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Women's Hoops

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

May 7, 2007 at 12:27 PM

Three tales

With no backups on the perimeter, playing the wing dominated talks between Wendy Palmer, Ashley Robinson, and Shyra Ely before facing Indiana with seven healthy bodies Saturday.
Palmer, an 11-year vet who’s 6 feet 2, has played some small forward, and Storm coach Anne Donovan wanted her to transition to the spot when she signed her to a two-year contract last season, but Palmer sustained the Achilles injury. Ely (6-2) transitioned from playing power forward at Tennessee to small forward in the WNBA while Robinson (6-4) had never played the position and swore she never would.
“I’ll always be at the four,” Robinson told her teammates.
Scratch that. When Ely fouled out against the Fever, Robinson had to play out on the wing, which isn’t all that bad because the Storm likes to post up their big guards, but Robinson’s gangly frame was awkward outside.
“I definitely sent Barbara [Turner], Sue [Bird], and Lauren [Jackson] messages telling them they need to hurry up and get back,” Robinson said. “It would be fun [playing the three long term], but I don’t see much success.”
Robinson did finish the game scoring five points with seven rebounds and two blocks. Donovan said the game was an extension of Robinson’s solid training camp where she’s showed tons of energy and confidence.
The players are looking for a lift after the loss, but it should be washed from the memory quick. It’s hard to put much credibility into an exhibition game without some sort of a bench. Players’ time doubled in most cases and others were out of position. Tuesday’s game should be a better showing, even though the Storm will still miss their primary offensive option in Jackson.
“Hopefully Sue and Lauren and Barb get back ASAP,” Robinson said. “I don’t care how many minutes you get to play, you want your girls to be there. But they were mainly just laughing at my text. I had Barb laughing the hardest [about playing the three]. Sue said, ‘we can’t wait to get back,” and L just said, ‘hang in there lovely, we’ll be back soon.'”

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