Carolyn Jenkins Training Camp Blog

Friday, April 28th: Day 6:

Since my last blog entry, our practice schedule has really picked up steam. Including today's practice, we have completed a total of eight practices in six days. Tuesday and Thursday night, we scrimmaged against our male practice squad, which allowed us to look at different combinations on the floor. Our young post rotation that includes Nicole Ohlde, Vanessa Hayden, and Adrian Williams is really starting to jell. This is great news for our team considering the current health status of Tamika Williams. Also, Kristen Mann has shown great promise at the 3 for us, and it is very evident that she has put a tremendous amount of effort into improving her overall skill set in the off-season. She has shown great touch from the outside, while being able to handle the ball on the perimeter with ease and help us with rebounding from the perimeter. Amber Jacobs has come into camp with a great shooting stroke. She has also had the opportunity to play both guard positions with Chandi Jones being held out while she rehabilitates her ankle. Chandi was able to participate in non-contact drills today, and we expect her to ease into contact drills next week.

As for the newcomers, we were able to get Shona Thorburn into action on Wednesday for an entire practice, and she has picked up where she left off during the NCAA tournament. While she is still getting acclimated to her new teammates, her vocal leadership on the floor is an invaluable addition, as well as her hard work and competitiveness. Seimone Augustus has shown not only great scoring ability, but she also provides us with a few "wow" plays each day! The best part about Seimone's game that we as a staff have been most proud of has been her defensive presence. Megan Duffy has shown the consummate point guard leadership on the floor, and had a great shooting day today from the 3pt line.

Tomorrow is our first open practice. We are hoping to have nearly 1000 people in the arena for a scrimmage against our male practice squad, and our players are very anxious to play on the main floor.

Monday, April 24th: Day 2:

After the first practice of training camp closed, we started off the morning with our high-spirited media day activities. Along with the typical local media interviews, our players take what appeared to be fifty photographs each on average. Also, we as a staff get to enjoy the playerís dancing and speech skills as they partake in filming messages for our video board. This yearís winner of the best dancer award goes to Nicole Ohlde, who obviously worked on other things besides sharpening her basketball skills while overseas this off-season.

Later that day, the team met with our front office representatives from Human Resources to complete all of the necessary employment forms. Direct deposit, health insurance, and 401k were just a few of the items discussed during the two hour luncheon. Even as professional athletes, WNBA players must complete the same first day orientation that every worker experiences.

Finally at 2:00pm, the business of practice began. Unlike during the first practice, in which we walked our team through the entire vision for both ends of the floor, today we began to breakdown every item of that vision, from defensive closeouts to setting and using screens. We are very pleased with our teamís effort and intensity in practice, and we look for that to continue as we begin double sessions this week.

Sunday, April 23rd: Day 1:

Hello Lynx Fans, Today was the first day of our journey for the summer, and from a coach's perspective, it was a tremendous experience. This was our first opportunity as a staff to get everyone on the floor together and on the same page. This was Suzie's first opportunity to teach and explain the "whole" picture for our team, which hopefully helps the players put the pieces together in the coming weeks. All of our returnees (Tamika, Nicole, Amber, and Kristen) did a great job of setting the tone from the beginning with their enthusiasm and intensity in every drill. After media day tomorrow, and for the rest of the week, our focus will turn to breaking down every aspect of our offense and defense in the morning, then putting those concepts into play against our male practice squad in the evening. Stay tuned for more updates as the week moves along!

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