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January 23, 2004 - National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) - Colorado Chill News Release

Jill Chapman-Daily feels a little lost this week. She is without her daughter, seven-month-old Addison Daily, for the first time in Addison’s life.

Chapman-Daily is juggling her roles as a mom and a professional basketball player, and at no time has that been more apparent than now. The 6-foot-4 center for the Colorado Chill left her baby with her husband for a few weeks, since the Chill is going on a lengthy road trip.

Chapman-Daily feels a conflict of emotions. She’s torn between wanting to be with her daughter day and night, and wanting to fulfill her own goals of playing at the professional level. Chapman-Daily played with the WNBA’s Detroit Shock in 2002 before taking last season off to give birth to Addison. Now the mom is hoping she can return to pre-baby form in the National Women’s Basketball league with the Colorado Chill.

“It’s a hard thing to do,” said Chapman-Daily, whose family lives in Franklin, Indiana. “I have all of these things tugging at me, and I want to do what’s right for Addison. The good thing is that (Colorado owner Dave King) has made it easier and really made it a family atmosphere here.”

Chapman-Daily drove to Fort Collins with her husband, Cody, and Addison in early January. A few days later, it was Cody who was having trouble as he had to leave his wife and daughter and return to work in Indiana. He plans to visit Jill several times during the three-month season, and they will trade Addison to each other according to a schedule they have worked out.

When Jill has Addison in Colorado, she gets help during Chill games and practices from nannies that King hired to care for some of the Chill player’s children. On the court, Chapman-Daily is working her way into playing more minutes. She is averaging nine minutes a game as she has helped the Chill to a 1-1 record in its inaugural season. The Chill’s next game is at 2 p.m. Sunday against the Chicago Blaze.

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