Just weeks after concluding a stellar four-year run at Penn State University, Kelly Mazzante�s
basketball career skyrocketed to a new level on April 17 when she was selected by the Charlotte Sting with 18th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft.
With the regular season less than a month away, Mazzante quickly joined other rookies and Sting veterans at the Bobcats Basketball Center on April 26 for her first ever WNBA training camp.
For Mazzante, a three-time Kodak All-American, her first WNBA training camp experience has been a good one. �I love it,� she said as she stood on the floor of the Bobcats Basketball Center after one of the Sting�s practices. �The coaching staff is awesome and the girls get along very well on and off the court. I�ve been having a good time so far.�
Camp has also been a learning experience for Mazzante as she along with the other rookies adjust their game to the professional level. �We are getting used to the atmosphere at the professional level,� said Mazzante. �The biggest difference between the college game and the WNBA is the intensity and the competitiveness and how physical it is at practice. This is a big transition and like any new step in your life there are going to be obstacles to overcome.�
Mazzante and her fellow rookies have not had to undergo this adjustment alone however, as the Sting have a core group of veterans, including Dawn Staley and Andrea Stinson who have helped explain the in�s and out�s of the team.
�Dawn and Stint have really helped us, especially with the little things,� remarked Mazzante. �They�ve gone at us too, but they�re always there to tell us what�s going to happen next.�
It has been this experience of playing alongside talented veterans that has been one of the things that Mazzante has enjoyed most about camp. �It�s been great to have this opportunity to play with such great players,� she explained. �I�m happy that I�m surrounded by great people and great coaches.�