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Conlon, Moore, Battle, Valley: The Bench
This year: Conlon, a sophomore, emerged as the third guard, averaging 4.1 points in 17.7 minutes a game. Was third on the team with 39 three-pointers and had a 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, a number on par with the All-American starters for much of the season.
Next year: Conlon should continue in her role, backing up Taurasi and potential starter Ann Strother. Conlon displayed a strong court presence this season - her first playing significant minutes - and that steady influence will be needed as Strother and Nicole Wolff learn the system.
This year: Averaged 5.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and was fourth on the team in blocks with 37. Moore, a redshirt freshman, played her best as a starter, which she did three times for the ailing Tamika Williams. Her speed from the center position was never more evident than in the championship game, when she blocked an Oklahoma shot at one and end finished the break at the other.
Next year: Moore will likely start and will also be counted on to set an example for freshman Willnett Crockett, Barbara Turner, and Gillian Goring. Emerging from the shadow of the three seniors, and with her first season on the court behind her, Moore could make a significant contribution next season.
This year: In her first season after redshirting because of an elbow injury, Battle showed remarkable quickness and versatility, alternating between small forward and guard. Battle averaged 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds. Battle was particularly effective on the offensive glass, despite being the smallest of the post players.
Next year: Battle's only weakness is also her greatest strength - her speed. Battle sometimes was too quick, particularly on layups, and must strike a happy medium. But that quickness could make her a dangerous weapon as a receiver of Taurasi's outlet passes on the fastbreak. If Battle adds a consistent outside shot and handles the ball better, she could become equally tough to defend in the halfcourt offense.
This year: Valley's sophomore season was cut short in January because of plantar fasciitis in both feet. She played 16 games, averaging 3.6 points. Despite the injury, Valley remained an important member of the team, serving as something of an unofficial assistant coach.
Next year: Valley's future remains somewhat uncertain. Valley endured lingering knee trouble in addition to the foot injury. A summer of rest and rehab could get her back on the court in October.
This year: A freshman, Valley slowly worked her way through coach Geno Auriemma's system. Valley averaged just 8.4 minutes a game, scoring 2.9 points. She played better toward the end of the season, after sitting for two games in late January.
Next year: As the only true point guard on the roster, Valley should earn more playing time as a backup to Taurasi.
This year: The only walk-on on the roster, Marron quickly became a fan favorite, and she averaged 1.3 points in 3.9 minutes. The freshman was the most accurate three-point shooter on the team, at 55.6 percent (10-for-18).
Next year: With a roster likely no greater than 12, Marron should continue to serve a valuable, behind-the-scenes role as a practice player.