Pass The Ball: Week 1 surprises, disappointments and sleepers

The season is less than a week old, but that doesn't mean it is too soon to start weighing in on what we have seen on the court so far.

 

 Photo: Matt Kryger/Indy Star

Photo: Matt Kryger/Indy Star

1. Which team has been the biggest surprise through the first week?

Jasmine Brown: The Sky, despite some slow starts, have definitely shown that they can be a dark horse this season. They are playing without Courtney Vandersloot, but as long as Allie Quigley is there, the team has potential to do some amazing things this season.

Rachel Galligan: Chicago. I knew they had talent, but they struggled scoring early in the preseason. Being without Courtney Vandersloot, I anticipated a slower start but was glad to see them begin 2-0. This will be a roller coaster of a season for them, especially early, but we can see what they are capable of doing.

Jameelah Johnson: I wouldn't say they have been a surprise, but I've been impressed by how well Chicago has played. They appear to be clicking early and rookie Diamond DeShields often looks like a seasoned veteran. 

Aryeh Schwartz: Chicago. I expected growing pains so the loss to the Dream on Wednesday doesn't shake me. This team has really taken shape early and found clear roles for young players.


2. Which team has been the biggest disappointment through the first week?

Brown: The Lynx have not been looking like themselves even though the season just started. Maybe it's a championship hangover, but it seems awkward that this core, the strongest in the WNBA, is struggling. However, it is still early, so the early judgment could possibly be wrong. 

Galligan: Seattle. It is hard to beat a team three times, let alone in the course of two weeks. But I anticipated a win over the Mercury with how much talent is on this roster.

Johnson: Indiana has disappointed me so far. I understand their first three matchups have mostly been against teams favored to win, but it seems they still have some growing to do.

Schwartz: Washington. The Mystics have looked sloppy in each game so far and are lucky to get those wins. 
 


3. Which player should we keep an eye on?

Brown: Fever's Kelsey Mitchell. She has certainly impressed and has been the light on her team. She posted 20 points against the Sparks and is showing off the same abilities that she used to do damage at Ohio State. 

Galligan: Kelsey Mitchell. After a breakout performance in her last game against the Sparks, scoring 20 points, she's getting a little more comfortable with taking the shots she's been told to take.

Johnson: I think we should keep an eye on the Sun's Alex Bentley. In a league full of talented guards, it is easy to overlook the quiet storm in Bentley.  

Schwartz: Natasha Cloud. Injuries and big names on the roster have kept her a DC secret. She is quick, can shoot and raises those around her.