Anderson understood that making a WNBA roster as an undrafted rookie was going to be tough and getting that chance a decade after she left college would be even tougher.

But the former Texas standout, now 32, was invited to camp this spring by the Connecticut Sun, who had been following her international career. She played in numerous countries, eventually becoming a Serbian citizen and making a name for herself on that nation's Olympic team last summer. She averaged 14 points and scored 15 in a loss to the United States at the Tokyo Games.

"If you don't watch overseas basketball, if you're not scouting specifically for me then you might not have heard of me before the Olympics," Anderson said. "But, being seen in the United States and facing the United States and having, like, a good showing, it didn't hurt at all."


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