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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2005 12:44 pm | Updated: 9:05 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

With only seven days remaining before final roster cuts, the Mercury still have some difficult decisions to make.

The Mercury must be down to 11 players on the active roster by May 19, and they can have up to two players on injured reserve.

Fifteen players are in camp and two who are guaranteed spots on the team (guard Penny Taylor and center Kamila Vodichkova) are still playing in leagues overseas.

"It will be a tough team to make, even for veterans," said forward Kayte Christensen, who has been with the Mercury since 2002. "There’s no guarantee any of us will have our jobs. It’s competitive and that’s how you want it."

Christensen has been rehabbing an ankle injury throughout camp and will likely start the season on the injured list.

Among those fighting for the final spots are guards Jae Cross, Maria Villarroel and Rita Williams, forward Tamara Moore and center Lindsay Taylor, a Chandler High graduate.

Cross and Villarroel didn’t play in Tuesday’s preseason game against Indiana, Taylor was only in the game for two minutes and Williams for five.

Players have two more exhibition games to make a good impression, tonight at Sacramento and Sunday vs. Indiana in Phoenix.


Center Slobodanka Tuvic, who started 40 of 68 games the past two seasons, appears unlikely to be back this year, general manager Seth Sulka said.

If she did return, it wouldn’t be until well into the season because of her commitment to the team she is playing for in France. Also Tuvic, who averaged 2.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 2004, would have a reduced role due to the offseason signing of Vodichkova. Sulka said he has not received final word on her decision.

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