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After a grueling week of training camp, two-a-day practices and sessions with the local media, the preseason is the last chance for WNBA rookies and training camp invitees to make a roster and for the veterans to fine-tune their skills and get back into game shape. One of the most anticipated aspects of this preseason will be the debut of the WNBA's new rules set to be implemented this season. They include a four-quarter format, a 24-second shot clock and adjusting jump balls to begin second, third and fourth quarters. The format of WNBA games will be changed to four 10-minute quarters instead of the previous two 20-minute halves.
Griffith and the Sacramento Monarchs will face off against the Connecticut Sun.|
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Many of the players who have yet to return from their offseason leagues begin arriving this week, and while they will have missed training camp, they are already in top playing shape having been at it all winter. Missing at the start of training camp are Seattle's Sue Bird, Mercury players Diana Taurasi and Kamila Vodichkova and Sparks center Lisa Leslie. They will be back before the end of the preseason and in time for Opening Day.
Several teams will play one another in closed scrimmages, but the WNBA preseason tips off on Wednesday, May 3 as Dawn Staley and the Houston Comets host Staley's former team, the Charlotte Sting, at 8:30 p.m. CT at the Toyota Center. It will be the first time Staley has ever played against the Sting.
The defending champion Sacramento Monarchs kick off their preseason at home with Becky Hammon and the new-look New York Liberty on Thursday, May 4. The Monarchs will return the favor and visit the Big Apple on Saturday, May 13 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m. ET. The Lynx will debut its top overall pick, Seimone Augustus, against the Seattle Storm on the same day, Saturday, May 13, at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 13. Speaking of debuts, the WNBA's newest franchise, the Chicago Sky, will play their first game ever at the UIC Pavilion against Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday, May 9 at 8 p.m. local time.
Also highlighting the preseason schedule is a rematch of last years championship finalists, as Yolanda Griffith and the Sacramento Monarchs take on Nykesha Sales and the Connecticut Sun on the University of New Mexico campus on Tuesday, May 9 in Albuquerque. In other key games All-Star guard Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury take on the Shock at Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. on Thursday, May 11; newly acquired Nikki Teasley and the Washington Mystics will take on the San Antonio Silver Stars and recently acquired nine-year veteran Vickie Johnson at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. on Saturday, May 6.
The WNBA’s 10th anniversary season tips off on Saturday, May 20 and will include ABC’s national telecast from Sacramento where the Monarchs will commemorate their 2005 WNBA title by raising their championship banner. The Monarchs will then square off against the Phoenix Mercury at ARCO Arena beginning at 4 p.m. EDT. Opening day also includes the inaugural game of the league’s 14th franchise, the Chicago Sky, as it visits the Charlotte Sting.
The full preseason schedule is as follows:
2006 WNBA PRESEASON SCHEDULE
|Date||Visiting Team||Home Team||Local Time||Location|
|Wed. May 3||Charlotte||at Houston||7:30 PM||Toyota Center|
|Thu. May 4||New York||at Sacramento||7:00 PM||Arco Arena|
|Sat. May 6||Indiana||at Charlotte||6:00 PM||Charlotte Bobcats Arena|
|Sat. May 6||Washington||at San Antonio||7:00 PM||Charles Koch Arena - Wichita, KS|
|Sun. May 7||New York||at Seattle||6:00 PM||Key Arena|
|Sun. May 7||Detroit||at Connecticut||4:00 PM||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|Tues. May 9||San Antonio||at Charlotte||7:00 PM||Charlotte Bobcats Arena|
|Tues. May 9||Los Angeles||at Chicago||7:00 PM||UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL|
|Tues. May 9||Connecticut||at Sacramento||7:00 PM||The Pit - Albuquerque, NM|
|Thurs. May 11||Los Angeles||at Indiana||12:00 PM||Conseco Fieldhouse|
|Thurs. May 11||Phoenix||at Detroit||7:00 PM||Pepsi Arena - Albany, NY|
|Fri. May 12||Charlotte||at San Antonio||7:00 PM||AT&T Center|
|Fri. May 12||Seattle||at Chicago||7:30 PM||UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL|
|Sat. May 13||Houston||at Washington||7:30 PM||Verizon Center - Washington, DC|
|Sat. May 13||Seattle||at Minnesota||7:00 PM||Sports Pavilion - Minneapolis, MN|
|Sat. May 13||Sacramento||at New York||4:00 PM||Madison Square Garden|
|Sat. May 13||Connecticut||at Phoenix||7:00 PM||US Airways Center|
|Tues. May 16||Detroit||at Houston||7:30 PM||Toyota Center|