Monday, June 30, 2008

Asjha Jones, Diana Taurasi named P.O.W.

Asjha Jones and Diana Taurasi were named the WNBA's Players of the Week on Monday. Jones, who leads the Sun in scoring, averaged 20.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in four games last week while Taurasi — being honored for the second straight week and third time this season — averaged 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists in three games last week, all Phoenix wins. She also netted 25 in an 87-80 win over the Sun on Sunday.

As for the Sun, they had their first full practice in exactly a week Monday, and willl try to avoid consecutive losses for the first time this season when they host Houston on Tuesday. It looks doubtful that Tina Thompson (fractured finger) will play, though check back here for a definitive update late tonight. The Sun have won the last six meetings with Houston and haven't lost at home to the Comets since 2004. The two teams had a great game at Mohegan last year, an 81-79 Connecticut win, where Asjha Jones scored the game-winning lay-up in the waning seconds to lift the Sun.

Other quick hits: Barbara Turner will play against the team that traded her this past offseason for the second time this year (the two teams met in the preseason) and the first time in a game that counts. She is expected to start after coming off the bench Sunday against Phoenix. Turner still remains in close contact with Thompson, whom she counts as a best friend, as well as John Lucas, the former NBA coach she trained with over the summer and who still lives in Houston. ... Tamecka Dixon also remains a question mark for tonight's game. The Houston guard hasn't played since june 16 with what has been called personal issues. Despite missing both her and Thompson, who played with the broken finger in a win over San Antonio, Houston has won its last four and six of its last seven after starting the season 1-7.

Update: Thompson looks doubtful for tonight. Houston coach Karleen Thompson called her "day-to-day" but if the Olympian doesn't play, it will mark the third game that she' missed.

"It's broken, and this is the first time I've broken a finger," Tina Thompson said. "It's pretty painful. There's a lot of swelling and that's what's causing the most pain and irritation, so when that subsides, I can put some protective stuff on it. But as this point, it's so big, I can't put anything on it."

She actually played nearly a full game with the injury after breaking it during the first quarter against San Antonio on June 24. She went on to score 16 points in 30 minutes that night.

"I was psycho right there," she said, laughing. "I think it was a combination of being a little (ticked) off, a little adrenaline and we wanted to win the game."

Tamecka Dixon, however, appears she will play. She missed time originally for personal reasons, but has sat out lately with what Karleen Thompson called a sore Achilles' tendon.

"We're looking at her to play (Tuesday)," the coach said. "She'll play probably. This is her first practice back, full practice actually. She just had a sore Achilles' . That thing is kind of irritating. One minute it feels good, and the next two minutes, it doesn't. It's an ugly thing. You just need to rest it."

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