WNBA training camps got underway yesterday and media members from around the nation have reported on some of the key issues that various teams are facing.
Brief summaries of the news from around the league are below, but definitely click the links to show reporters that you appreciate the coverage.
- Odeen Domingo of the Arizona Republic reports on the candidates to fill the point guard position for the Phoenix Mercury, which has been a topic of discussion here. One interesting player that Domingo mentioned that hasn't been brought up much by Swish Appeal commenters: Alexis Hornbuckle. Read more >>>
- Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the Atlanta Dream are not looking to make any major overhauls this season, but are looking to improve their defense. Roberson highlights their scoring defense and their 97.87 points per possession allowed ranked 8th in the league last season. But the more specific challenge for the Dream might rest with how teams were scoring points - the Dream allowed their opponents 12.94 second chance points per game, which was a league-low. Read more >>>
- Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times has kicked off her coverage of Seattle Storm training camp with a focus on the holes they'll have to fill, beginning the backup point guard situation yesterday. Evans reports that Washington natives Ashley Corral and Jacqua Williams are in the running for that spot, as well as Sylvia Dominguez and Allie Quigley. Read more >>>
- Tim Leighton of the Pioneer Press writes that the Minnesota Lynx' entire starting five missed the start of training camp, which puts the spotlight on the fight for the team's final two roster spots. Leighton identified first round draft pick Devereaux Peters and free agent signee Erin Thorn as the early frontrunners for those two spots. Read more >>>
- Mark Woods of the Indianapolis Star took stock of five things to watch for the Indiana Fever, with a focus on age and their lack of depth on the interior. That need for a stronger interior presence made Georgia Tech's Sasha Goodlett look like a good fit on draft day and it will be interesting to watch her progress in training camp to see what she can contribute this year. Read more >>>
- Mike Brown of the Tulsa World reports that new Tulsa Shock head coach Gary Kloppenburg is already making an impact as someone who's a great teacher of the game. The sum of Shock guard Ivory Latta's comments suggest that it's a welcome change from the past. Read more >>>
- Terrance Thomas of the San Antonio Express-News describes San Antonio Silver Stars forward Sophia Young's decision not to play overseas this WNBA off-season. Silver Stars head coach Dan Hughes says it showed on the court. Read more >>>
- Mark Giannatto of the Washington Post reports that Washington Mystics coach Trudi Lacey looks forward to the return of star scorer Monqiue Currie, but is not guaranteeing her a spot in the starting lineup. Currie missed most of last season with an ACL tear and started 1 of the 4 games she played. Read more >>>
- John Vellante of the Boston Globe wrote a nice feature on Shey Peddy, who was 23rd overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky. Although Peddy is not guaranteed a spot on the Sky, it gives her a chance to continue pursuing a long-held dream. Read more >>>
- The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter reports that the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay is collaborating with the Minnesota Lynx to organize a bus trip to watch Julie Wojta play the Chicago Sky in Minneapolis. I just thought that's cool. Read more >>>
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