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Women's Hoops

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

May 24, 2006 at 10:02 PM

Play or sit?

Storm coach Anne Donovan, center Janell Burse and athletic trainer Annmarie Henkel sat in the glitzy lobby of the Ritz-Carlton on Wednesday, trying to analyze Burse’s left shoulder. Burse realized she tried to come back too early after suffering a slight labrum tear April 5 while playing overseas in Prague, returning to training camp the beginning of May only to re-aggravate the shoulder. She was advised to wait about three months.
Burse wants to wait until the injury is completely healed before she makes her 2006 debut, but “it’s hard sitting on the bench all the time,” she said after practice on Wednesday. “I’m glad I came on this road trip because if I stayed home I’d have to do those track workouts.”
Burse said she felt some soreness after practice at the U.S. Airways Center practice court, but she and the staff will decide at shoot-around on Thursday if she’s able to play. If not, forward Wendy Palmer is able to take her place, although her left Achilles flared up again.
It’s an old injury that pre-dates the Storm. Palmer has played hard throughout training camp and in the season opener, recording a double-double, yet forgetting “to be smart” about her health. Donovan wants her to take it down a notch to be sure she lasts the entire season.
Let’s meet
Practice was typical after being abused by Houston on national television. The Storm worked on defense and shooting drills, trying to get production out of the bench that is a collective 9-for -34 shooting from the field in the past two games, also combining for just 17 rebounds.
Only with posts divided from perimeter players, the bigs looked as if they were having a roundtable discussion as they talked about how to correctly defend the interior, instead of running through drills.
Donovan said her team receives an “A” for its win against Los Angeles and an “F” for its loss against Houston. And they need to pass (read win) the game against Phoenix in order for her to feel they’re on the right path.
“It’s not the game you want to have to pass,” Donovan said. “It’s the third game in five days and possibly without JB and they’re going to do a lot of running. It’s going to be high paced, helter-skelter where they try to create a lot of turnovers. We’re going to find out what type of team we have.”

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