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  Utah Starzz

Coach: Frank Layden
1998 record: 8-22, tied for 4th in West. Did not make playoffs.

Outlook
Frank Layden, the former coach of the Utah Jazz, took over the Starzz last July and has set about making the team more well-rounded. During the preseason, he planned trips to the zoo, movies, amusement parks and baseball games. He also created a book club and planned a parents' weekend. It is yet to be seen whether these off-court activities will translate into better on-court chemistry. The Starzz significantly improved through the draft. With their first pick, they chose 1998 ABL most valuable player and Utah native Natalie Williams, who led the league in scoring and rebounding last season. Utah also addressed a pressing need for a point guard by taking Debbie Black in the second round. Black was the ABL defensive player of the year in 1997 and a two-time ABL all-star with the Colorado Xplosion. Elena Baranova won the Gazetta dello Sport award in 1998, given to the top female European player. Former University of Virginia standout Wendy Palmer, who led the team in scoring last season at 13.5 points per game, ranked fifth in the league in double-doubles.

Schedule

June
12	Orlando	        9 
14	at Minnesota	8 
17	at Houston	8:30 
19	Sacramento	9 
24	at Sacramento	4 
26	Minnesota	9 
28	at Los Angeles	10:30 
30	Houston	        10 
July
2	Cleveland	9 
6	Detroit	        9 
8	at Washington	7 
10	at Orlando	7:30 
12	Phoenix	        2 
16	Houston	        9 
18	at New York	4 
19	at Charlotte	7:30 
21	at Detroit	12 
24	at Cleveland	7 
26	Washington	9 
27	at Phoenix	10 
30	at Los Angeles	9 
31	Sacramento	9 
August
3	New York	9 
5	Los Angeles	9 
7	Minnesota	9 
9	Charlotte	9 
11	at Minnesota	8 
13	Phoenix	        9 
14	at Sacramento	10 
16	at Houston	8 
20	at Phoenix	10 
21	Los Angeles	9 

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