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Portland Fire Acquires Brumfield

May 22, 2002

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The Portland Fire traded forward Vanessa Nygaard to the Miami Sol on Wednesday for guard Marla Brumfield.

Portland also received forward Katrina Colleton, but she was waived immediately. The Fire also waived guard Mandy Nightingale, a rookie from Colorado, to trim their roster to 15 players.

Nygaard was among the most popular players on the Fire, and one of the original players from its 2000 expansion season. She played in all 32 games and started 28 that year, but after the acquisition of forward Kristin Folkl, Nygaard’s playing time slipped. She averaged just 8.4 minutes a game last season, and her scoring average dropped from 7.9 points to 2.5.

Brumfield will begin her third WNBA season after appearing in 27 games with Miami last year. She averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 assists.

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