January has been the postseason's top rookie

Updated: October 6, 2009, 9:42 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eight years ago, when her current Indiana teammates Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown were competing in the NCAA tournament, Fever rookie Briann January was experiencing March Madness in a different way.

She was a 14-year-old in the stands at the West Regional in her hometown of Spokane, Wash. There, January watched the player who helped end Sutton-Brown's career at Rutgers and whose own college career ended against Douglas' Purdue squad: Jackie Stiles.