May 18, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 2012 WNBA regular season begins Friday night, and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers lead the Southeastern Conference with 10 players on opening-day rosters.
Two members of the 2011-12 UT senior class are set to make their regular-season debuts as professional players. Shekinna Stricklen begins her first season with the Seattle Storm, while Glory Johnson will be playing for the Tulsa Shock.
Kelley Cain, who bypassed her final season of eligibility at Tennessee in 2011-12 due to injuries, has joined the New York Liberty and is the sole rookie on the roster.
Seven veterans inhabit rosters around the league. Among them are 2007 all-star Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun); 2011 league MVP, four-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time all-star Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever); 2009 WNBA All-Star and 2008 All-Rookie Team member Nicky Anosike, and 2008 league MVP and Rookie of the Year and 2011 all-star Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks); Alexis Hornbuckle (Phoenix Mercury); and Ashley Robinson and 2006 all-star Michelle Snow (Washington Mystics).
Two coaches formerly on the Tennessee staff will be on the sidelines this season. The duo includes assistants Mickie DeMoss (Indiana Fever) and Nancy Darsch (Seattle Storm).
The first regular-season game of the WNBA season will feature Los Angeles at Seattle on Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern time, featuring former Lady Vols Anosike and Parker vs. Stricklen, with Darsch on the bench for the Storm.