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Women's Hoops

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April 24, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Live from training camp: Agler gets defensive

Players were in a huddle wrapping up practice by the time media was let in today. Heard from the public relations staff that a little snafu happened on when we were supposed to be let in and that it wasn’t coach Brian Agler’s request to keep us out.
Plenty could be heard behind the closed doors, however. Agler was stressing his defense and dishing out the commentary like Sonics broadcaster Kevin Calabro. At one point Agler said, “I’m going to be on you like white on rice.” A humorous old ditty that I guess was directed toward G/F Katie Gearlds, but Agler wouldn’t share the context and Gearlds wasn’t available to ask. Agler has said that he wants to focus on Gearlds’ defense, so it could just be that.
Vets Yolanda Griffith and Sheryl Swoopes didn’t practice because “we’re looking at the bigger picture with them,” Agler said. “Making sure they’re ready and fresh. We would defeat the purpose if we came in and practiced them six straight days.” Instead the legends did cardio and they’ll practice the next two days then be off with the rest of the team on Sunday.
The team will be without rookie G Daphanie Kennedy this weekend. She requested permission to return to California to walk with her graduating class at Pepperdine. Kennedy, who continues to make strides in camp, is the first of her family to attend college and earn a degree. She’s also the only rookie to request to leave camp for graduation, but Agler said he’d allow any to leave and wouldn’t hold it against any player in terms of his staff’s evaluations.
“I think that’s really important that they get a chance to do that,” Agler said. “She [Kennedy] reminded me again today that she’s going to go after tomorrow’s practice. It’s a big day in their life — not only for them, but their families. It gives them a chance to get back and go through that with their friends and family. She’ll come back in here on Sunday and be ready to go on Monday.”

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