Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sun-Comets starters and notes

Here are today’s starting lineups:

Connecticut Sun (11-11)
Forward – Asjha Jones
Forward – Evina Maltsi
Center – Margo Dydek
Guard – Lindsay Whalen
Guard – Katie Douglas

Houston Comets (7-15)
Forward – Sancho Lyttle
Forward – Tina Thompson
Center – Michelle Snow
Guard – Hamchetou Maiga-Ba
Guard – Crystal Smith

Watch out for Tamecka Dixon coming off the bench for Houston. The 10-year veteran signed with the Comets on July 2 and is averaging 11.5 points per game. She scored 20 in the Comets’ win over New York on Friday.

Also, expect a good night for Maltsi, who in three starts this season is averaging 13.3 points and four rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Her career high 23-point performance came in her last start on July 7 in L.A., a game in which she hit on 9-of-13 shots, including 5-of-5 from 3-point range.

It's interesting that the Sun have Maltsi listed as a forward, when in past starts she's played guard with Douglas moving to the frontcourt. But in the end, it doesn't make too much of a difference -- man-to-man match-ups aren't confined by positions. Last game, Douglas guarded Sue Bird at times, while at others, she had the assignment of Iziane Castro Marques.

One final note: UConn grad Barbara Turner makes her return to Connecticut today. Turner, who was signed in early June by the Comets, has been dealing with a severely bruised hip she suffered earlier this season, and has seen only 23 minutes of action in six July games.

As usual check the home page of for updates at halftime (around 5 p.m.) and following the game.

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