NEW YORK -- Growing together since establishing a new core group in 2010, the Connecticut Sun approached their 10th season as the transformed former Orlando Miracle knowing that, though they tied the Indiana Fever with an Eastern Conference-best 21-13 mark prior to the playoffs a year ago, there was one area that needed improvement if they are to advance to the next level: They had to get better on the road and they had to perform better in the fourth quarter, especially in close games.
The final roster for the 2012 U17 World Championship Team has been set with a mix of experience and first time players.
"It feels great; I’m really excited", said Kai James (William T Dwyer High School) who is one of five first time players on the squad. "It’s very surprising. It shows that all your work, your hard work in the gym, it pays off."
“You have to put that time and effort into it. I think that’s going to be huge for us.”
Commenting on teamwork in her squad, Diana Taurasi was in typical direct-and-honest form when she addressed the press on the Phoenix Mercury’s annual media day. With a retooled roster, her team is looking to do what every team in the WNBA wants to do – win.
We all envy 16- and 17-year-olds for how efficiently their bodies function. They eat everything, they sleep like proverbial logs, they recover from minor injuries almost instantaneously, and their bounceback time from a game is maybe an hour.
As I tell my high school players when they complain about wind sprints, “You’re in the prime of your life. You can complain when you get old.”
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Katie Douglas scored 21 points, Tamika
Catchings had 16 and the Indiana Fever cruised past the Atlanta Dream, 92-84,
on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Asjha Jones made the go-ahead basket with 31.4
seconds remaining, as the Connecticut Sun escaped Madison Square Garden with a
78-73 win over the New York Liberty in the season opener for both clubs.