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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Liberty Belle - Shay Doron

Shay Doron

Height: 5'9''
Weight: 145 lbs.
Position: Guard
School: Maryland '07
Can she kick it:...

Yes, she can!

Shay Doron. The Hebrew Hammer. You know her. You love her. Well, unless your name is Pat Coyle, in which you sit her on the bench for long stretches of time before giving her a token start, when she really couldn't do worse than some of the lasses on some of the nights and wouldn't have been cool if she could have played in that Washington game, since she's from Maryland, and alot of her friends and family were there and, SHIT, that's a HUGE reason why the WNBA can't catch on, because it's constantly angering and alienating its fanbase with stupid decisions like these...

I'm done. I promise.

In actuality, Shay is pretty bad-ass without all of my pandering and such, so I'll play it straight. Starting in Rotenberg High School in Tel Aviv, Doron commenced lighting courts on fire with her strong play and strong shooting. She led her team to several state championships, and also excelled at track & field, for which she won some 60 odd medals.

When she was done messing up enough Israeli's, she moved to New York at Christ the King High School in hopes of one day making it to the NCAA and WNBA. You know how THAT story goes, but I'm getting ahead of myself...

She couldn't be contained in High School - 17.1 points per game, took her team to a Brooklyn-Queens Championship, led her team to the New York Federation Finals, named All-American, took MVP and Player of the Tournament honors from the Nike Tournament of Champions - and thus was quickly scooped up by Maryland. Could the Terps handle her?

Not a chance.

Under the coaching of Brenda Frese, Doron led Maryland to four straight NCAA Tournament Appearances, winning it all over Duke in 2006 for the first time in Maryland history. Along the way, she broke several school records and posted top ten finishes in a handful of others (three-pointers, assists, steals, et cetera, et cetera) while majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Sam Waterston better watch his back.

You know the rest of the story. She was drafted 16th overall in the 2007 draft and promptly buried on the bench by Patty. She saw game time only seven times in the regular season, totaling 10 points and 3 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. But if her amateur career is any indication, Doron won't be able to be contained for long. Currently, she's playing for the Israeli National team, as well as Elitzer Ramle in the Israeli league. If you hear about some kind of revolution involving female sports in Israel, don't be surprised if you find Doron leading the pack.

She's like Godzilla, except metal... so more like Mecha-Godzilla.

From national to international, from college to the pros, from on-court action to off-court heroism, Doron is an all-around bad ass. If you can't get enough of Shay (is it really possible to get too much of her), then head on over to her website. Check it out. Shoot her an email. Just don't fall into her shadow. Her temple guards may have to cut out your heart for such a heretical action.

I found that out the hard way.


Patricia said...

I hate to sound an ominous note, but Shay's shirts were on sale at the Garden at the end of the season. When they did that with Whitmore and Weatherspoon, they both left.
I hope this doesn't mean Shay will leave the Liberty. But when they posted a comment of mine to the team site today, they left out something aI write about wanting to see more of Shay.

Oy vay!

The Writer said...

That is indeed an ominous note. Not perhaps direct evidence, but also not something we should ignore, either. Leaving out a note about Shay? Why bother wasting a draft pick on a young woman (one of the highest scorers in Maryland's history) when you only play her for 35 minutes in a season and then let her go at the end of the season, despite decent numbers in that time span... well, the Libs are just asking for fan anger.

Look, we played essentially seven women during the season (Thorn, Kraayeveld, Moore, Christon, McCarville, Battle, and towards the end, Jackson) with Farris and Willis getting much of the rest of the time. It's a piss-poor way to run an ball team, particularly when a team is down by twenty points in the 4th and in a rebuilding cycle. If we aren't going to use Doron, I'd be more than happy to see her go so that she can get playing time elsewhere. Ditto for the rest of the benchies. Why bother having them if we're never going to play them, even when our usual gang can't get it done?

All right, I'm done rambling. Personally, aside from one or two moves, I wouldn't mind seeing this team get back together next season. But who knows who we'll pick up in a trade or in the draft.

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