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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Kotsopoulos, Lomax survive first two cuts

With Sha Brooks, who starred collegiately at Florida, being cut on Wednesday and Kaitlin Sowinski (Sacred Heart), Kailey Klein (Cleveland State) and Pauline Love (Southern Mississippi) being let go on Thursday, the fight for a temporary spot on the Connectict Sun is not quite a crowded.

Currently at the WNBA maximum of 11 players, another cut will need to be made before the start of the regular season since Anete Jekabsone-Zogota could report to the team as soon as Sunday. Sandrine Gruda is not expected to join the Sun until the first week of June meaning that the team will be able to keep either guard May Kotsopoulos, who played at Vermont, or former Columbia forward Judie Lomax until Gruda is added to the active roster.

Brooks seemed to be doomed to land on the waiver wire once she suffered a quadriceps injury during training camp. Sowinski would have been a great story had she made it but probably needs to get a little stronger before she makes a serious run at making a WNBA roster. Love is a little bit of a surprising cut. Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault sought her out during Tuesday's exhibition win over Atlanta for some extra instruction during the break in the action. Love and Lomax seemed to be the two most effective undrafted rookies during the exhibition game although cuts like these are made by evaluating all the practices and not just four quarters against an Atlanta team missing many of its top players.

The Sun will host the Polish national team on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then wrap up its preseason schedule with a game at New York on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

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