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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

May 6, 2006 at 4:01 PM

Whistle blowing

Setting a correct screen is a problem in training camp and it could pop up in games if the Storm can’t learn through the exhibition season. Storm coach Anne Donovan is already talking to her team about tacky fouls and will be mindful of it when it plays New York on Sunday.
“Officiating will be the question, how we adjust,” she said. “Although we’ve had officials in here [practice], it’s not our WNBA officials. I would imagine that we’re going to have some difficulty getting used to the style of play.”
Where are you?
Iziane Castro Marques, 24, had trouble getting her visa, but it had nothing to do with America’s recent uproar regarding immigration rights. She described it as a slow process with the Brazilian government, where at one point the WNBA had to call to hasten paperwork.
Castro Marques, who averaged career-highs in points (8.2) and rebounds (2.9) last season, appeared worth the wait, however.
“Izzy looks good,” teammate Tanisha Wright said. “She stepped in and did what she does. She needs to put some meat on those bones, though.”
Donovan already teased Castro Marques about looking frail on Friday, even by last season’s standards when she was 6-foot and weighed 140-pounds.
“They know I eat a lot, but it just looks like I’m skinny,” Castro Marques said. “I know I need more muscles. We’re gonna get there.”
The three months Castro Marques spent with her family this past offseason was the longest she said she’s been home since age 14.
Learning tools
The Washington women’s basketball team were guests at practice on Saturday at KeyArena, picking up tips and motivation from the Storm. Led by Cameo Hicks, the Huskies advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Huskies coach June Daugherty, who accompanied the women with part of her staff, said senior guard Kristen O’Neill hired an agent and was looking to land on a WNBA training camp roster. That didn’t happen, so the Edmonds native is looking into playing overseas.
Scouts say O’Neill is a step slow for the league despite her strong leadership capabilities and defense for a 6-foot-1 guard, who doesn’t mind taking a back seat to help the team.
Sonics and Storm president Wally Walker watched practice on Friday.

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