Posts Tagged ‘ Renee Montgomery ’

To the point, Part 4 (Connecticut Sun)

May 26, 2011 9:37am
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Having spent the past two seasons out of the playoffs, the Connecticut Sun will look to return in 2011. Part of the reason why the Sun have their sights set on a return to the playoffs is due to the expected maturation of third-year PG Renee Montgomery. Montgomery, who is in her second season with the team, averaged 13.3ppg and 4.1apg as a second-year player, which would give the indication that she is a good young player. However, her decision-making ability has been questioned throughout her professional career (WNBA and overseas) and will likely continue to be questioned after last night’s subpar performance in an embarrassing 80-56 loss at home to the San Antonio Silver Stars. Still, preseason games are to be taken with a grain of salt, so there’s no need for Sun fans to panic just yet.  Unlike most young point guards, Montgomery is a leader with an impressive pedigree.  She’s a very good athlete at the point guard position and is equipped with a scoring mentality as well as a strong will to win.  One should count on Montgomery being the starting PG all season barring injuries.

That said, veteran Kara Lawson, who split time at the point last season with Montgomery, is a viable option at starting PG should Montgomery struggle as the main lead guard this season. Lawson won an Olympic gold medal in 2008 as the back-up PG to Seattle Storm star PG Sue Bird.

Taking the UConn Influence too Far?

May 17, 2011 11:56am
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9th-year Sun coach Mike Thibault hopes to return the Sun to the playoffs. One thing he is banking on is the continuity of the squad and their connection to the Connecticut fan base with their influx of UConn players.

“(Ex-Huskies player Renee) Montgomery believes having UConn players is vital to the Sun’s popularity. In many ways, the Sun is the only WNBA franchise where she would feel the same reverence from fans that she knew at UConn.”

Obviously there isn’t another women’s collegiate program to draw from in terms of players that know how to win and have succeeded on that level, but enough is enough. Fans want to embrace a winning team, and whether they knew them or supported them in college can only carry so much weight.

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