(T-2nd in East)
2217 (14th overall, 7th in East)
2195 (2nd overall, 1st in East)
+0.6 (6th overall, 2nd in East)
100.9 (3rd Overall, 2nd in East)
100.4 (12th overall, 5th in East)
Possessions per 40 min.
64.2 (14th overall, 7th in East)
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Award Winners & Honorees
2003 Draft Recap
Rd. 1 – 9, Jocelyn Penn
Rd. 2 – 23, Dana Cherry
Six out of seven years
2003, lost in first round
2003 In Review:
What Went Right?
First year head coach Trudi Lacey passed her first test as the Charlotte Sting won 18 games for the third straight season finishing in a tie for second place in the East behind the Detroit Shock and making the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons. Only the Houston Comets have more years if postseason experience than the Sting.
Undrafted rookie Teana McKiver proved to be an effective back-up to Tammy Sutton-Brown, knocking down 52.6 percent of her field goal attempts, and ranked eighth in the WNBA in rebounds per 40 minutes (10.7).
enjoyed one of her most efficient seasons posting the highest field-goal percentage of her five-year career, and reducing her turnovers per game to a career-low 2.29.
Allison Feaster improved her scoring average for a WNBA record fifth straight season, becoming the first player not named Andrea Stinson to lead the Sting in scoring.
What Went Wrong?
Sutton-Brown followed up an All-Star season in 2002 with a season she’d like to forget. Her field goal percentage plummeted 110 points from 53.1 to 42.1 – the seventh largest drop ever by a player who played at least 500 minutes in each season.
The Sting bowed out of the playoffs in the first round for the second straight season despite being the higher seed on both occasions. Sutton-Brown averaged just 2.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 32 minutes of total action in the two games vs. Connecticut. The Sting's defense allowed the Sun to connect on 49.5 percent of its field goal attempts, and only forced nine turnovers per game.
The Sting’s defense was one of the least efficient in the league last season ranking 12th in overall defensive efficiency (100.4), eighth in opponent field goal percentage (43.1) and last in defensive rebound percentage (62.0).
|2003 Starting Line-up|
|Key 2003 Reserves|
|F||Mery Andrade (DD)|
|F/C||Olympia Scott-Richardson (FA)|
Looking Ahead To 2004:
Can Sutton-Brown bounce back to her All-Star form of 2002? Although her field goal percentage dropped considerably last season, history suggests that she will bounce back to at least her 2001 form. Charlotte was fortunate that McKiver played as well as she did as a back-up last season, but also signed Olympia Scott-Richardson away from Indiana as a restricted free agent in the offseason to help shore up the middle.
Charlotte’s two most recent “point guards of the future” now reside in Detroit (Sheila Lambert) and Indiana (Kelly Miller). Since Miller was also the Sting’s primary two-guard off the bench, Charlotte’s bench depth on the perimeter comes to the forefront. Stinson (36) and Staley (34) are probably both tired of having their ages typed so close to their names, but mother time catches up to everybody eventually, and if Charlotte can rest them throughout the season, they should be able to save their best for the playoff run, but developing that bench depth has to be a concern.
Can Charlotte improve its team defense? Over the past four seasons, the Charlotte Sting has had the league’s worst overall defense, ranking 16th, 7th, 13th and 12th over that time span. Thankfully for Sting faithful, the team’s offense is the second best over those same four seasons.