Lacey heads into training camp with the Storm

Lacey heads into training camp with the Storm

After being picked up by the Seattle Storm in the first round of the WNBA draft, Australian Alison Lacey has been settling into her first training camp with the WNBA side.

Seattle Storm rookies Lacey and Heather Bowman begin their WNBA career with very different perspectives. Lacey is the Storm's first-round pick who could end up in the rotation as the backup to All-Star point guard Sue Bird. Bowman, invited to training camp after going unselected in the WNBA Draft, is simply battling for a spot on the roster. Lacey is far away from where she starred at Iowa State and even more distant from where she grew up in Australia, while Bowman got the chance to play across the state from her hometown of Spokane.

Yet two days into the Storm's practices, Bowman and Lacey both find themselves in a similar position looking to make the adjustment from college ball to the pro game and pick up Head Coach Brian Agler’s systems at both ends of the floor.

"It's been pretty tough; just a lot of learning," said Bowman. "I'm trying to absorb everything, all the information trying to get better, from the players and the coaches. I'm taking it all in."

"They've been intense," added Lacey. "A lot of learning, a lot of new things to take in. The pace of the game is something I'm adapting to. Overall, it's been good and the girls have been great."

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