Pick One Challenge Outlook: May 15

by Matthew Brennan, WNBA.com

May 14, 2007

May 14, 2007 - The 2007 WNBA season is set to kick off this Saturday, and so will the WNBA Pick One Challenge. This weekend's slate of games includes five games on Saturday and two on Sunday. The highlight of this weekend's matchups will come on Saturday when Sacramento visits Detroit in a rematch of last season's WNBA Finals. This game, which will feature my Pick One Challenge selection for Saturday, will air live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.

This will be a short week with only the weekend games, so let's get to the picks. Moving forward, I will be publishing my picks on Monday mornings so you can follow my advice (or completly ignore it) for the duration of the 2007 WNBA season. Remember, there are 71 days of WNBA games this season, so you will have to select 71 different WNBA players.

Saturday: Cheryl Ford, Detroit vs. Sacramento

Last time I caught Cheryl Ford in action (for the Shock, not Team USA), she was dominating the paint in the WNBA Finals against the Monarchs. In fact, Ford dominated the WNBA all year and was one of the best players in last season's Triple-Threat Challenge. Ford returned to the Shock from overseas earlier this week and got right down to business, pulling down 13 rebounds in 25 minutes in a preseason game against San Antonio.

WNBA.com Daily Expert Pick
Saturday, May 14

Cheryl Ford
Detroit vs. Sacramento
Sunday, May 15

Cathrine Kraayeveld
New York vs. Chicago
I feel that all of the ingredients are in place for a big game from Ford on Saturday. The Shock will receive their 2006 Championship rings and yet another banner will be raised to the rafters of the Palace at Auburn Hills, so Ford and her teammates should be fired up. In addition, Ford posted a double-double in the last two games of the 2006 Finals and in both regular season games against the Monarchs.

As mentioned above, the game will be on national television, so you really have no excuse to miss out on a rematch of last year's WNBA Finals and kick off another WNBA season. There will be four other games on the schedule, so if you disagree with me there are plenty of other players to choose.

Sunday: Cathrine Kraayeveld, New York vs. Chicago

Cathrine Kraayeveld emerged as a contributor for the Liberty in her second WNBA season, starting 13 games and averaging 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Her performance in Saturday's preseason game against the Comets caught my eye, as Kraayeveld went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Kraayeveld is 6-4 but can shoot from long-range, and the Chicago Sky were the WNBA's worst team at defending the three-pointer last season (opponents shot .373 on three-pointers against Chicago in 2006).

This will be the home opener for the Liberty, so you if you are in the New York area make your way to Madison Sqaure Garden at 4 p.m. ET. The only other game on the schedule is Sacramento at Minnesota, but I avoided this one because both teams will be playing the second half of back-to-back games.