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May 8, 2007 at 9:08 AM

Lennox starting, others out

Betty Lennox will start for the Storm tonight against Connecticut. She’ll line up with Tanisha Wright at point guard, Iziane Castro Marques at small forward, Wendy Palmer at power forward and Janell Burse at center. That moves rookie Katie Gearlds and free agent Shyra Ely to the bench, their expected roles during the season (should Ely join Gearlds in making the final roster) and it gives coach Anne Donovan a chance to evaluate the new candidates for a likely rotation for the upcoming season.
It’s also a game the Storm should win. Connecticut defeated New York without its stars (someone please tell me how New York got worse in a contraction year), but it shouldn’t have the same outcome against a nearly stocked Seattle. Lennox is most likely still tired, but even at half steam she should be able to help the Storm generate some offense, along with Wright running the team. And defense is just effort, something all of the healthy players can demonstrate.
Meanwhile All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson will not participate in the exhibition season, including the sole home game at KeyArena on May 11, due to playing a decisive game for their Russian championship on May 10. And it looks like Barbara Turner could be out until after the team’s media day on May 14 due to play in Turkey. Not good for a second-year player who’s trying to retain her slot on the roster. If Ely looks good, she could be on the opening-day roster.
Even though I’m leaning toward Ely on the bench, I think I’d be more adamant about not having Turner on the waiver wire to be picked up by someone else. I don’t care how bad she was in the postseason against Los Angeles last season.

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