Monday, April 21, 2008

The Newcomers

The Storm's official training-camp roster includes three players added to the roster today on training-camp contracts. Here's a little background.

Natalie Doma
Doma dominated the Big Sky Conference in four years at Idaho State University, finishing her career as the Big Sky's all-time leader in both points (2,295) and rebounds (1,175). A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Doma quickly demonstrated her potential as the Big Sky's Freshman of the Year. She would be named All-Big Sky First Team each of the next three years and the conference's Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 24.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game, both averages ranking her in the top three nationally.

Daphanie Kennedy
Some future players at Pepperdine University will, in part, have Kennedy to thank for their scholarship. After Kennedy finished her career at Pepperdine, boosters Jim and Judy Zierick established the Daphanie Kennedy Scholarship for women's basketball to honor their friend and favorite player. Kennedy played a key role throughout her time with the Waves but really stepped forward as a senior, leading the West Coast Conference in scoring at 22 points per game and earning All-WCC First Team honors. The quick Kennedy also finished her career as Pepperdine's all-time leader with 197 steals.

Kelly Santos
Six years after she last played in the WNBA with the Detroit Shock, Santos looks to return with the Storm in 2008. Just 21 when she made the Shock as a fourth-round pick, Santos contributed off the bench for two seasons but has since opted to play overseas. A physical post player, Santos is also a fixture on the Brazilian National Team, playing in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

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