It's about that time. Final preseason games are wrapping up and training camp is coming to an end. The official start of the 2018 WNBA season is less than a week away, but be prepared for a lot of change in the coming days. All teams are required to be trimmed down to 12 roster spots by May 17th at 5:00pm ET.
Here are my top three most interesting moves from the league so far:
Loryn Goodwin, Dallas Wings
Goodwin has had an interesting collegiate career with four different universities in North Texas, Butler, University of Texas San Antonio and ultimately landing at Oklahoma State. She averaged 19 points per game, six rebounds and five assists in her career. As a second-round pick, many had high hopes of her winning the back-up point guard spot.
Goodwin tallied three points and five turnovers in six minutes vs. Liberty, followed by two points in nine minutes against the Sun in preseason action. Battling for the back up point guard position, it could have gone either way between her and Saniya Chong. When it was all said and done, the depth of the Wings was too much. These are the cuts that are not as easy with boarder line rookies.
Tyra Buss, Connecticut Sun
Buss is a pure scorer, competitor and fan favorite who has captured the hearts of many. She averaged 20.6 points per game her senior season and rewrote the Indiana Hoosier's record book. Interestingly enough, Curt Miller, the GM and head coach of the Sun, recruited her to Indiana where he was previously the head coach.
Draft night came and her name wasn't called. Two weeks later she was signed to a training camp deal with the Sun and her old coach. Buss logged 3 minutes on 0-2 shooting from the field and grabbed one rebound in their preseason opener against the Sparks. It could be the size factor or a simple guard-heavy roster.
Regardless, Buss has been resilient through her career and her young pro career is far from over.
Marissa Coleman, Indiana Fever
In one of the earliest and arguably more shocking moves of the preseason, the Indiana Fever parted ways with Coleman in April 25th. Factors for the decision include Coleman's production in recent years combined with a complete rebuild of the Fever roster.
The Fever have one of the youngest teams in the league right now. The nine year WNBA veteran spent the previous four seasons at Indiana where she averaged 8.2 points and 3 rebounds during that time. Her minutes dropped drastically averaging 24.4 minutes her first three seasons to 18.7 in 2017.
Less than a week later, Coleman was signed by the Liberty. "Marissa Coleman will bring experience and leadership, in addition to familiarity with our players and staff. She's skilled, has good size, can shoot it, post up and will give us some versatility," said Head Coach Katie Smith. Coleman and Smith were teammates together in Washington back in 09-10.
Coleman has logged 14 points in both preseason games since joining the Liberty.
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