Storm training camp opened today and like most teams across the 12-team WNBA, the familiar faces were missing. But forward Camille Little’s banging under the hoop made up for any loss. She looks good, like Game 2 was yesterday.
But overall, the Storm only had 10 players report. Monday was Day 2, a 3.5-hour session at the new Seattle Pacific University practice facility site.
It’s probably best the mainstays aren’t here since coach Brian Agler’s glaring flaw in 2009 was bench production. He’s getting an extended look at players like Loree Moore and Alison Lacey, who are vying for the backup PG position. G Lindsey Wilson, a former Storm practice player, and F Laura Kurz are expected by Wednesday after completing play in Greece.
Everyone else is still in the midst of postseason competition from G Tanisha Wright in Poland to newcomer Jana Vesela in Spain. Two-time MVP Lauren Jackson and post Abby Bishop are in Australia training with their national team. They’re expected by Sunday while Swin Cash, who was in Miami, should arrive Saturday.
As expected, Agler said the talent present is going to make whittling the roster down to 11 players difficult. He already alluded to former Gonzaga star Heather Bowman (pictured right) having a tough time making the roster simply because of space.
There are 12 players for five slots.
“Three or four years ago, it was a great accomplishment to make a roster when you had 14 teams and a 13-player roster,” Agler said. “Well, there has been a series of graduating classes and there hasn’t been very many people retire. Now we’re down to 12 teams with an 11-person roster — it’s very demanding and difficult to make a roster. And it’s not always the best player to make a roster, a lot has to do with salary cap, too.
“So, it’s a great accomplishment right now to get into a training camp. I think she (Heather) has done extremely well. I think in the end, it could be tough for her to make this team. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t studying her, evaluating her and coaching her — we are.”
The Storm has one more session on Tuesday at SPU then travels to Portland to play an afternoon scrimmage against the Chinese national team. Play is closed to media, but Agler said it could be used to determine cuts.
F Heather Bowman
F/C Devanei Hampton
G Alison Lacey
F Camille Little
G Loree Moore
G Chelsea Newton
F Aja Parham
C Ashley Robinson
G/F Tanisha Smith
F Ashley Walker