(6th in West)
(11th overall, 6th in West)
2211 (3rd overall, 2nd
-1.0 (8th overall, 6th in West)
Winners & Honorees
Tina Thompson, First Team
2004 Draft Recap
2 - 26, Lindsay Taylor
Rd. 3 - 37, Stacy Stephens
out of eight years
2003, lost in first round
What Went Right?
Even after eight seasons playing together, star forwards Tina Thompson
and Sheryl Swoopes
are still at the top of their game. They were relied on to
carry the team all by themselves, yet were still outstanding. Both missed some
time with injuries, but Thompson's 20.0 ppg was still good enough for second best
in the WNBA. Thompson continues to improve all aspects of her game, including
shooting 40.7% from 3-point range, and played like an MVP candidate all season.
Swoopes also had a fine season, scoring 14.8 ppg, though her offensive production
has diminished the past few seasons. Yet, the starting frontcourt accounted for
nearly two-thirds of the Comets scoring. Center Michelle Snowhad another solid
season, averaging 8.9 ppg and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game, but because
of her size and strength, more is still expected out of her.
The Comets missed the playoffs for the first time
in team history despite two of the best players in the world suiting up in the
frontcourt. Why? Because the Comets lacked the same star power or reliability
in the backcourt in 2004. The two primary differences in the Comets team that
won four WNBA titles in the first four seasons in league history and the team
that only won 13 in 2004 were the lack of a dependable guard and the presence
of a third (and fourth) scoring option.
Coach Van Chancellor went with a rotating
guard platoon of Sheila Lambert, Kedra Holland-Corn, Felicia Ragland and Dominique Canty. Janeth Arcain took a year off for the Olympics, but will be back in Houston
this season. Even though she is 36, she still should have some drive left in her
And as great an honor as it is to play for and win Olympic gold, having
three key members of that team (including Chancellor) likely took its toll on
the Comets. Fatigue likely set in, as did the key injuries. Thompson missed eight
games and played in a career-low 26 games. When she was in the lineup, she could
rarely afford to rest and ranked first in the WNBA in minutes per game (36.8).
2004 Starting Lineup
G- Sheila Lambert
F- Sheryl Swoopes
F- Tina Thompson
C- Michele Snow
Ahead To 2005:
Who will be the Comets' starting point guard? Can Janeth Arcain return
to her pre-2003 form or will it be one of last year's players? Will Chancellor
have enough depth so that the aging Arcain, Thompson and Swoopes can get some
time to rest throughout the season? Without them at times in the lineup last year,
the team struggled to put points on the board.
What will be the impact of free
agent center Tari Phillips, who signed with Houston after missing almost all of
last season with the Liberty with a hand injury? Will she recover well enough
to re-gain her former All-Star form? Or will last year's starting center Michell
Snow fight off Phillips and keep hold of the starting job? Will Snow be the second
player to dunk in a WNBA game? She has already thrown down in Europe this offseason
and is itching to assert herself in the WNBA. Stay tuned...