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Seattle Storm Waive Monroe, Cut Roster To 12

The Seattle Storm were expected to waive someone after this afternoon's game against the Tulsa Shock.

It figured to be one of three players and it turned out to be 6'5" second-year center Jacinta Monroe, who they acquired in a trade with the Washington Mystics along with Katie Smith.

Although Monroe, the sixth pick overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft, didn't play much in her first year, she did show promise as a shot blocker and was thought to be the icing on top of the trade for Smith. However, with 2011 second-round draft pick Ify Ibekwe playing so well this preseason, the minutes in the post rotation had gotten scarce.

Given the remaining roster, it would appear that point guard Sharnee Zoll would have the inside track for a roster spot ahead of 6'4" rookie center Krystal Thomas - the Storm don't have a distributor on the bench to backup Sue Bird and already have veteran mainstay Ashley Robinson at center, who head coach Brian Agler has been committed to. Carrying a third center on an 11-player roster seems unlikely when there's an obvious void at reserve point guard.

The deadline for settling rosters is June 2, but there have also been reports that Agler would wait to see who ends up on the waiver wire before making a final decision.