Thursday, May 29, 2008

Milestone Watching

Here at Storm HQ, we're keeping an eye on several milestones that could be within reach for Storm players in the near future. Here's what you should be watching.

- Sheryl Swoopes is battling Ticha Penicheiro to become the first player in WNBA history to 600 career steals. Currently, Swoopes has 596 in her career, Penicheiro 594. One of them should reach the mark in the next couple of weeks.

- Speaking of steals, Yolanda Griffith has 490 in her career, leaving her 10 shy of joining Swoopes and Penicheiro as the only players in league history with 500 steals.

- The race is also on for Sue Bird and Swin Cash, both headed toward 2,500 career points. Cash has 2,433 in her career, Bird 2,428. 35 players in league history have at least 2,500 points, and the next-closest player to the milestone is Indiana's Tammy Sutton-Brown, with 2,270.

- Ashley Robinson has 86 blocks and is on her way toward joining a surprisingly elite group with 100 career blocks (39 players entering this season).

- Lauren Jackson isn't really close to any nice round numbers, but she has an opportunity to move up the WNBA's career rebounding leaderboard this season. Currently, Jackson ranks ninth in WNBA history with 1,765 total boards. However, she could move up as high as sixth by season's end:

5. Taj McWilliams-Franklin - 2,021 (active)
6. Chamique Holdsclaw - 1,862
7. Natalie Williams - 1,832
8. Wendy Palmer - 1,825
9. Lauren Jackson - 1,765 (active)
10. Tangela Smith - 1,701 (active)

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