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Hawaii scoop

Former USC Coach Mark Trakh is in Hawaii for his second interview for the UH women’s basketball coaching job.

A shoe for the Q-angle?

I hope the claims of this shoe maker are true:

http://www.nfinity.com/basketball/footwear.aspx

First glimpse into Sparks training camp

Cooper maintained he didn’t have a set starting lineup, though he acknowledged the combination of Noelle Quinn, Betty Lennox, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie “is a very good lineup for us.” That unit often played together in Friday’s practice, but players at Wednesday’s media day said Cooper has fielded between five and seven different combinations.

And:

Cooper on Wisdom-Hylton: “Active rebounder, real good passer for a big, has that diversity that we like in our bigs in being able to play multiple positions. She showed she can move around to the 3. Five might be out of her realm, but against certain teams she may be able to play the 5 spot.”

Cooper on Paris: “Ashley is a better ball handler than expected. She’s another one that can move out and play multiple positions. I know in college she was mainly just a 4 most of the time. But here she’s probably going to have to put in a little work at the 3. So that’s always a good thing because again the more positions you can play, the more minutes you can spend out on the court.”

Link: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/05/michael-cooper-on-sparks-training-camp-were-ahead-of-everybody-.html

I have some scoop myself from a reliable source: Lennox has been on fire in practices; Bobbitt’s hard work in the off-season is showing up in quick cuts and very good court vision; everyone has been doing a lot of communicating on the court during scrimmages; and Noelle Quinn is making an excellent case for a starting spot.

I can’t believe they’re going to have to cut three from this roster. Anyway you go, it will be painful.

Hackney rumors confirmed

Kendall Hackney wants out of USC:

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090520/SPT0301/905210356/1062/SPT/Ms.+Basketball+Hackney+asks+for+release+from+USC

I wonder what USC is going to do.

And the second cuts in the WNBA are……..

Doneeka Hodges and Sherrill Baker from Indiana today:

http://www.wnba.com/transactions/WNBA_2009.html

Cuts have been very slow in coming this season so far. Either teams are taking their time in deciding, with the low 11-player cap, or they want to keep everyone they can for as long as they can.

Sidney Spencer ready to roll with the Liberty

Maria M. Cornelius does it again, this time with a nice feature on former Lady Vol Sidney Spencer, who will play her third WNBA season this summer with the New York Liberty:

http://tennessee.scout.com/2/866757.html

Spencer has both fans who say she hasn’t been given a chance, to detractors that say she’s slow. This will be the telling season for the forward.

WNBA pre-season already?

It has begun: New York defeats Washington and Seattle beats Sacramento.

Box scores:

http://www.wnba.com/games/20090521/WASNYL/boxscore.html

http://www.wnba.com/games/20090521/SACSEA/boxscore.html

Upcoming pre-season games:

http://www.wnba.com/schedules/

University of Hawaii coaching update

Looks like longtime assistant George Wolfe is interviewing for the head coaching job. Other names said to be in the mix are Colorado assistant Patrick Harrington, former Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini, and former USC coach Mark Trakh:

http://sports.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090521/SPORTS0205/905210353&template=UHSports

In the meantime, Hawaii fans are taking sides between the two media sources that have reported on this matter the last few days, posted in this blog:

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=219&f=1136&t=4345287&p=2

I suppose we won’t know what’s really going on for a while yet.

Looks like Mark Trakh won’t be going to Hawaii

Hawaiiwarriorbeat.com gets the inside dish on the UH’s two finalists for the women’s basketball coaching position, and former USC Coach Mark Trakh (rumored to be in contention for the position) isn’t among them:

http://sports.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090520/SPORTS0205/905200389/&template=uhsports&s=d&page=2#pluckcomments

Marissa Coleman speaks

Nice video of the Mystic’s rookie forward:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2009/05/20/VI2009052001996.html

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