score: Storm 76 Mercury 84 (L) (2-1)
by | StormFan7
I don't remember her name but I wish she would come sing at
the Key because she was really good.
Pre-Game: Got to talk to some of the players before the game
during the warm-ups. We wished them luck in the game and they
were pleased to see some fans there supporting them. Chelle
Thompson hit everything during warm-ups and looked ready to
play. LJ was bouncing up the court (like a little girl) to
go shake hands with the refs.
Forget the 8x10 player cards, Phoenix gives out 11x14 posters
with the rosters on the back. I grabbed about 30 so once I
get back and put some aside for my peeps (Leighway, trinity...)
I will put some on Marketplace. And they had DT schedule magnets
and once they are put aside they will go up on Marketplace
Game Time: Oh how I wish we had an intro like the Mercury
have. It has to be one of the best I have seen. It opens with
a silhouette playing the drums and you hear Jet's "Are
you gonna be my girl" and the silhouette is Nikki McCray.
Then they show the rest of team (individually) playing basketball
in alleys, on the street and playing intruments like they're
the ones doing the song. It's really cool.
DT was on LJ like white on rice. She (DT) had a hold of LJ's
jersey so when LJ spun around it made her jersey lift up and
reveal everything under it. DT was placed on LJ alot
I think to really hustle her and it worked.
LJ had one play where she missed and got the board and then
missed and got the board...after the third miss they called
a foul and she yelled "S*IT" so loud everyone in
the arena must have heard her.
Greco was guarding DT while she was playing. She seemed to
keep up with her and limit DT's shooting.
On one play Christensen was on LJ and LJ elbowed her so hard
in the neck it's a surprise her head didn't pop off. She then
flopped to the floor but this time she had reason.
Bird: She was getting fouled all night long. One time she
got shoved into AD and fell at her feet and they didn't call
anything. The refs called the soft stuff but not the hard
stuff. Bird must have gotten fouled and fouled hard 5 or 6
times but they didn't call it.
Sam wears a black tank top under her jersey so when she wipes
her face with her jersey you don't see anything.
They called a foul on Tully late in the game and she didn't
do anything and LJ was arguing so much Tully had to hold her
back from the ref.
Greco: I heart her as much as the next person but the girl
needs to score. She needs to get confidence in her shot (or
something) enough to get her to shoot more. She must have
been open 2 or 3 times but she would pass it up instead of
backing herself. Please Greco shoot the ball, you have a sweet
LJ: The casual basketball fan wouldn't notice that LJ isn't
playing that great. But it was something that was made sure
of last night. Don't let the stats fool you ladies and gentelmen,
LJ isn't playing the way she should. Her injury is limiting
her energy and playing ability. She still puts up double-doubles
but imagine what she can do at full strength.
The team played like they had a week off. They made stupid
turnovers. LJ basically handed the ball to Penny Taylor in
one play. They didn't hustle for loose balls or get back on
D. Janell Burse is probably the only player that was hustling
KV: I have no answers for what has happened to her. It may
be that she has hit a wall from all the playing she does and
is just mentally tired atm. I hate to say it but I see her
coming off the bench for us in the near future (like LA or
Phoenix) and Janell getting the starting job.
Note to the man in front of us: If you made your belt one
notch tighter I wouldn't have to look at your crack everytime
you stood up.
Jen Gillom was at the game and at the after party.
Phoenix has nazi ushers. Shed said if one of them had
said another grumpy word to her she would have flipped.
Went to drown our sorrows with some Phoenix fans after the
game. The good thing was that they weren't just Phoenix
fans but true fans of the game and had lots of complimentary
things to say about Seattle. They were a great bunch
of people and we look forward to catching up with them again.
We invited them to Seattle.
America West is a nice arena now that it's been upgraded,
but they still need to do something with their scoreboard. For
the first 5 minutes of the game the board was blank so we
couldn't follow any of the stats It also doesn't accommodate
replays. For that you have to look to one of the end
or sides to see any sort of footage. Everytime we visit another
arena we are reminded how good we have it with the Key. It
really is a great venue.
Finally and most importantly, Brilliant, the rally monkey,
didn't fit in the bag, so wasn't taken to the game. This is
the real reason we didn't win.