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Gonzaga's Bowman joins Frieson in unemployment line

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by Gonzaga Univ. athletics

SPOKANE, WA -- Former Gonzaga University women's basketball players Heather Bowman and Vivian Frieson were both released from their respective WNBA training camp contracts this week. Bowman was released Thursday afternoon from the Seattle Storm and Frieson was released Wednesday by the Tulsa Shock.

Frieson was a third-round draft pick last month while Bowman was invited to training camp in late April.

"At this point, the veterans are a little ahead of the players just coming out of college," said Shock head coach Nolan Richardson. "They could make a team. It's just so sad that the numbers game got them. It was a tough decision to let them go."

Frieson was released along with teammate Juanita Ward.

Bowman, the Bulldog and West Coast Conference career all-time leading scorer, played in one scrimmage and one exhibition game with the Storm before being released Thursday. Bowman played 12 minutes in the Storm's exhibition victory over Phoenix, hitting one free throw.

Both student-athletes will walk with their Gonzaga graduating class on Sunday, May 9. Bowman is earning a degree in applied communications with a minor in sociology. Frieson, earning a communications degree, is the first in her family to receive a college diploma.

Both players will now look to either be picked up by another WNBA team or land a contract to play overseas.

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