The Los Angeles Sparks will cut injured point guard Sharnee' Zoll and sign Coco Miller in her stead, a source inside the organization, who asked not to be named, informed Full Court Sunday evening.
Miller, an 11-year veteran of the league, was waived by the Atlanta in May after playing for the Dream for the past three seasons and helping the team to back-to-back Eastern Conference championships. She is expected to be in a Sparks (or should we say Farmers) uniform by L.A.'s next game, at home against the Phoenix Mercury this Friday, June 8.
The Indiana Fever return the core of their starting lineup and look to be playoff bound in 2012.
That's stating the obvious, since the Fever have made the post-season for the past seven years and are annually one of the best teams in the East. They own the longest string of playoff appearances in the Eastern Conference, second in the WNBA only to the Seattle Storm with eight.
Illinois wing Alexis Burke, a junior, has transferred to Rutgers, head coach C. Vivian Stringer announced Thursday.
The 5-11 Burke, the 2010 Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year, was ranked among the top 50 high school recruits in the country, and among the top 15 at her small forward position, when she was signed by former Illini head coach Jolette Law in 2008 out of Bainbridge High School, Bainbridge, Ga. , in 2009. in addition to leading her high school team to a 25-4 record in her senior season, Burke helped her club team, Essence, to the Nike National championship in 2008.
In 2011 their 27-7 record was the best in the league and they won the championship after going 7-1 in the playoffs. The 2012 team returns 96.1% of their points, 93.6% of the rebounds, 95.1% of the assists and 93.9% of the minutes of that championship team.
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Three of their five starters are members of the 12 player US Olympic Team. A fourth starter was among the final 9 players cut and their sixth player was invited to the initial tryouts.
LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Sparks fans, be sure to pick up a program as you make your way through the turnstiles at the Staples Center. A radically reshaped roster is what management hopes will reverse the downward spiral they have endured over the three-year span since the retirement of marquee player -- and current co-owner -- Lisa Leslie.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- There had been a lot of optimism about the New York Liberty with training camp under way and it came from coach John Whisenant as well as several scribes authoring preseason forecasts about the WNBA season.
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.
When the WNBA made the Chicago Sky the first independently owned franchise in the league, they hoped that the Sky could tap into the potentially lucrative Chicago market. For the team’s first six seasons that did not happen. While the talent on the team improved, the squad failed to make the playoffs in every season. In their seventh season, 2012, that may well change. In fact, barring significant injury, it should change.
The 2012 edition of the Seattle Storm is almost as much a study of who is not in the locker room as who is.
Most critically, Lauren Jackson, the Australian post who has been one of the team’s two signature players since she was drafted first overall by the Storm in 2001, will miss the first part of the season while training with the Australian National Team for a run at a gold medal in this summer’s Olympic Games in London.