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Sun's Whitmore rises above challenges

Originally Published: September 4, 2008
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

Whenever Tamika Whitmore has boarded a plane the past several years to play basketball somewhere around the world -- Russia, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Japan, China, Israel, the Canary Islands -- she remembers where all her travels started.

Her hometown: Tupelo, Miss. (A place that always makes me think of Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billy Joe." Recall the line, "Brother married Becky Thompson, they bought a store in Tupelo.")

Whitmore, a 6-foot-2 center/forward, ...

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