whole first half, I was thinking "we're on ESPN2 and
wow is this a low scoring game..." In fact, Mercury
had 6 points 6 or 8 minutes after tip-off.
Either Mercury are really good at defending the paint or we
just sucked at getting the ball into the post. We had
way too many turnovers in the first half, unsucessfully trying
to get the ball inside.
Poor KV, she was getting so banged up inside & missing
some close shots (probably due to the unfair fouling on her).
She looked like she was trying really hard though.
I thought AD was going to blow up after a very bad pass. She
covered her head with her hands and asked for a timeout.
Betty, betty...I love this girl. She was grabbing a
lot of rebounds for us, admist of tall posts. Just stretched
her arm high, and snatched that ball down. She was a
HUGE factor tonight. I didn't any any out of control
shooting from her at all. I think she knows what she
needs to improve on and does make a sincere effort to do so.
Mercury lost something in the locker room while we brought
something out. The whole second half was just awesome
to watch. LJ had consecutive beautiful turnaround jumpers.
She and Birdie were having some "Bird Jackson Connection"
(someone made this sign) moments. Sam and Barnes played
good D. Burse had monster blocks (!) Betty took
good shots. Our lead grew and grew and at one point
I thought we just migh beat them by 39 points. But hey,
I will take the win. I attribute the second-half greatness
to AD's coaching and the players' willingness to hang in there
and play their hearts out.
Birdie played very tight D on Taurasi the whole night. I
know Sue wasn't the only one who guarded her, but she almost
completely shut Taurasi down when she did guard her. They
were both very physical too. Taurasi missed at least
three fade away jumpers and did not look happy with herself
tonight. There was a foul on Bird that had something
to do with her holding DT. Sue was not a happy girl.
She looked so mad and kept trying to explain to the
ref. Finally she just said "whatever" and
went away. She was getting hurt a lot tonight too....a
headknock here, a fall there...ouch.
LJ started the game with a pony tail, but when she came out
after half time, she had a braid. Hmm...how many times
has the "change" happened this season already?
During the team huddle after Sue's breakaway layup, I saw
LJ put Sue's head under her arm and kissed her forehead. Awww...
When the benchies went in to finish the last 3-4 minutes,
they still played very hard. The starters were rooting
for them, jumping up and down whenever any one of them made
a basket/good play. Greco was hustling, making the most
of her minutes. Thompson had a great play, I just don't
remember what. Tully missed 3-4 free throws and finally
made her last one. She looked so relieved. LJ
looked really cute being all excited.
During one timeouts, they was a "Shoot like Sue"
game. Yu have to make a layup to get a storm hat, make
a jumper for something (can't remember), and make a hook shot
on the free throw line to get courtside tix (with $200 paid
by Sue). They showed a video with Sue doing all these
shots..at one point she said "hey I just can't miss tonight.
I feel like Lauren Jackson"
Sonics player Reggie Evans was in attendance. He looked
like he enjoyed the game.
need to bottle whatever stuff AD uncorks on the Storm during
halftime and feed it to 'em before the game!! I don't know
what kind of motivational speaking style she favors... Patton
or Tony Robbins... but whatever she says, it seems to work.
The Other Wing wondered to Eclair at halftime whether it was
she following the Storm up the ramp to the locker room, and
Eclair denied it. Turns out that OW confused Jenny Boucek
and Eclair. There is a resemblance, wethinks.
Janelle Burse is showing some moves!! She had a nice twisting
move to score one time, and showed excellent persistance with
rebounds. Seems to be getting better and better each game.
Sass, honey... Shaq called... he needs his shorts back.
I know that, as the Storm/WNBA gets more popular, we will
need to accomodate the newer fans that may or may not have
the same level of basketball knowledge as we StormFans. HOWEVER.
If the leather-lunged and ignorant "gentleman" sitting
behind me ever dares to call Kamila a "beeyotch"
again, I will have to take action. 'Nuff said.
--I loves me some Tully. What a scrapper. The Opals just need
to use our game films as her audition... and they'd be darn
fools to leave her off the Oly team.
Ms. DeForge, keep your hands off the referee's rumps, wouldya
please? Having a conversation about a call, then leaving them
with a slap on the tushie is just so tacky.
Was that really Ann Meyers at the ESPN table? If so, this
spanking seems a bit sweeter.
I don't know who enjoyed Simone's success more, her or LJ.
Lauren was just falling over herself laughing with glee towards
DT is definitely the real thing. Nice touch on the shot, amazing
mobility for her size. She will do well. Just not in our house.
Danielle McCulley was in the house, sitting up in the back
of section 111. About three different Stormies tried to launch
a T-shirt up to her after the game, but none of 'em could
throw it that far... much to Danielle's glee. Where's Brock
Huard when you need him?
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