Camp notes. Galatasaray. Food drive. Roster. Etc.
Quick notes from Friday’s Camp del Sol:
• Renee Montgomery has arrived in Connecticut.
Sun head coach Anne Donovan said she’ll determine after today’s practice whether or not Montgomery will play in Sunday’s exhibition against New York, but added, “my guess is yes.”
• Center Yelena Leuchanka has a meeting with the Russian consulate about her visa Monday.
• Center Kelsey Bone will be away a little longer as Galatasaray, her Turkish team, lost to Fenerbahce on Friday, 59-53, in Game 4 of the best-of-five Turkish Women’s Basketball League final.
Game 5 will be played on Monday. Galatasaray had led the series, 2-0.
Bone has split time at center with Turkish native Nevriye Yilmaz. She’s averaged 19.8 minutes and is fifth on her team in scoring (9.5) and second in rebounding (6.3).
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There are surely some of you who aren’t hip to Galatasaray, but you should be given its ties to El Sol.
Galatasaray beat Fenerbahce for the FIBA Euroleague championship in April, 69-58. It was a first for a Turkish team.
Spain’s Alba Torrens, whose rights are held by El Sol, was named MVP of the Final Eight. It’s the second time she’s won that honor.
Galatasaray got to the final by stunning defending champion UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia in the semifinals, 77-70, in the latter’s hizzle. Torrens made seven of 14 3-pointers for a season-high 29 points in that win.
Galatasaray won even after Atlanta’s Sancho Lyttle injured her ankle eight minutes into the game and couldn’t return.
So, yeah, Galatasaray pulled off a huge upset.
(Galatasaray led by as much as 42-17 with over five minutes left in the first half, too.)
Indiana’s Shavonte Zellous would be the only other name you’d recognize on Galatasaray.
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El Sol will host a food drive at this Sunday’s preseason opener against New York at Neon Uncasville (1 p.m.). They’ll do it again at their regular season opener against New York on May 16 (7 p.m.)
Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will then be donated to the New London Community Meal Center. Bins for food collection will be available on the concourse just inside both entrances of Mohegan Sun Arena.
El Sol will be volunteering at the Community Meal Center on May 12th as part of the WNBA’s Week of Service.
The New London Community Meal Center was established in 1985. It was created to respond to the needs of New London's most vulnerable residents by providing nutritious meals in a kind, hospitable and clean environment. The organization currently provides lunch five days a week and dinner six days a week, including Saturday dinner served by a downtown New London church.
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El Sol will hold an open practice next Tuesday (May 6) at Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College in East Hartford.
The practice is open to the public and starts at 6 p.m. in the Connecticut River Academy gymnasium. There will be an autograph session immediately following the practice.
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Finally, below is El Sol’s roster so that you’re not confused at tomorrow’s game:
20 Alex Bentley G 5-7 Penn State 1
14 Kelsey Bone F-C 6-4 Texas A&M 1
52 Kelley Cain C 6-6 Tennessee 1
23 Katie Douglas G-F 6-0 Purdue 13
34 Kelly Faris G 5-11 UConn 1
32 Kalana Greene G 5-10 UConn 4
5 Kelsey Griffin F 6-2 Nebraska 4
3 Allison Hightower G 5-10 LSU 4
11 Yelena Leuchanka C 6-5 West Virginia 4
4 Danielle McCray G-F 5-11 Kansas 2
21 Renee Montgomery G 5-7 UConn 5
13 Chiney Ogwumike F 6-4 Stanford R
7 Kayla Pedersen F 6-4 Stanford 3
2 DeNesha Stallworth F 6-3 Kentucky R
25 Alyssa Thomas F 6-2 Maryland R
(El Sol must get its roster down to 12 before their season-opener.)
For those of you who get caught up in numbers:
• Hightower changed her number from 23 to 3.
• Douglas has taken No. 23. She wore No. 32 during her first tour with El Sol.
• Leuchanka has Taj McWilliams-Franklin’s old number (11).
• Ogwumike has Lindsay Whalen’s old number (13). Whay wears that number for Minnesota.
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Appreciate you reading. More later.
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