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Women's Hoops

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

May 26, 2006 at 9:16 AM

Changes to come

The final 4:05 of the Storm’s remarkable road win against Phoenix on Thursday didn’t bode well for the reserves. With guards Shaunzinski Gortman and Tanisha Wright, rookie forward Barbara Turner and post players Tiffani Johnson and Kaayla Chones on the court, Seattle couldn’t muster a basket or draw a foul.
The group, trickled into the game to substitute for Sue Bird, Iziane Castro Marques and Janell Burse, combined to miss six shots, turned the ball over once, and was tagged for one shot-clock violation.
Storm coach Anne Donovan is annoyed at the trend of not having a scoring bench, commenting before the game that the roster is not set, yet. She kept Edwige Lawson-Wade on the inactive list, calling the French point guard her security blanket, and said she’s only certain about the top nine players.
That excludes Chones, Johnson and Lawson-Wade.
“We’re not done with our personnel moves yet,” Donovan said. “We’re looking at her [Edwige], evaluating her, but we’re still trying to come up with a final something to settle in to. I don’t feel like we need to give up anything, yet. The jury is still out on our other two posts. We’re looking at other post players around the league. But our top nine are solid. Now we’ve just got to deal with the rest of it.”
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The Mercury reported a sellout crowd of 10,401 for its home opener although there were plenty of empty seats at U.S. Airways Center, mostly likely season-ticket holders away for Memorial Day weekend. But the crowd that was present wasn’t very hostile to the Storm. Guards Bird and Betty Lennox received big cheers during player introductions, and there were many fans in the stands with Bird jerseys.
Tucked in the crowd was Lindsay Taylor, a 6-foot-8 center who lives in Chandler, Ariz., and was cut by the Storm on May 17. With the way Phoenix played inside, getting outrebounded 43-24 by Seattle, you’d think Mercury coach Paul Westhead would have dragged her out of the audience to suit up. But, alas, Taylor played for Phoenix in 2004 and appeared in only five games due to a strained right Achilles tendon.

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