Women's Hoops Blog

Inane commentary on a game that deserves far better

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

In WNBA action tonight, Houston faces the Sun in Uncasville. Whalen's performance on Saturday was forgettable, and she has a chance to redeem herself. The Sun are going through an adjustment period, as five rookies are on the team. However, Nykesha Sales, Katie Douglas, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, and Wendy Palmer are all veterans...and they need to be on the same page offensively and defensively. If they cannot be, then it is time for a trade (Katie Douglas being the most likely to go) to rebuild for next year (the Sun most certainly will be a part of the Seimone Augustus sweepstakes, should the LSU rising junior graduate early, as is anticipated). Adding Augustus and another first round pick (via a trade for Douglas) such as Rutgers' Cappie Pondexter, TCU's Sandora Irvin, or Minnesota's Janel McCarville would help a great deal. For Houston, Michelle Snow is back, giving Houston a much more athletic presence in the middle than Tiffani Johnson. Hopefully, Snow can take some of the scoring load off of Tina Thompson and Sheryl Swoopes. Then again, Van Chancellor does not frequently run plays for his post players in the post, so Snow better be prepared to rebound the misses by the Houston backcourt. Gordana Grubin is sorely needed, as Felicia Ragland is not capable of running the offense and Kedra Holland-Corn is better suited to the two.

In the other game, Los Angeles tries to atone for the shellacking Seattle gave the Sparks when the team travels to Washington to take on the Mystics. Alana Beard going up against Mwadi Mabika? An exciting matchup! Chasity Melvin needs to step up her offensive production and defensive intensity for the Mystics to have a chance. And yet another look at DeLisha Milton and her non-surgical ACL treatment (the cheese!)...