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Women's Hoops

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

June 29, 2006 at 9:29 PM

Roster juggling

The long-term severity of injuries to Lauren Jackson and Wendy Palmer prompted the Storm to trade center Cisti Greenwalt to Chicago for Ashley Robinson, a 6-foot-4 post player.
Greenwalt, a rookie who was cut during training camp after being drafted by Sacramento in 2005, was intended as a practice player for the Storm, to be developed for the long run.
She wasn’t expected to play, except for junk minutes, but with Jackson’s daily uncertainty, the Storm (9-8) needs reliable help as it pushes for playoff seeding.
Robinson hasn’t played significant minutes either this season, but likes to draw contact and fight for rebounds under the basket, which Jackson (8.0) and Palmer (7.6) provided as the team’s leading rebounders.
Robinson’s best season since leaving Tennessee in 2004, was 2005 with Phoenix, where she averaged 3.5 rebounds and 19.4 minutes, starting 15 games for the Mercury.
In the Storm’s win against the Sky earlier this month, Robinson played three minutes and did not log a stat.
Robinson also is in the same $30,000 salary range as Greenwalt, keeping the Storm under the $700,000 cap.
A high salary was a reason Storm original Simone Edwards, who retired in May, was on the bubble to make the roster. Edwards, 32, is currently playing for Jamaica as her national team vies for a World Championship berth.

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