Coach: Carolyn Peck

First-year team

Carolyn Peck, who begins her third season as a head coach at any level, takes the helm of one of two WNBA expansion teams after leading Purdue to the NCAA championship last season. For her efforts, she was named Division I coach of the year by the Associated Press and Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Peck chose to build her team with established veterans rather than youthful talent, taking her full allotment of ABL players. The projected back court includes a pair of former ABL all-stars, Shannon Johnson and Sheri Sam. Johnson led the Columbus Quest to back-to-back championships and is well-suited to run Peck's favored up-tempo, transition style. Sam was a two-time ABL all-star with the San Jose Lasers. Peck also brought in Tari Phillips, the 1997 ABL All-Star Game MVP and local favorite from the University of Central Florida, and Carla McGhee, who played last season with the ABL's Quest and was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medal team.Former Connecticut star Nykesha Sales, a 6-foot guard-forward, also joins the Miracle. Sales, an All-America in 1997-1998, suffered an achilles tendon injury that sidelined her for what would have been her rookie professional season. She set U-Conn.'s all-time career mark in steals (447) and total points (2,178). She averaged 15.9 ppg during her four years at U-Conn. Sales played with the WNBA post-season touring squad in Brazil this past year.

Web site: www.wnba.com/miracle/

Top Players

Shannon Johnson

5-7, 147 lbs.

Sheri Sam

6-1, 160 lbs.

Taj McWilliams

6-3, 184 lbs.

Tari Phillips

6-3, 200 lbs.

Andrea Congreaves

6-2, 183 lbs.

Schedule

June

10Houston8

12at Utah9

15Los Angeles7:30

17at Detroit7:30

19Washington7:30

21Phoenix7:30

22at Cleveland7

25at New York7:30

28at Houston8:30

July

3Charlotte7:30

7Minnesota7:30

9at Charlotte7:30

10Utah7:30

12Detroit12:30

16Charlotte7:30

17Sacramento7:30

19at Washington7

23at Phoenix10

24at Sacramento10:30

27at Los Angeles10:30

29New York7:30

August

1at New York4

4Cleveland7:30

5at Washington7

7at Charlotte7:30

9New York8

12Cleveland7:30

14at Cleveland7

15Washington7:30

18Detroit7:30

20at Minnesota8

21at Detroit7:30

CAPTION: Top player: Shannon Johnson