It is believed Seattle Storm assistant Jenny Boucek will be on deck to watch Jenna O'Hea play. Photo: Pat Scala
The Canberra Capitals are hopeful the presence of Seattle Storm assistant coach Jenny Boucek will prove a distraction for Dandenong stars Jenna O'Hea and Kathleen MacLeod on Saturday night.
Boucek is tipped to be courtside for the AIS Arena clash to cast her eye over the Australian Opals guards, having watched them help the Rangers overcome Sydney last week.
The 39-year-old also plans to touch base with Storm and Capitals superstar Lauren Jackson on the progress of her chronic hamstring injury.
O'Hea, who made her Olympic debut with the Opals last year under Capitals coach Carrie Graf, was superb against Sydney with 23 points, eight rebounds and assists. In contrast, MacLeod was quiet, scoring just two points, and will undoubtedly be keen to impress Boucek with a huge game against the Capitals.
''Kath MacLeod isn't a secret to WNBA people but sometimes those things are positive, other times it can be a distraction for athletes,'' Graf said. ''Jenna's already signed with LA [Sparks] so there no pressure on her, but I'm sure both Jenna and Kathleen would both say their focus isn't on that, it's on trying to win another championship with Dandenong.
''There's an injured superstar [Jackson] here, too, who just happens to have played all her life at that club. I'd say there's a two-pronged attack with her visit,'' Graf added.
Dandenong humiliated Canberra 101-62 a fortnight ago, O'Hea scoring 15 points in just 15 minutes of court time.