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The Silver Stars look to bounce back at home against the Seattle Storm

July 14, 2011 9:01am
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San Antonio started the season better than anyone could have imagined. They were getting quality minutes from their bench and rookies, as well as stars Becky Hammon and Sopia Young leading the way. Suddenly after a 7-1 start, the Silver Stars are looking at a 3 game slide.

Terrence Thomas’ article shares some insight into the current psyche of the Silver Stars players. “It’s not the end of the world,” said Silver Stars guard Jia Perkins. “We still have a lot of basketball to play. We’ve just got to bounce back. (Today) we’ll worry about Seattle, so we don’t have much time to fix anything, but we have to come into practice determined and just go to work.”

Meanwhile the Storm have been great at home but still will have to overcome their struggles on the road, playing without Lauren Jackson for possibly the rest of the season.

Nate Parham explains how the Storm held the Mystics without a single 2nd-chance point in Tuesday’s game. This article gives some insight on why this Storm team might be turning the corner.  ”The Storm showed the type of consistent intensity on the glass that helped hold the league’s best offensive rebounding team to no second-chance points. That alone could be considered a sign that this team is slowly hitting their stride after a slow start.”

The Los Angeles Sparks make the 2nd coaching change of the season

July 11, 2011 9:07am
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Sparks Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler announced Sunday that assistant coach Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, father of Lakers NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, will replace Jennifer Gillom as the coach of the Sparks. This is the 2nd coaching change this season as Tulsa replaced Nolan Richardson just days earlier.

“This was a very difficult decision, but I felt it was necessary to take the team in a different direction at this point in the season. Joe’s familiarity with the Sparks organization puts us in the best possible position to compete going forward, and should make for a seamless transition,” Toler said.

The Sparks started the season 4-1 before heading to San Antonio, where they fell in overtime after leading almost the entire game. They continued on their road trip to New York where Candace Parker got hurt in a 77-67 loss. Those two games have been part of the Sparks current 5 game losing streak.

“We respect Jennifer’s commitment to the Sparks and understand she has faced adversity with player injuries during her tenure.  That being said, with a short season and playing in the competitive Western Conference, winning games early in the year is critical and the Sparks’ goal remains to contend for a WNBA Championship.”

During their last 5 games the Sparks have lost by an average of 12 points per game and have surrendered almost 1.1 points per possession on defense, the worst of any team in the league over their last 5 games. Los Angeles heads to San Antonio where they fittingly started their 5 game slide with a new coach at the helm in Joe Bryant.

WNBA Friday: Links to get you ready for tonight’s game

July 8, 2011 3:03pm
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NEW YORK at SAN ANTONIO

The New York Liberty travel to San Antonio, to take on the Silver Stars in a re-match of New York’s 81-75 victory one week ago. This game will be shown on NBA TV.

Tracey Jucey, of Sports Page Magazine, talks about Essence Carson who has come into her own this season. “Carson is on pace for a breakout season as the Liberty’s most consistent player so far in 2011. Averaging only 3.6 points per game in 2010, her offensive production has more than quadrupled with 14.4 points per game to date.”

One of the many reason for the success of the Silver Stars this season has been the play of their bench. Carolyn Peck, at ESPN W, talks about some of the players who have contributed to San Antonio great start, including rookie Danielle Adams. “After following Adams in the NCAA tournament and watching her lead Texas A&M to a national championship, I have to admit she is a new face who has dramatically captured my attention.”

 

PHOENIX at TULSA

In the other match-up of the night, two teams heading opposite directions will meet for the 1st of their two games in 3 nights, as the Mercury travel to Tulsa to take on the Shock. This game can be seen on Live Access.

Odeen Domingo, of the Arizona Republic, discusses how the Mercury have turned it around after a slow start to the season. Diana Taurasi on the slow start: ”I think in the last few weeks, everyone settled in a little bit, felt a little more comfortable on the court, and knew what we needed from each other to get some wins. Now we just have to continue to work hard and see where it takes us.”

Meanwhile, Tulsa is hoping to turn things around tonight, and one key to a victory is the continued emergence of center Liz Cambage. Jessica Lantz from Swish Appeal talks about the Australian center who ranks in the league’s Top 20 in 24 statistical categories, but has struggled to find her shooting touch. “While her ability to make the bunnies might be a statistical category with room to grow, keep in mind that Cambage is 19 years old. 19. What were you doing when you were 19? Save a very limited few NBA ballers like LeBron James, this is a situation like none other particularly in the women’s game.”

Part 2: Thoughts and stats through the first two weeks of the WNBA season

June 23, 2011 11:59am
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PART 2 of 2

Part 2 of our quick takes and looks at some of the underlying stats for each team in the league.

 

New York: Between learning a new scheme under new head coach John Whisenant, and having Pondexter handle more of the point guard duties, the Liberty have gotten off to a slow start.  Don’t be surprised to see this white-line defense turn a corner, as Whiz’s Monarch teams were consistently among the league’s best defensively.

Did you know: New York has yet to keep an opponent under 100 efficiency for a single game. The Sparks scored over 1.18 points/possession in their latest outing.

 

Phoenix: With a healthy and rested Diana Taurasi, the Mercury looked to be a team that would run out of the gate to start the season. Combined with a difficult schedule and poor defending the Mercury lost their first 3 games, but have since gained some momentum with two straight wins.

Did you know: Not that it is anything new with the Mercury, but they they are the only team to score and allow more than 1.06 points/possession. With coach Gaines, a Westhead disciple, don’t except to see Phoenix stop flying up and down the court anytime soon.

 

San Antonio: With coach Hughes back on the sideline, and the emergence of rookie Danielle Adams, the Silver Stars are one of the early season surprises. They were the league’s only undefeated team before Tuesday, as they fell in their rematch with Phoenix, playing without star Sophia Young.

Did you know: The Silver Stars lead the league in offensive efficiency and are the only team to top 100 offensive efficiency in every game this season.

 

Seattle: With essentially the same team back from their 2010 championship season and the addition of Katie Smith, the Storm were expected to start right where they left off. Instead, the defending champs have started slow in part to Lauren Jackson, who is not 100% healthy. Despite injuries, they still stand at 3-2 and welcome Minnesota to the Key Arena for a 2nd time this season.

Did you know: Seattle has recorded the single worst offensive output in a game this season, where they scored only 50 points in approximatively 75 possessions in a loss to Los Angeles on June 19th.

 

Tulsa: After suffering two blowout losses at the hands of the Silver Stars, the Shock have since been more competitive although have only one win to show for it. 2nd overall pick, Liz Cambage has given Tulsa an inside presence, but they have suffered from lack of depth at the guard position after losing Amber Holt for an extended period of time.

Did you know: After Thursday’s game at home against New York, the Shock will have been the first team to play 8 games, with the latest three games played at home.

 

Washington: No team might have experienced more turnover during the offseason than the Mystics. They lost Smith, Harding, and then Currie to injury (and Beard has yet to play this season). They brought in Anosike and a new coach in Lacey Trudi. One constant from last season has been the continued great play of Langehorne. One constant from this season has been atrocious defense.

Did you know: The Mystics have the lowest scoring bench in the league at 12 pts per game. That is more than 9 pts below the league average.


Our chat with SilverStarsNation.com owners STL and HotForHammon

June 8, 2011 4:34pm
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If you are a WNBA fan and specifically a San Antonio Silver Stars fan, than you are familiar with the great work done by SilverStarsNation.com. We had the opportunity to chat with SilverStarsNation’s two owners HotForHammon (HFH) and STL (STLnTDOT) as they shared their thoughts about the upcoming season.

SilverStarsNation.com was originally created to give Silver Stars fans and Becky Hammon fans a place to communicate online. The site has since evolved into a full-blown forum where SilverStarsNation now have live chats during SASS games, an active message board, and interviews with Silver Stars players, coaches, and staff.

The Silver Stars started the season with a convincing 93-73 win over the Tulsa Shock in San Antonio’s home opener Saturday. These two teams meet again this Friday as the Silver Stars travel to Tulsa.

What do you think Dan Hughes learned from watching his team for a year and what would you expect he does differently this time around?

HFH – I think he realized they needed to get some youth and more athletic players. I also think he realized they didn’t have an identity last season. I can already see he is working to re-establish the identity of the team just by the camp coverage. As to what he will do differently, he will have to rely on some of the younger players to play significant minutes.

STL – I think Dan won’t be as passive. Last year’s team was passive and looked lost at times. There was no leadership from coaching, and it seemed like players were coaching each other on the floor instead of looking to their coaches. I also think he realized he had to bring in some younger players.

 

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Eastern Conference preseason update

May 28, 2011 7:18am
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Last night, two Eastern Conference teams were involved in preseason action (Connecticut v. San Antonio from Wilkes-Barre, PA and New York Liberty v. Chinese National Team from Albany, NY), with both coming away with wins. The Sun defeated the Silver Stars this time while the Liberty downed China, 79-65. Both teams have completed preseason play, and Connecticut has only one cut to make to get its roster down to the 11-player limit (New York has 16 with the recent acquisition of Quanitra Hollingsworth).

Good Insight from Two Training Camp Journals

May 20, 2011 3:00pm
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With training camps in full swing, WNBA teams are trying to narrow down their rosters in anticipation for the start of the regular season. Here are two training camp journals that provide some very interesting first-hand insight into the what goes on in a preseason WNBA training camp.

Minnesota Lynx Training Camp: Taj McWilliams-Franklin of the Minnesota Lynx writes about her training camp experiences on Facebook at The Taj 11 Fan Page. She has named her blog ”Training for a Title: The journey of the Minnesota Lynx”

San Antonio Silver Stars Training Camp: Alysha Clark, who was released by the Silver Stars last season, is back in camp trying to make the team this season. She is writing about her training camp experiences at Swish Appeal. Here is her latest entry from Friday, May 20th.

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