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Women's Hoops

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

August 1, 2006 at 2:08 PM

Burse is back…again

Storm center Janell Burse is expected to start tonight against Minnesota. The 6-foot-5 post participated in shoot around this morning, her second mini-practice with the team, and although she sounded apprehensive, Burse said she’s 85 percent healthy and will “give it a go.”
“Hopefully everything holds up and nothing gets hurt again,” she said.
Burse missed the Storm’s past five games after re-aggravating the labrum tear in her left shoulder. She originally sustained the injury in April while playing in Prague and missed Seattle’s opening two games after tweaking the joint in training camp. Burse has personally been frustrated by the injury because she worked hard to develop more of an outside shot and was in the midst of her best season as a sixth-year vet.
Burse is averaging 10.7 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Meanwhile All-Star Lauren Jackson didn’t do much during the session and was limping around with her left foot bound in athletic tape. She’s suffering from plantar fasciitis and is hopeful to play, but is a game-time decision.
In other news…
USA Today ran an interesting poll of the 26 All-Stars, asking them to choose their WNBA postseason award winners. Los Angeles center Lisa Leslie was nearly a unanimous pick for MVP over Tamika Catchings (Indiana) and Jackson.
My picks are: Leslie for MVP, Catchings for Defensive Player of the Year, Sacramento forward Erin Buescher for Most Improved, Minnesota guard Seimone Augustus for Rookie of the Year and Connecticut coach Mike Thibault for Coach of the Year. When it comes to Thibault, he, unlike most others in the league, was able to help his team absorb injuries to continue winning and built a roster that should be strong well into the future.
And Team USA finalized its roster slots for the World Championship in September in Brazil. Augustus made the cut despite a horrible showing in Australia due to travel and the end of her college season. Phoenix rookie Cappie Pondexter was left out while Sacramento center Yolanda Griffith will give it one more run, ignoring injuries and earlier thoughts that she’d retire.
The additions sound good …quot; on paper. Storm coach Anne Donovan, who’s also the national team coach, will have to deal with injuries on the international level and still needs to be concerned about the win streak ending. On the line in Brazil is an automatic berth to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

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