What did you do during your "summer vacation" while the WNBA was on break?
Without those games to see, I watched a heavy dose of the Olympics, and caught up on various other tasks I had let slide.
Now if you are Stephanie White, pulling double duty right now as head coach of the Indiana Fever and head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores, you did a whole lot more than that!
It is a pleasure to welcome Coach White back to Dishin & Swishin. When we talked in May, she had just taken the head coaching job at Vanderbilt, and was starting her final WNBA season with the Fever.
Since then, the Fever have been on a ride of highs and lows this season, but find themselves with ten games to go right at .500, 12-12, and in the fifth spot in the current playoff race. The Olympics did not come at the best time for the Fever, as they went into the break winners of three straight and five of their last six.
They come back to a pretty tough schedule, including games with league leaders Los Angeles and Minnesota, and the final ten games in the storied career of Tamika Catchings. It will be a demanding, emotional ride to the finish.
So getting back to the break, while some coaches did soul searching, vacationed, or watched film prior to their team returning, White spent that part of that time hitting the road looking for future Commodores to play for her.
If you are a Vandy fan, the first part of the podcast is for you! We talk about what it was like to recruit, settling in to her new surroundings and with her new coaching staff, and getting ready for her first season in the SEC.
If you are a Fever fan, the second part of the podcast is for you! Topics turn to the return from the break, including how to monitor the playing time for Catchings the rest of the way, the need for more consistency out of her team, the return to health of Briann January and her impact, the improvement of Lynetta Kizer, playing time for Natalie Achonwa w