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#ThePostUp Podcast 7/18/16: Janell Burse, now a successful businesswoman, helps chart course for new pro league

Published on July 18, 2016


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Taped July 6, 2016

After an eight-year career in the WNBA, Janell Burse walked away from the court with a championship ring she earned with the Seattle Stormin 2004.

She was a star player at Tulane University and selected by the Minnesota Lynx in 2001 during the second round of the WNBA draft. After three seasons, the 6-5 center landed in Seattle after a trade. She was a starter for the Storm for three years.

When she hung up her sneakers in 2009, Burse relied on her academic background to help launch business ventures including The Fresh Factor, a Houston-area chain of gourmet smoothie bars. She is also the commissioner of the newly formed Women’s’ Minor League Basketball Association ( The league is set to begin play in the latter part of 2016.

Burse discusses the goals of the league and many other topics on the podcast including:

  • Her career and moving from the bench to a starting position with the Storm
  • The girl’s basketball scene in Texas
  • The importance of giving back
  • Preparing for life after basketball
  • Her appreciate for Storm fans

Enjoy the podcast!



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