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Women's Hoops

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May 19, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Cash misses practice

Storm forward Swin Cash missed practice today to attend a funeral in Philadelphia with her fiance. Close friend and Storm teammate Sue Bird said, “She’s fine,” handling the situation well. No other details were provided.
Coach Brian Agler expects Cash to return tonight and be in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Sacramento just arrived and former Monarchs center Yolanda Griffith was ecstatic, giving hugs to Nicole Powell and Jenny Boucek among others. Agler said the challenge will be keeping Griffith organized as everyone tugs at her to reflect on her Sacramento days.
But Agler has experience dealing with star players facing their former teams from three seasons as an assistant coach in San Antonio. Last season alone, he experienced the “returns” of Erin Buescher, who went back to Sacramento; Becky Hammon, who went back to New York; and Ruth Riley, who went back to Detroit.
“You sort of have to manage their time because everybody wants to talk to them,” Agler said. “You don’t want to take away from that, but sort of have to keep them organized. I don’t think it’ll be so bad tomorrow, but when we go back down there [to Sacramento], it could get to a higher level.”
The Monarchs, playing without veteran posts Griffith and DeMya Walker, who was waived after suffering a second knee injury, defeated San Antonio in their season opener. Bird commented that while the team appears to have the same defensive intensity, they’ve picked up an offense under Boucek, their second-year coach.
“This is no knock because they won a championship, but their offense [before] was something they never really relied on at all,” said Bird, whose team is 9-18 all-time against the Monarchs. “You’d scout them and there was nothing to scout because they didn’t have an offense.”
Boucek has implement a small-ball system that works well for the shooters on the Monarchs roster.
“Offensively, I’m impressed with how they attack,” Agler said. “They just keep coming at you. They’re going to be a tough team.”
Ah, they already have been, reaching the Western Conference Finals five times, the WNBA Finals twice, winning the title in 2005 when Griffith was selected the series MVP.

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