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Originally published Friday, August 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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Notebook: Lennox's wrist looking good

Reports continue to be positive regarding Betty Lennox's injured left wrist. The Storm guard missed six games after partially tearing a...

Seattle Times staff reporter

Reports continue to be positive regarding Betty Lennox's injured left wrist.

The Storm guard missed six games after partially tearing a ligament in her non-shooting wrist against Indiana on Aug. 4. Lennox returned to help the Storm defeat San Antonio on Tuesday, scoring 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting in 14 minutes. Despite some expected swelling, her wrist showed no adverse effects.

Storm coach Anne Donovan opted to use Lennox as a reserve again last night, substituting her in with 14:51 remaining in the first half.

"It looks good," said Donovan of the injury. "It's going to be sore every time she uses it whether it's practice or a game, so it's just a matter of managing it every day."

Although Lennox can be an explosive reserve, Donovan hopes to have her back in the starting lineup, possibly tomorrow against Phoenix.

One positive from Lennox's injury has been the development of rookie Tanisha Wright. A three-time Big Ten defensive player of the year, Wright has had critical exposure at point guard and shooting guard due to injuries this season.

Wright shared minutes with rookie Francesca Zara at point guard while guard Sue Bird tended to her broken nose for four games. And Wright has replaced Lennox in the starting lineup the past seven games, averaging 7.1 points.

Player of the game: Storm center Janell Burse rebounded from allowing Sacramento center Yolanda Griffith to score 26 points last week to limiting the MVP candidate to seven last night. Burse also led Seattle with 17 points and had seven rebounds.

Reserve of the game: Guard Betty Lennox was all showtime in the first half, scoring all of her eight points.

Digits: The Storm outscored the Monarchs 12-4 in second-chance shots in the first half.

Next: Phoenix, 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, KeyArena.

With Lennox guiding Wright, and Donovan giving the rookie clearance to shoot, Lennox and Wright are becoming mirror images. Wright is more aggressive on defense, but can slash and shoot the mid-range jumper like Lennox.

"She is so confident, so cool," said Donovan of Wright. "She's so much a starter. You don't look at her and think she's just a replacement, filling in for Betty. The season has gone really well in terms of getting her valuable experience this year."

Yesterday's box

SACRAMENTO
min fgm-a ftm-a or-t a pf pts
Brunson 32 4-11 1-1 3-9 2 0 9
Powell 30 5-18 4-5 1-5 3 5 17
Griffith 33 3-15 1-2 4-4 1 3 7
Newton 27 4-10 1-2 2-2 1 5 9
Penicheiro 26 1-3 2-2 0-1 4 5 4
Haynie 17 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 4
Maiga 19 6-11 0-0 2-5 0 2 12
Sct-Rchrdsn 6 0-0 1-4 1-1 0 2 1
Buescher 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Li Jie 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 25-75 10-16 13-27 12 23 63
Percentages: FG .333, FT .625. Three-point goals: 3-10, .300 (Powell 3-8, Haynie 0-1, Li Jie 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Team Turnovers: 9 (2 PTS). Blocked shots: 2 (Griffith, Brunson). Turnovers: 9 (Griffith 5, Penicheiro 2, Maiga, Li Jie). Steals: 12 (Maiga 4, Griffith 2, Penicheiro 2, Newton 2, Brunson, Li Jie). Technical fouls: Maiga, 4:00 second.
SEATTLE
min fgm-a ftm-a or-t a pf pts
C. Marques 26 4-9 5-7 3-8 0 2 13
Jackson 32 6-13 1-1 1-5 0 6 14
Burse 32 5-6 7-13 2-7 0 3 17
Bird 31 4-6 2-2 0-2 5 3 12
Wright 25 1-2 1-2 0-1 5 1 3
Lennox 16 3-8 2-3 1-4 1 1 8
Batkovic 15 3-4 1-1 1-5 0 2 7
Zara 15 0-1 0-0 0-0 5 0 0
Thompson 7 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 0 2
Edwards 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 27-51 19-29 8-35 17 18 76
Percentages: FG .529, FT .655. Three-point goals: 3-9, .333 (Bird 2-2, Jackson 1-5, Castro Marques 0-1, Zara 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Team Turnovers: 20 (15 PTS). Blocked shots: 6 (Jackson 5, Burse). Turnovers: 20 (Bird 6, Castro Marques 4, Jackson 3, Lennox 2, Burse, Thompson, Batkovic, Wright, Zara). Steals: 3 (Jackson, Burse, Castro Marques). Technical fouls: None.
Sacramento 38 25 — 63
Seattle 49 27 — 76
Attendance: 9,686 (9,686). Time: 2:00. Officials: Scott Twardoski, Bryan Enterline, Lamont Simpson.

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