Hoops 101: Maura McHugh
Coach McHugh recently answered your questions about new Monarchs rookie Hamchetou Maiga, the Fire/Sparks trade involving Ukari Figgs and Nikki Teasley, her favorite place to shop, and more!
I am the biggest ODU fan. I was wondering why did you pick
Hamchetou Maiga? Ticha and her are going to do so well together. Good
Rebecca, Virginia Beach, VA
Hey coach, what did you think of the Figgs/Teasley trade? Given the fact that the
Sparks are probably your biggest rivals, how do you see this deal
affecting your chances against them? Figgs was obviously a major part of
their team last year. Do you think Teasley's talent can make up for her
inexperience? How badly will they miss Ukari this season?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of having a good
inside/outside type of team? Why do you run the three-guard offense? What
is your weakest point on defense?
Toby, Lueders, TX
We are all eagerly awaiting the first preseason game to see the 2002 Monarchs in action. Are there any plans to replace Jim Les, who has gone back to Bradley to coach? And when do you expect the European players to get to camp? Thanks!
HoopMatron, Sacramento, CA
Coach McHugh: Jim Les is now the men' s head coach at Bradley University. He did an outstanding job for the Monarchs and brought a great deal of experience and expertise to the team. Although we will miss him, we are excited that he got the opportunity to be a head coach and are confident that he will be a huge success.
Monique Ambers will join the Monarchs staff in place of Jim. Monique is one of my former players at Arizona State. She has college coaching experience at George Washington University and has played professionally in both the WNBA and in Europe. She will be a wonderful addition to our staff.
"I think our team defense can win games in the WNBA and consequently have made defense a point of emphasis at training camp."
-- Maura McHugh
The Monarchs has always been an offensive minded team like the Kings. Are you planning to change that philosohy? Also, who will you replace Edna in the starting lineup?
Gigo, Sacramento, CA
Coach McHugh: After taking over as head coach last year, I felt that our defense had to improve in order to make the playoffs. I think our team defense can win games in the WNBA and consequently have made defense a point of emphasis at training camp. That being said, you have to score points to win games and therefore, a good portion of time is being devoted to offense as well.
Maura, Welcome back for your full season as head coach. As
one of the best dressed coaches in the league, we look forward to seeing
some new fashion statements from you this season. In your opinion,
which WNBA city has the best places for your clothes shopping?? Best of
luck to our team!!! Monarchs Rock!!!
nancgo, Sacramento, CA
Coach McHugh: The best place to shop in the WNBA is "The Big Apple." Unfortunately, the Monarchs do not go to New York this season. However, I was definitely born with the shopping gene and am sure that I con do a little damage in any of the WNBA cities.