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May 7, 2007 at 11:28 AM

Wright stuff

Storm guard Tanisha Wright practiced in Connecticut today and looked good, according to coach Anne Donovan. She should be good to play on Tuesday after missing the past week, plus the exhibition game against Indiana on Saturday, due to a left groin pull.
Donovan said Wright will start at point guard and rookie Katie Gearlds will move to the bench, playing her normal role as backup for the perimeter players. That (and not being guarded by Tully Bevilaqua) should help Gearlds shoot better than 20 percent from the field, as she did in her debut.
Storm star Betty Lennox also is stateside and being picked up from the airport as I write this. She was groggy from the trip but happy to be back from playing in Poland. Lennox left a day early, missing Saturday’s championship game, which her team lost to squad led by Los Angeles All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw.
But Donovan said not to be so quick in penciling the 2004 Finals MVP into the starting lineup. The coach wants to see how Lennox is at shootaround on Tuesday before deciding on a rotation for the perimeter against Connecticut.
The coaching staff also probably wants to get another long look at forward Shyra Ely, who was impressive with her 3-for-7 shooting for 10 points and seven boards in 31 minutes, fouling out late in the game against Indiana. Donovan might want to run the Wright, Iziane Castro Marques and Ely lineup live once before putting Lennox back in the lineup.
Storm forward Wendy Palmer remains a slight question mark. She practiced and looks fine, according to Donovan, but the quad strain sustained on Saturday stems from her continuing to rehab her way back from a pulled left Achilles last summer. It’s a difficult injury to recover from, and Palmer has done an admirable job to even be playing, but she still needs to get in game shape.
“We’ve got to play it by ear, she’s got a lot of pulled muscles,” Donovan said. “Her offseason rehab wasn’t running up and down the court, so it’s just getting her body back and playing through training camp, injuries and soreness and trying to figure out what’s the point you walk off the floor and what do you work through.”

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