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Liberty Women's Basketball Alumni Off to Hot Start in 2007 WNBA Season

May 31, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Katie Feenstra has helped her new team, the Detroit Shock, get off to a 3-0 start. (Photo by Dan Lippitt/NBAE)

Katie Feenstra has helped her new team, the Detroit Shock, get off to a 3-0 start. (Photo by Dan Lippitt/NBAE)

Just two weeks into the 2007 WNBA season, a pair of former members of the Liberty women's basketball program are part of first-place teams. 2005 graduate Katie Feenstra is playing for the 3-0 Detroit Shock, and former Lady Flame assistant coach Olaf Lange is now employed by the 3-1 San Antonio Silver Stars. 

Feenstra, who played for the Silver Stars the past two seasons, was traded to the defending WNBA champion Shock during the off-season. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., the 6-8 center is averaging 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds off coach Bill Laimbeer's bench through the season's first three contests. She opened the year with seven points and six boards in a 75-68 triumph over the Sacramento Monarchs, in a rematch of the 2006 WNBA Finals. 

The Shock are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the WNBA, through the season's early stages. Detroit's high-powered offense is averaging 84.7 ppg in the three victories, all of which have come at the Palace at Auburn Hills. Seven of the team's next nine games will be road contests. 

Meanwhile, the coaching staff for Feenstra's former team, the San Antonio Silver Stars, possesses a distinct Liberty flavor. Lange, the Lady Flames' associate head coach the last two seasons, is now San Antonio's coordinator of video services and player development. His wife, Sandy Brondello, is an assistant coach for the Silver Stars for the third consecutive year. 

Off-season acquisitions Becky Hammon and Ruth Riley have helped San Antonio win three of its first four games, after the team struggled to a 13-21 finish a year ago. Hammon ranks fifth in the WNBA with 19.8 ppg and has led the Silver Stars in scoring in all four contests. The squad is currently tied with Phoenix, which dealt San Antonio its lone setback, atop the Western Conference standings. The Silver Stars and Mercury will meet again this evening, at San Antonio's AT&T Center. 

The Shock and Silver Stars are scheduled to play each other twice during the 34-game regular-season. Detroit will host San Antonio at 6 p.m., July 1, and the teams will square off in San Antonio at 8 p.m., July 31. The latter contest will be nationally televised by ESPN2.