Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sun waive Berglin, Alexis to make room for Whalen, Whitmore

To make room for veteran starters Lindsay Whalen and Tamika Whitmore, who'll make their first appearance tonight at the Sun's open practice at St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut waived guard Natalie Berglin and Meredith Alexis

Berglin was signed to a training camp contract on March 3 and had a combined four points in the team's two exhibition games. In both games and in the practice made open to the media, she often deferred over shooting. The 6-foot-4 Alexis was signed on Friday and played in Sunday's exhibition win over Phoenix, collecting eight points and four rebounds. They both seemed like the logical choices to be cut with Whalen, the team's starting point guard, and Whitmore, its most significant offseason acquisition and a power forward, coming into camp for the first time. At times in Monday's practice, coach Mike Thibault had Ketia Swanier running the point for one scrimmage team and second-round pick Jolene Anderson, naturally an off-guard, playing the one spot on the other.

The open practice, which also features an autograph session immediately afterward, runs from 6-8 p.m. at the West Hartford-based campus.

Update: No word on Kamesha Hairston, who was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. She has been dealing with pain in her right knee since last week. Trainers told her there's a possibility it could be a torn meniscus, though Thibault said he thinks it just may be irritation from the "wear and tear" of training camp. There may be more information tonight.

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