(5th in East)
(13th overall, 6th in East)
2168 (1st overall, 1st
-2.2 (12th overall, 6th in East)
Winners & Honorees
2004 Draft Recap
Rd. 1 - 3, Nicole Powell
Rd. 2 - 18,
Rd. 2 - 22, Jenni Benningfield
Rd. 3 - 35, Jia Perkins
Six out of eight years
in first round
What Went Right?
Defense. The Sting gave up
the fewest points in the league in 2004, allowing only 2168 total points. But
if defense does win championships, how come the Sting failed to make the playoffs?
Yet, they only won two fewer games than they had in their previous three seasons,
and had they not lost their last three games, they would have been in the postseason
Over the course of the season, Allison
led the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game, but no other Sting
player managed to average in double figures. For her efforts, Feaster was named
to the WNBA All-Star team that competed against the U.S. Olympians in Radio City.
Sutton-Brown was able to bounce back from a disappointing 2003 season and
posted a career-high in rebounds (6.2 rpg). However, she has yet to match the
11.6 ppg she averaged as an All-Star in 2002. Meanwhile, Charlotte
Smith-Taylor scored a career-high 8.2 ppg and started every game for the Sting.
What Went Wrong?
Offense. Scoring. Points. In order to get back to the playoffs, the Sting need
to find a way to score more than 61.5 points per game, which was last among the
13 teams. Just two seasons removed from representing the East in the WNBA Finals,
the Sting fell into trouble when they relied too much on their perimeter game.
Starting two-guard Andrea Stinson's
production diminished from 11.2 ppg in 2003 to only 6.0 ppg in 2004.
Powell and Kelly Mazzante
were highly-touted rookies, but neither really had a chance to show all of their
skills while fighting for time in the crowded backcourt. Powell is now gone and
Sheri Sam and Tangela
Smith have been brought in in what has been a very busy offseason for the
The Sting were also the league's oldest team in 2004. Dawn
Staley still led the show at the point, but she is not getting any younger.
Every attempt to develop a backup or eventual successor has proven unsuccessful.
Staley is 35, Stinson is is 36 and even Smith-Taylor is 32.
2004 Starting Lineup
G- Dawn Staley
G- Andrea Stinson
F- Tammy Sutton-Brown
C- Charlotte Smith-Taylor
Key 2004 Reserves
Olympia Scott Richardson
Ahead To 2005:
How will all of Trudi Lacey's offseason maneuvering work out? In a short,
intense season, the Sting cannot afford an adjustment period. They will have to
get that out of their system in the preseason because once the games count for
real, it will be another all-out sprint through the summer.
In what could be
a Draft rich in point guards, is this the year the Sting finally give Staley some
help? Is Darling the answer? Does Andrea Stinson have anything left in her? An
eight-year WNBA veteran averaged only 6.0 ppg despite starting all 34 games. Will
Mazzante get more of Stinson's minutes? Will she start? And where does Sheri Sam
fit in with Feaster firmly entrenched in the small forward position?
Charlotte finally put a good offensive and defensive team on the floor at the
same time? Last season, the Sting's team defense was the best in the league while
the offense scored the fewest points. The team's new look will definitely shake
things up, but can Smith flourish in the paint without Yolanda Griffith and DeMya
Walker to help relieve the pressure? That is why this section is called "key