For those interested in following the Storm players offseason activities, but not interested in chasing the information down all over the web, the Storm website has your answer! Their Off the Record feature has updates on the play of 2005 players, Francesca Zara, Alicia Thompson, Suzie Batkovic, Natalia Vodopyanova, and Janelle Burse. JB it seems has been joined by 2004 Storm forward Sheri Sam on her Czech team.
As some may know, Lauren Jackson's microfracture injury may keep her out for the remainder of the WNBL season, which has led to the first season loss for Tully Bevilaqua, Carrie Graf and the Canberra Capitals. In Round 4 action the Capitals took the court twice without the world's best woman player. They held on for a 78-67 victory against the Perth Lynx. Tully had a solid game with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. The Capitals were led by the scoring of Jennie Whittle (22), Eleanor Sharp (14) and Kellie Abrams (14). The Lynx were led by the 25 points of Deanna Smith. When the Capitals faced the Sydney University Flames, however, they saw their first taste what another season of league play without LJ may mean. They fell 92-68 to the Flames with Tully adding 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. They were led again by the scoring of Jennie Whittle (17) and Kellie Abrams (14), with Angela Marino adding 14 points of her own. Trisha Falon (22) and Michelle Musselwhite (19) led the scoring scoring charge for the Flames. The Flames took advantage of the Capitals lack of an inside presence, dominating the boards at both ends of the floor and outrebounding the Capitals 65-39. The Flames offense seemed much more in synch as well as they doubled up on the Capitals in the assists category, 26-13 which allowed them to overcome their 17 turnovers. Their scoring may be helped by the short term addition of Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard next round, but she will do little to help them on the boards. Someone besides Jenny Whittle is going to have to step up in the rebounding department if they want to salvage their season.