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Women's Hoops

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

May 16, 2006 at 6:53 PM

Accepting applications

If you’re taller than 6 feet 3 and have an ounce of talent playing either post position, you might want to send a video and resume to Storm coach Anne Donovan. With forward Wendy Palmer suffering a bruised lower lip and concussion on Monday, the team is down to deep reserve Simone Edwards and free agent newcomer Tiffany Johnson inside.
Center Lindsay Taylor again sat on the sideline icing the tendinitis in her right Achilles. Center Janell Burse is improving, but still limited with her upper left shoulder. And Lauren Jackson is in the midst of her normal routine, but needs to manage her sore shins.
Donovan said she isn’t committed to this roster of 12 players, especially since the team would be over the cap with Edwards and Johnson on the same roster. Finding help inside remains a high priority because second-year guard Tanisha Wright is earning the backup point guard position, solving that problem.
Johnson is making headway, but is too much of a thinker at this point for Donovan and her staff. They want her to dive in and figure it out quickly as the team moves along in its final week of training camp. Johnson, who arrived from play overseas on May 6, said she feels more comfortable if she learns the system and then tries to execute it.
Busted
Palmer tried to cover her lip when speaking to the media, shy about its puffiness and self-conscious from all the ribbing teammates gave her. Rookie Barbara Turner constantly tried to make the veteran laugh, which of course hurt the stitching inside and outside Palmer’s mouth, while Jackson and Donovan “kept it real” in telling her how funky her oversized lip looks.
Palmer is listed as day to day, saying if it were the WNBA Finals, she’d be playing. With the season opener on Sunday, she’s going to rest and try to be ready for that debut.
“It’s just sore,” said Palmer, who has had a concussion before. “It’s an occupational hazard.”
Palmer caught an elbow from longtime practice player Jimmy Quigg, who was remorseful afterward. He repeatedly apologized to Palmer and the team, but Donovan said it was purely accidental.
“We got him back today,” Donovan said. “He had to change his shirt twice from the blood.”
Cover girl
Storm guard Betty Lennox ended guard Sue Bird and Jackson’s four-year run on the Storm media guide cover. Lennox is shown mid-jump shot against Sacramento.
“Look at those lips,” Lennox said of her puckered mouth. “That means it [the shot] went in.”
Lennox has been staying long after practice to work on her shot after going 9 for 41 in three exhibition games, but she says she’s not worried.
“If it weren’t the preseason, I would be,” she said.
Catch a Storm
Word around the training facility is that the players will be at various hotspots around the city Wednesday afternoon giving away tickets, coffee and autographs. Can’t say where, just look for tall people in Storm uniforms.

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