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Women's Hoops

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

April 24, 2007 at 1:52 PM

Size matters

The Storm just wrapped up its second full practice and things look shaky, understandable because the team is missing five of its returning players — including four starters.
What does look good is the condition of returnees Wendy Palmer, Iziane Castro Marques and Tanisha Wright. Wright and Palmer have both dropped weight and Castro Marques has bulked up.
Now Castro Marques, the team’s projected starting small forward, is still twiggy, but more defined muscles are clinging to her bones. She said she did a lot of weight-lifting while playing overseas during the WNBA offseason and ate everything.
Palmer, meanwhile, strayed away from the food to drop about 20 pounds. She tore her left Achilles five games into the 2006 season and said she was “depression eating” because she couldn’t play. Palmer, 32, changed her diet to omit pork and breads and limit beef, choosing to eat more poultry and fish with tons of vegetables.
“I want to be healthy, not just for basketball but the game of life,” said Palmer, who will be limited to one practice a day as she continues to rehabilitate the Achilles.
Wright trimmed her frame as she averaged more than 25 minutes playing in Israel.
Palmer, however, still gets stares from her teammates. She’s entering her 11th season in the WNBA.
“I’m a little ancient around here,” Palmer said. “They [the rookies] are fresh faces and they don’t know what to expect, so I get a lot of questions like, ‘How do you last so long?’ or ‘Why do you wear sweats?’ or ‘How do I play this screen?’ I welcome it because that’s my place right now in this league, on this team — help guide the younger players so they can have the opportunity to be here half as long as I’ve been here.”

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