Coach: Marynell Meadors

1998 record: 18-12

2nd in East

Lost to Houston in semifinals

The Sting is one of only three teams -- Houston and Phoenix are the others -- to make the playoffs in each of the WNBA's first two seasons. However, both times Charlotte was swept by Houston, the eventual champion. The Sting pulled off a coup by drafting former University of Virginia and U.S. Olympic point guard Dawn Staley, a talented and flashy floor leader. However, there is some concern Staley might not be as durable after her recent knee surgery. Two-time all-WNBA pick Andrea Stinson, who was seventh in the league in scoring (15.0 points per game) last season, reported to camp in much better shape after losing nearly 30 pounds during the offseason. That should improve her quickness. The front court, led by former Maryland standout Vicky Bullett and 1998 WNBA rookie of the year Tracy Reid, gets a boost with the addition of former ABL standout Charlotte Smith. Also an explosive perimeter player, Smith has the ability to create tough matchup problems for many other teams.

Web site: www.wnba.com/sting/

Top Players

Dawn Staley 5-6, 134 lbs.

Andrea Stinson 5-10, 158 lbs.

Rhonda Mapp 6-3, 190 lbs.

Tracy Reid 5-11, 150 lbs.

Vicky Bullett 6-3, 185 lbs.

Last Year's Starting Lineup

G Tora Suber

G Andrea Stinson

C Rhonda Mapp

F Tracy Reid

F Vicky Bullett

Schedule

June

10at Washington7

12New York7:30

19Los Angeles7:30

22at Detroit7:30

24Phoenix7:30

25at Cleveland7

27at New York4

30Washington7:30

July

3at Orlando7:30

7Cleveland7:30

9Orlando7:30

10at Cleveland7

12at Washington7

16at Orlando7:30

17Washington7:30

19Utah7:30

21Minnesota7:30

23Houston7:30

25at Detroit5

26at New York7:30

28Detroit7:30

30New York7:30

31at Minnesota8

August

2Cleveland7:30

4Sacramento7:30

6at Houston8:30

7Orlando7:30

9at Utah9

13at Sacramento10

15at Phoenix10

16at Los Angeles10:30

20Detroit8

CAPTION: Top player: Dawn Staley