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Appel still climbing back from April

Injuries have slowed start to Stanford star's rookie season in San Antonio

Originally Published: July 9, 2010
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Jayne Appel gathered the entry pass with her back to the basket, the forearm pressing on the small of her back a redundant reminder that a sizable obstacle otherwise known as Tina Charles still stood between her and two points. A glance over her left shoulder provided all the reconnaissance required -- no double-team coming, Charles playing her straight up. Appel pivoted, turned into the lane and slid a shot around her foe's long arms.

The ball hit the ...

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