Sunday, June 6, 2010

Shorthanded Stars

Hello from Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun and Silver Stars tip off here at 1 p.m., though San Antonio will do so without several major components. Becky Hammon is out with a strained quad, and head coach Sandy Brondello is on maternity leave. Her husband and associate head coach Olaf Lange is handling her duties.

As a result, San Antonio features a starting backcourt of Roneeka Hodges and Edwige Lawson-Wade. Expect them to lean heavily on their frontcourt. Chamique Holdsclaw is averaging 13.8 points in the four games since being picked up on waivers, and Sophia Young is scoring a team-high 14.8. Michelle Snow, meanwhile, is averaging 9.0 points and 7.5 rebounds.

On the completely different side of that coin, the Sun have their entire roster for the first time this season. Sandrine Gruda isn't starting, but the 6-foot-4 center will dress and come off the bench. Sun coach Mike Thibault is going with the same starting five as last game in Renee Montgomery, Kara Lawson, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota, Asjha Jones and Tina Charles.

With their complete frontcourt, the Sun should have an advantage on the boards. San Antonio is grabbing only 31.2 rebounds per game (compared to 36.3 by their opponents) and surprisingly, Young is averaging just 3.8 total rebounds and 0.5 on the offensive end. She's averaged 6.3 rebounds over her career.

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