Tuesday, July 1, 2008

O'Neill Makes It

Exciting day here at Storm HQ as we got the news moments ago that Kristen O'Neill has been signed to a seven-day contract, making the Storm after putting together a strong bid for a roster spot during training camp. Everybody was pulling for O'Neill because of her work ethic and terrific attitude. Her decision to continue to work with the Storm practice squad after being cut has now paid off in a chance to play in the WNBA. There are no guarantees for O'Neill past the next seven days, but she's got a shot.

Before Sunday's game, Storm Head Coach Brian Agler was in the mix as the Storm looked to sign a player to a seven-day contract. Here's what he had to say about O'Neill.

"She's been a practice player for us. She'll come in and play on the guys' team. If we, for whatever reason, need to rest people or have someone out, she sometimes can slide in there and get in a drill for us.

"The thing that we tell Kristen is just keep working. You're not hurting yourself. Stay right there. Something good could happen this year. It might not be this year; it might be down the road.

"She puts a lot of time into it. You guys see her. You come in late and you're hanging around there and you look down the floor and there's one person still shooting. You know what kind of commitment she has to the game and the love that she has for it. We all respect that out of her. There's no question."

7 comments:

LD said...

Great news. Congratulations to ONeill. So many of us were rooting for her to make the team, we are happy to see she finally gets a chance.

Anonymous said...

All Kristens irish fans and friends are rooting big time for her... Delighted for her and I think she will surprise a few people.... Could not have happen to a nicer and more deserving person....

Patrick said...

do you see Agler using her as a PG option or is she getting a chance to be a shooter off the bench? How does he plan to use her?

Kevin Pelton said...

Probably a little of both. More to come on that.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's finally nice to see Agler talking about Kristen at PG.

I still can't believe nobody on the Storm staff knew she was one throughout most of training camp.

Anonymous said...

Great Pick up of a talented and deserving woman. Good Luck!!

sheila said...

Kevin,

Is today the last day of Kristen's seven day contract? What are the chances she will be signed to a second one, or even for the rest of the season? I thought she played solidly in the few minutes she got in the last few games.