Sunday, May 21, 2006

Random Thoughts

I’m taking in the Seattle Storm-Los Angeles Sparks game on NBA TV tonight — in between updates from the Mets and NHL playoffs — and it’s odd to see Barbara Turner in different colors.
I thought the same thing when watching Ann Strother and Phoenix during the preseason. I guess it takes some getting used to after watching these players in UConn colors.
Speaking of UConn, it appears the New York Liberty are going to rely heavily on Huskies products Kelly Schumacher and Ashley Battle. Both played better than 28 minutes in a season-opening loss to the Sun on Saturday.
The pair already has a good rapport after being college teammates in 2000-01 when Schumacher was a senior in Storrs and Battle a first-year player redshirting.
“We have the same kind of mentality coming from UConn and learning from Geno (Auriemma) and the whole organization there,” Schumacher said before Saturday’s tip of she and Battle. “There are certain things that we do automatic that maybe other players don’t. It’s nice to know I’ve got her and if I see her she’s going to read me.”
Schumacher came to the Big Apple after an offseason sign-and-trade following four years with Indiana. Battle signed as a free agent after appearing in just two games with Seattle last season as a rookie before getting cut.


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