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May 9, 2007 at 9:49 AM

Telling quotes

Tuesday’s Storm game wasn’t a crisp masterpiece, which brought out one of the more classic quotes of the exhibition season when Connecticut coach Mike Thibault stated, “Two weeks ago I saw the Sistine Chapel — one of the greatest pieces of artwork in the world. Tonight I saw one of the worst pieces of art in the world. That was ugly.”
Thibault, who was speaking of his trip to Italy as a member of Anne Donovan’s USA Basketball staff, was just as bothered as Donovan by turnovers. The Sun had 22 while the Storm tallied 24 in winning the game. Only Donovan sounded more positive in quotes that didn’t make today’s article.
The team is still finding its chemistry. Betty Lennox just arrived, altering the offense, as did the return of Tanisha Wright, who was out with a left groin pull, and Janell Burse, who returned from play in Czech Republic. The trio had four, six, and five turnovers, respectively.
But Wright played 36 minutes at the point, which isn’t her natural position, yet a role she has been told to perfect in order to retain a spot on the team. Although turnovers have been a problem for her in the past, Donovan liked what she saw given the circumstances of changing parts. The miscues were probably a result of the team gelling and not an individual trend.
“It’s nice to have (Wright) back out there as a point guard,” Donovan told reporters in Connecticut. “T did a great job. She gives us such high energy defensively. Offensively, it’ll continue to come as she takes care of the ball better and learns what exactly we’re looking for offensively.”
And Donovan also said Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson, and Francesca Zara should be in Seattle by Friday. They play for the Russian championship on Thursday and with long travel, I doubt either plays in the exhibition finale against Sacramento at KeyArena on Friday night
The Storm is traveling from Connecticut today and isn’t practicing, so I’ll find out more tomorrow.

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