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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago

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WNBA 2015 Season

Big announcement today from Diana Taurasi that she'll be sitting out this season, essentially because her Russian team can pay her so much compared to the Phoenix Mercury.
Puts a huge dent in Phoenix's back-to-back aspirations.
I'm expecting Penny Taylor to either follow suit or at least scale back her WNBA season as well.

Possibly good news for Erin Phillips though. If she wants to stay in Phoenix there's now a whole lot of extra guard minutes there, and hardly anyone else to use them.

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.
Two years ago
15:10 4 Feb 15

Reply #513086

re: WNBA 2015 Season

hey Dan - any news on Tolo getting any camp invites ?


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
15:29 4 Feb 15

Reply #513092

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I haven't heard anything, no.
In Tolo's case I'm thinking the ball is mostly in her own court. If she wants to play WNBA I would guess there would be no shortage of interest in her. I have no idea what her ambitions are though.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
15:47 4 Feb 15

Reply #513099

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Can't believe the salary difference between euro league and wnba.
Taurasi gets 100,000 in the Wnba and 1.5 million at her Russian club. I believe that club has a salary cap of 10 million+. Crazy...


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
19:29 4 Feb 15

Reply #513126

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Sad but true.
This issue was always going to raise its head, and it's surprising to me that it has taken this long.

The top players earn the bulk of their money in Europe/China. It's a gruelling schedule playing year round with very little break between the two seasons. When a player needs a breather, it makes a lot of sense for the WNBA to be the league to skip, even if it is the higher standard and more prestigious league, and for the vast majority of elite players, their "home" league as well.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
20:21 4 Feb 15

Reply #513131

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I just heard something interesting regarding Cayla Francis


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Anonymous
Two years ago
20:30 4 Feb 15

Reply #513132

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Awesome informative post Dan....


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Anonymous
Two years ago
20:57 4 Feb 15

Reply #513143

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Whats the news about Francis?


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
21:28 4 Feb 15

Reply #513145

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Sounds like she's heading across this season.
She has been around that level for a while now so it's interesting that it's happening this year.
Being an odd numbered year always helps (no Olympics/Worlds) I guess.
Look forward to seeing how she goes against the best. She's got the skills for it.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:35 4 Feb 15

Reply #513147

re: WNBA 2015 Season

If you guys had a teenage daughter who was tracking at this level, what would your advice be?

CoE?
Stay home to finish highs school then US College?
WNBL to WNBA?

It is really hard to work out what the best path for women's basketball is these days.

I guess the good part is with the European/Russian and Chinese becoming such strong options it appears women can earn a great living from the sport.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
22:21 4 Feb 15

Reply #513156

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Would depend on what she has at her home Level re training and game opportunities. C of E is not everything and certainly not education wise. For those who don't have opportunities at home it certainly can be useful, but if they have access to a good wnbl/SEABL program and good coaches they are just as well to stay at home in their junior years. College is the next step to get more experience and then open the doors to Europe if they are wanting to make basketball a career


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Anonymous
Two years ago
22:41 4 Feb 15

Reply #513159

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I would go College then back to WNBL then Europe then wnba


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Anonymous
Two years ago
23:23 4 Feb 15

Reply #513163

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Play well at that Gems world champs (under 19) and get drafted that year.

This is the path Talbot and the tall skinny girl went.

The wnba team will then track your development until you're ready to head over and play. Getting drafted by a wnba team puts you in play for the opals where you get increased exposure internationally.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
23:35 4 Feb 15

Reply #513165

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Talbot I think is still a year or so away I reckon...
Mijovic, not sure she'll ever make it.


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.
Two years ago
01:22 5 Feb 15

Reply #513169

re: WNBA 2015 Season

alana smith smoky for a few years time


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.
Two years ago
01:24 5 Feb 15

Reply #513170

re: WNBA 2015 Season

bottom line is you have to deliver / excel at international level regardless of COE or college to get to WNBA level.


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Greg
Two years ago
02:24 5 Feb 15

Reply #513173

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Mijovic needs to get some bulk up and rid herself of her paint phobia to have any chance of reaching the potential that she has.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
02:26 5 Feb 15

Reply #513175

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I understand that Kelsey Griffin plays her role and does the team thing, but I'd love to see her get the green light, think she is quite capable of being a 10 and 5-8 on a regular basis, Sun lack a bit of offensive punch.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
08:42 5 Feb 15

Reply #513187

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Cayla Francis to Phoenix!


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Anonymous
Two years ago
09:53 5 Feb 15

Reply #513197

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Leilani Mitchell to Mercury!


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
12:28 5 Feb 15

Reply #513243

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Tess Madgen! :D


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:55 5 Feb 15

Reply #513249

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Tolo, bishop, Talbot and maybe kunek also maybe, lol?
Is jarry, Taylor and cambage going back?

Jackson I'm assuming will not play?


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
14:05 5 Feb 15

Reply #513273

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I think we can probably rule out LJ, yeah :(
Vert much doubt we will see Penny either.

Jarry & Liz would be largely dependent on their health I guess.
Bishop & Tolo are the interesting ones to me. I'd love to see them both have a crack this season. While the aussie invasion is on, they might as well get on the bandwagon :)
I've always thought Tolo could hold down a spot over there. Bishop I'm not as certain about, but she's certainly a better player than the last time she played for Seattle so I think she cold stick too.

Kunek might be worth a camp spot for a team looking for a perimeter gunner. I think maybe I'm just being greedy now though. Might as well throw Steph Cumming into the mix as well ;) She's got WNBA physicality.


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.
Two years ago
14:34 5 Feb 15

Reply #513276

re: WNBA 2015 Season

don't forget jenna


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
14:43 5 Feb 15

Reply #513277

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Yeah I'm just assuming that Jenna is a lock to play, just as I'm assuming Erin is too (just don't know where, yet)

Tolo is in :D


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Anonymous
Two years ago
15:14 5 Feb 15

Reply #513287

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Dunkin dan, where do u get your info?


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Anonymous
Two years ago
16:25 5 Feb 15

Reply #513307

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Not sure why people are so high on Kunek.

fairly solid 3pt shooter.

Whinges A LOT on fouls.

About all I can come up with.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
20:15 5 Feb 15

Reply #513352

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Boti reports Tolo a more certain lock, Madgen to get a camp invite.


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Michael
Two years ago
21:43 5 Feb 15

Reply #513366

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Tess already under contract with Sandringham SEABL


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Anonymous
Two years ago
22:05 5 Feb 15

Reply #513368

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Lol, would be funny if tolo goes to Mercury as backup behind griner.

From what Ive heard, kobryn is to go...? But will they put Francis and bass as backup centres or put them as 4's behind Dupree.

Pf 6'2 Dupree
Pf/c 6'4 Francis / 6'3 bass
C 6'8 Griner

You'd think they would be after at least 1 more big.

Also, they might be looking at Talbot at sf behind bonner perhaps? According to boti?

Pretty small and weak in the guard spots if no taurasi and maybe no Phillips or Taylor.
That would mean Mitchell, bias, James, murphy, zogota?


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Anonymous
Two years ago
22:23 5 Feb 15

Reply #513374

re: WNBA 2015 Season

We can dream...

Phillips/Mitchell/bias
Taylor/James
Bonner/Talbot
Dupree/francis/bass
Griner/tolo

Vandersloot is up for trade? She would be great at Phoenix.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
23:18 5 Feb 15

Reply #513377

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Tolo will be in the west, but not the Mercury unfortunately.
Not that Phoenix is short on aussies now anyway. Lost 2, but gained 2.5, so I can't complain!


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Anonymous
Two years ago
07:31 6 Feb 15

Reply #513391

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Looking forward to seeing how Brendan Joyce can make the signing of Tess Madgen about himself.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
08:23 6 Feb 15

Reply #513393

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Signed...
Leilani Mitchell
Jasmine James
Cayla Francis
Tess Madgen
Monique Curry
Noellle quinn

That means 4 guards, a small fwd and and pf/c.

Phillips, Taylor, bonner, Dupree, griner to round out? Plus one more. I'm not so sure...


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
09:46 6 Feb 15

Reply #513406

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I'd be very (pleasantly though) surprised if Erin & Penny played in Phoenix this season.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
10:58 6 Feb 15

Reply #513423

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Taylor I can understand not going with taurasi not playing.

Why would Erin not go back?
It can't be because shes not wanted. The other guards imo at the Mercury will not do well. Small in stature and primarily passes not shooters. Not great perimeter defenders either.

Starting 5 last year was
Taurasi, Taylor, bonner, Dupree, griner.

The front court will remain the same, but how can you replace 25-35 points a game in the backcourt.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
11:17 6 Feb 15

Reply #513433

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Why would Erin not go back?

Its quite rare for a wnaba player to become an unrestricted free agent. She has her choice of teams she may want to play for.

Reasons for moving on;

She wasn't a starter towards the end of last year and there could be some bad blood due to that.

She may want to live in another city. New York and LA are in need of point guards and when salaries are essentially equal. Living in either of those cities would be a plus.

Mercury are looking weaker now with DT and I assume Penny out. Putting herself in a position to win a 3rd championship must come into play.

Another team may offer her more years on a deal. At age 30 this must be a plus for her.

With all the guards/wings signed so far I assume this means that both Erin and Penny won't be back.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:07 6 Feb 15

Reply #513448

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Well according to Mistie Bass's (Phx team mate last season) Twitter Erin has signed for another team


https://twitter.com/mr_battle91/status/563471447902134272


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:35 6 Feb 15

Reply #513457

re: WNBA 2015 Season

On another forum, they suggested la sparks for Phillips.
But doubt it. Tolliver is the Primary pg there isnt she?


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
12:39 6 Feb 15

Reply #513459

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Erin could fit in just about anywhere IMO, but LA is one of the teams I think would suit her particularly well. Toliver is more like a SG in the body of a PG. A backcourt of her & Erin would work just fine IMO. Nice team to go to as they're potential title threats if they can get their backcourt right, and having Erin on board would be a good step in that direction.
Plus then there's be 2 aussies in LA ;)


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:41 6 Feb 15

Reply #513460

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Tolliver isn't a pg. She played as the primary pg for one season with LA and it didn't work (some double figure turnover games).

Tolliver's strength is scoring although she is the size of a pg. Playing a strong guard like Erin who can also guard the wing next to Tolliver while sharing ball handling duties may work.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
14:14 7 Feb 15

Reply #513659

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Mitchell/james
Quinn/madgen
Bonner/Currie
Dupree/bass
Griner/Francis


I see them removing Kobryn, bias, zagota, murphy?

Looking like an Sg/sf is needed and maybe another true centre.
I see both bass and Francis playing both 4 and 5.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
15:05 7 Feb 15

Reply #513671

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Yeah, I have concerns there too.
The backcourt is obviously an issue, as you'd expect when suddenly you lose Taurasi & Phillips! Huge hole to fill, but I think they've done a *reasonable* job given what's available. But it's very much a case of throwing a bunch of ok players at the problem and hoping that it works itself out.

The 4 spot is my worry too. Bonner is very much a 3, who even played the 2 last season. Currie is on the 2 side of a 3. So Dupree is really the only true PF on the team. Francis is the next closest thing, since Mistie's game is more a close-to-the-basket style.
So it's a tremendous opportunity for Cayla to get herself some minutes if she plays well, but I'd feel better with another PF on the roster. I expect that's the spot they'll be aiming at with their draft pick.

I also expect that Murphy will stick. She's a capable and experienced backup.
Remember also that the roster size has increased to 12, so with all the cash freed up from Taurasi + Taylor + Phillips, I'd expect them to use all available spots (assuming of course that they're not over-paying for all those guards ... which history says is probably not a wise assumption). So there is room for all of the above plus a draft pick.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
16:01 7 Feb 15

Reply #513685

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I reckon there after tolo and another free agent.

If they can peel vandersloot from chicago.

Then you would have much better side.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
16:07 7 Feb 15

Reply #513687

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I mean something like this:

Vandersloot/Mitchell
Quinn/James/madgen
Bonner/currie
Dupree/francis/bass
Griner/tolo


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
16:48 7 Feb 15

Reply #513697

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Tolo already signed with another team.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
17:15 7 Feb 15

Reply #513706

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Where?


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Anonymous
Two years ago
23:48 7 Feb 15

Reply #513789

re: WNBA 2015 Season

So Phillips and tolo to Los angeles Sparks?
And bishop back to the storm?


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Anonymous
Two years ago
23:57 7 Feb 15

Reply #513791

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Looking like:
Phillips- sparks
Tolo- sparks
Bishop- storm
Ohea- storm
Madgen- Mercury
Mitchell- Mercury
Francis- Mercury
allen- Liberty

Maybe...
Jarry-
Talbot-
Jackson-
Cambage-


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
00:50 8 Feb 15

Reply #513802

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I'd have to think that LJ is highly unlikely now after the latest setback.

Talbot feels unlikely to me now too given that Phoenix has already loaded up their roster, and Penny won't be playing. It no longer feels like the right time for her to go over.

Not sure what Cambage's health situation is, but I'm still quietly holding out some hope that she will go over. 2015 Tulsa is a very different team to the one she last played for, and with her on board they get that bit better again.

Jarry is in for a fight to grab a spot on Minnesota's roster but hopefully she can stay healthy and achieve it.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
08:50 10 Feb 15

Reply #514319

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Tolo signing with LA has been officially announced now


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Anonymous
Two years ago
10:45 10 Feb 15

Reply #514350

re: WNBA 2015 Season

That's a descent front court...

Parker/ogwumike/Gruda or Greene?
Tolo/lavender?


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
09:57 12 Feb 15

Reply #514721

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Erin Phillips officially confirmed to the LA Sparks


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
09:15 21 Feb 15

Reply #516699

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Abby Bishop signing with Seattle Storm is now official. Multi year deal.

http://www.wnba.com/storm/news/storm_signs_bishop150220.html


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manos
Two years ago
09:22 21 Feb 15

Reply #516702

re: WNBA 2015 Season

abby is in good form and seattle acknowledge this.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
10:06 21 Feb 15

Reply #516712

re: WNBA 2015 Season

BA could learn a thing or two from Seattle about how to handle Abby's family situation too

https://twitter.com/seattlestorm/status/568838659148947456/photo/1

https://twitter.com/seattlestorm/status/568841943872094209/photo/1


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Anonymous
Two years ago
09:35 19 May 15

Reply #528929

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Has Tess Madgen been cut? I haven't heard any mention of it but I noticed that her name has been taken off the Phoenix roster :(


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
10:36 20 May 15

Reply #529023

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Tess is still there. She was mentioned in this brief article about day 2 of camp:

http://www.wnba.com/mercury/news/camp_150519.html


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Anonymous
Two years ago
11:26 20 May 15

Reply #529026

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I wasn't aware that Jarry was injured.

http://www.startribune.com/reeve-says-mccarville-decided-she-didn-t-want-to-play/303614351/


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Anonymous
Two years ago
13:15 20 May 15

Reply #529040

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Jarry is always injured, it's ridiculous


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
10:53 23 May 15

Reply #529479

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Brief Cayla Francis interview video from Mercury camp:
http://mercury.wnba.com/video/the-annexus-practice-report-52215/


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
12:15 23 May 15

Reply #529494

re: WNBA 2015 Season

First preseason game of the season and Bec Allen had a solid start. The undermanned NY lineup got hammered by Chicago but Bec played 23 min off the bench for 10 points (4/8 FG, 2/4 3P) and 3 boards.
Would have been quite a reality check guarding Delle Donne though, who piled on 16 & 8 in just 16 minutes.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
20:51 24 May 15

Reply #529615

re: WNBA 2015 Season

http://liveaccess.wnba.com/

$15 USD for a subscription.

Probably a decent price point to consider for NBL/WNBL as the popularity of the leagues are similar and you get on average 2/3 games per day with the WNBA (not just 4 games on the weekend).

I think code WNBALA2015 will get you $2 USD off.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:07 24 May 15

Reply #529617

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Is taylor taking a year off? Hasn't been any mention of her playing......


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:20 24 May 15

Reply #529618

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Yes she is.


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Two years ago
21:42 24 May 15

Reply #529620

re: WNBA 2015 Season

live access is the best value - used it for years


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Two years ago
23:14 24 May 15

Reply #529630

re: WNBA 2015 Season

it is about 18-20$ aus - still excellent value


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
11:39 28 May 15

Reply #530254

re: WNBA 2015 Season

In today's pre-season action
Allen 11 pts (5/10) & 2 reb in 17 min off the bench
Phillips 11 pts (2/5), 8 ast & 3 stl in 31 min.
Tolo 3 pts (1/8) (ouch) & 4 reb in 19 min.
Both aussies started for LA.

Yesterday:
Bishop 2 pts (1/4) & 4 reb in 18 min (starter)
O'Hea 1 pt (0/4) & 2 ast in 14 min (starter)
Francis 8 pts (4/8) & 5 reb in 22 min (bench)
Madgen 5 pts (2/4) & 2 reb in 13 min (bench)
Mitchell DNP (ankle)

Phoenix play Seattle again tonight. Fingers crossed for Tess! She is in that pool of excess guards in Phoenix from which cuts will soon need to be made, but so far the signs are looking fairly promising for her.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
11:55 28 May 15

Reply #530260

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Taurasi is playing elsewhere I believe so Taylor has followed her and they are both out of the WNBA for the upcoming season


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
12:04 28 May 15

Reply #530264

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Taurasi's situation is well documented.
Her contract with UMMC requires her to not play in the Russian off-season, so she has this summer off.
Conveniently, Penny is a free agent and out of contract atm, so she is able to do as she pleases.
I'm guessing she'll skip the entire season, though she has left the door open for a possible return in the second half of the season.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:08 28 May 15

Reply #530265

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Allen has probably exceeded expectations in her 1st few preseason games. (only via boxscores, I haven't watched).

Really great to see.

She is probably one of the few that comes through with the potential to be more then a role player although getting more then 20 minutes a game in that league without being a high draft pick isn't easy.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
12:17 28 May 15

Reply #530267

re: WNBA 2015 Season

I haven't watched either (preseason games aren't shown on WNBA LiveAccess) but the few reports I've read of her play have been positive.
It's hard to gauge much of anything from preseason games, but history says that if you're getting good minutes at this stage, it's a good sign. The fact that she seems to be fairly efficient scoring-wise is nice too. We already know she can hold her own on defence.

She is in a very good situation in NY. She's not a high first round draft pick, so there isn't that pressure of high expectations weighing on her. She's on a pretty mediocre team that's trying to get better, so there are also good opportunities for her to increase her role and her minutes if she can play at a high level.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
11:40 29 May 15

Reply #530437

re: WNBA 2015 Season

More pre-season action.
Seattle 73 @ Phoenix 79
O'Hea 3 pts (1/3) & 3 reb in 17 min (start)
Bishop 5 pts (2/5) & 1 reb in 15 in (start)
(her 2/5 included 1/4 3PA, which is ... odd)
Francis 11 pts (3/6) & 3 reb in 15 min (bench)
Madgen 0 pts (0/1), 1 reb, 1 ast in 10 min (bench)
Mitchell 2 pts (1/4), 5 ast in 19 min (bench)

Phoenix made 2 cuts after the game, but all the aussies survived them.

LA 64 @ Connecticut 57
Tolo 6 pts (3/5), 1 reb, 4 stl in 26 min (start)
Phillips 12 pts (4/7), 4 reb, 7 ast in 30 min (start)


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
10:34 1 Jun 15

Reply #530713

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Looks like Tess has survived the remaining cuts and made it to Phoenix's final roster. Great news! :D

(this according to Ben Madgen's tweet)
"So proud and excited for my sister @tessmadgen for making the Phoenix Mercury's roster. Hard work really pays off. What a superstar! #WNBA"


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
12:05 2 Jun 15

Reply #530847

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Bec Allen 21 minutes off the bench today for 10 points (4/11 FG, 2/6 3P), 1 reb, 3 ast, 1 st, 1 bs in the last game before the regular season tips off this weekend. Caps off a solid pre-season for her.

Phoenix Mercury had their media day overnight
http://mercury.wnba.com/media-day/
Mercury GM Tim Pitman talks briefly about Cayla & Tess at the 9 minute mark
Sandy Brondello is interviewed at 28:00 (at 23:00 if you feel like 5 minutes of fluff first)
Leilani Mitchell at 38:00
Cayla & Tess interviewed at 50:00


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
13:25 7 Jun 15

Reply #531593

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Very solid start by the aussies in the WNBA this season.
Yesterday Bec Allen had an excellent game for NY, playing 19 min off the bench for 6 pts (3/6), 3 reb & 3 steals. Her first basket was an encouraging drive to the hoop after beating a defender off the dribble on the perimeter. She got a little excited and forced a couple of ill advised 3's but overall looked good, not overawed, and played some very nice defence.
She played again today. I didn't watch this one - a road loss to the Mystics - but she went 0/4 in 14 min but did get 6 boards & 2 blocked shots.

Cayla played well in Phoenix's win over the Stars. 17 min off the bench, including being on the floor down the stretch of a close game, so Sandy already putting faith in her from day 1. 10 points on 5/7 shooting - both misses being 3 point attempts. 3 rebs & 2 steals. Her D was patchy but not too bad.

Tess didn't make it onto the court, and is going to struggle to do so this season with so many guards on that roster.

Today we had 4 aussies starting in the one game as LA played in Seattle ... and got smashed. O'Hea 8, 3 & 3) & Bishop (2, 3 & 3) were both solid; Erin (11, 2 & 5 + 2 stl) played well in a losing cause. Marianna (3 & 3) struggled a little. Hung around the perimeter a lot of offence and even attempted a 3 at one point, which was odd. Didn't look too comfortable out there. Hopefully she'll be fine once she adjusts to the tempo of this league though.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:28 10 Jun 15

Reply #532195

re: WNBA 2015 Season

No beç allen today for the liberty. Injured? Or just not getting on the court this fame?


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:54 10 Jun 15

Reply #532203

re: WNBA 2015 Season

knee niggle, didn't suit up.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:24 12 Jun 15

Reply #532639

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Nice debut from tess today. Few steals. Hit a 3. Stats said solid not outstanding.
hope we see bec back on the floor soon too


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
23:25 12 Jun 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

I thought Tess looked very tentative out there, but totally understandable in her first game, and a tense one it was too. Nailed her only shot attempt though and started looking a little more comfortable by the end of the game. Nice to see Sandy giving her so many minutes, but I guess that was smart with that being game 1 back-to-back road games.
Cayla was pretty average unfortunately. Reality check game at both ends. She's been thrown in the deep end with Griner missing for the first 7 games but she'll be better for the experience in the long run.

Worrying about Bec Allen, with a comment being made that she may need minor surgery on the knee. Fingers crossed that minor is all it is.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
10:54 13 Jun 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

Well I hope Joyce was watching that game.
Francis got understandably Boguted to the bench today in place of Bass. She responded with 8 boards, a couple of blocks, and much better shot selection, though her D and her care of the ball was still frustrating.

Tess Madgen earned herself 20 minutes of valuable time until an ankle sprain took her out of the game down the stretch :(
She looked in a lot of pain. Hopefully it's not too serious. Rotten timing.

The real story was Leilani Mitchell knocking down 6/8 from 3 point territory on her way to 22 points. She's tiny but she's by far our (Opals) best floor general and has always been able to knock down the open shot.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
10:57 13 Jun 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

Its early although Leilani has been one of the better point guards in the wnba this season. She'll likely get better once Griner returns.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
11:11 13 Jun 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

Some alley-oop assists would look good on her resume ;)


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Anonymous
Two years ago
11:31 13 Jun 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

So would some defence.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
11:38 13 Jun 15

Reply #532702

re: WNBA 2015 Season

Yeah she's no Erin Phillips at that end, though she's far from alone there.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
11:49 13 Jun 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

She's a billion times better than Tessa Lavey though Brendon joyce can't see it


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Anonymous
Two years ago
17:01 13 Jun 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

Firstly, a point guard's main job is to lead and organize the offence with skill and IQ..not defence as many thinks here in Australia. Defence is nice if you have some of it but must not reduce your capacity to run offence. There are plenty of role players (glorified as defensive specialists)you can use to cover D. Steve Nash did not become NBA MVP 2 in a row because of his D.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
19:19 13 Jun 15

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The two things are pretty much mutually exclusive. Obviously you want your players to be good at both ends and there's no reason they shouldn't aim for that.

Defence is everyone's responsibility. One bad/lazy defender can bring down 4 other good ones.
Leilani's main deficiency in that department is her size. I've never noticed her particularly lacking in the effort department, reading the play, or excessively gambling on D, and I don't think her size is nearly as big of a deal as some (eg. Laimbeer) do.
She's certainly the closest thing to a Harrower type pure point guard that we have.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
09:18 15 Jun 15

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Cayla Francis just misses the double-double. 9 pts & 10 reb as the Phoenix upset the Lynx
Leilani 11 pts, 7 ast & 3 steals.
Tess with only 1 token minute in this one but that's good news that the ankle is obviously not too bad.

Unlike poor Bec Allen's knee "niggle" which has become season-ending for her :(
That really sucks after a very promising start.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
09:45 15 Jun 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

Abby Bishop 18 pts, including 4/9 from 3, in Seattle's win over LA. Very nice.
O'Hea shot poorly but had 5 assists.
For LA, Erin had a very solid 10, 5 & 5 game, while Tolo had 5 pts & 6 reb.
All 4 aussies started that one.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
14:14 26 Jun 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

Some more nice performances by the aussies today, but all in losing efforts unfortunately.
Cayla got Phoenix back into the game when she came in. 13 points (6/10), 6 boards, 2 steals & 3 blocks in her 20 minutes.
O'Hea & Bishop had nice games too, but the Storm blew a rare chance to beat the Lynx, helped a bit by Abby's unfortunate and-1 foul down the stretch.
Jenna 10, 2 & 2, and Abby 11 & 7.

Tess played 4 minutes with just a PF to show for it. Expect Cayla's minutes to drop now with Griner available from the next game, although hopefully the 2 of them can spend some time side by side in the front court. I think they could make quite a handy combo if there are some opposing 4's that Cayla can stay with.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
09:48 6 Jul 15

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Phillips & Tolo with games to be proud of this morning, although the Sparks ended up losing in OT thanks to a very nice play Brondello drew up to get Leilani open for her only 3 of the night.
Marianna did a great impression of the 2014 worlds the way she competed against Griner, and finished with 10, 4 & 4, plus 3 blocks herself, before fouling out late in the game. A couple of illegal screens cost her today, but overall she is looking great.
Erin was 4/6 from outside the arc in her 20, 4 & 5 performance.
The Sparks are, as expected, starting to look distinctly dangerous as they get their injured & overseas players back into action.

For Phoenix, Cayla has predictably seen her minutes slashed with Griner back, and unfortunately Madgen was the player cut to make way for Xargay's arrival from Spain.


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
09:52 27 Aug 15

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Serious looking injury to Tolo in this game @ Indiana.
Hopefully not the dreaded ACL :(


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Dunkin' Dan
Two years ago
09:09 29 Aug 15

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The terrible news for Tolo is confirmed :(

http://www.hoopfeed.com/content/2015/08/28/los-angeles-sparks-center-marianna-tolo-to-undergo-acl-reconstruction-surgery-no-timetable-on-return/

Big blow for the Opals.


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Luuuc
Two years ago
11:40 19 Dec 15

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re: WNBA 2015 Season

Seattle Storm Season Recap: Jenna O'Hea

http://storm.wnba.com/news/season-recap-jenna-ohea/

"She sought to break that pattern and worked with assistant coach Ryan Webb to add to her game and it was something that was evident as the season wore on. O¹Hea took the ball off dribble more and more and became a playmaker for her teammates."


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