score: Storm 76 Silver Stars 52 (W) (9-4)
Watch | That's what it sounds like when they
just sing the damn song and don't try to use it as an American
Psyche | That felt a lot better.
Highlight | Sue shooting the lights out.
| Don't remember.
Photos | Game
Photos (Scott Larson)
didn't write this right after the game like I should have,
so it will be short.
highlights are that the Storm found their happy place once
again and took the Silver Stars out to the KeyArena woodshed.
Sue was brilliant and obviously took it upon herself to make
up for Betty's lost offense. Adia played inspired defense
and seemed to be everywhere during the first half getting
steals, rebounds and tipping passes. Sheri came up huge as
well with a double double, plus 5 assists and 3 steals. Kamila
kept Dydek in check as much as anyone can on defense and went
straight at her on offense (Kamila juked Margo out of her
shoes on one play, but bobbled the ball on the way up unfortunately).
The bench came up big as well and gave Coach Donovan some
lowlights are that Michelle, Tully and Kamila all took hits
and came out limping. The big injury came during the second
half when Chelle Thompson came down from trying to get a rebound
and hit Semeka Randall across the bridge of her nose. Semeka
went down, passed out, and it took the training staffs from
both teams to get her up and off the floor. On the way out,
we got a good look at her nose - it was visibly broken. I
see another face mask in the future.
of broken noses, Betty made an appearance on the bench during
the first half, but did not come back out for the end of the
game. That was probably best because she was in a lot of discomfort.
I asked on the training crew about her and they said that
she was nauseous and had a headache from getting her nose
reset. She looked dizzy and every time people clapped or cheered,
she could only hold her forehead because of the pain.
steeled ourselves for a horrible officiating night when we
saw that Lisa "The Evil Zebra Princess" Mattingly
and Kurt "Fonzie" Walker were on hand. They made
a couple eye-rolling calls, but otherwise called the game
fairly evenly - without calling all the fouls on one team
and then deciding to make for it by calling the rest of the
fouls on the other team.
there was room for some improvement - some gimme layups were
missed and a couple of fastbreaks broke down. But, I think
that might be more of a concentration issue and not anything
that can't be addressed easily. When you're up by 20+, it's
understandable that you might relax a bit. But if it had been
any other team, those kinds of minor mental lapses could have
hurt. But, on a night when the Storm hold players like Marie
Ferdinand and Peewee Johnson to 10 points combined, a couple
missed layups aren't that big a deal.
purple courtside couch is now sponsored by Herbal Essences,
so Doppler came out wearing only a bath towel and a shower
cap to lead the people who won the upgrade to the couch. That
was a lot of red fur and not a scene that we need to see again.
Won't someone please think of the children?
was sporting black shin wraps on both legs. It must have helped
because she seemed more comfortable and mobile than she has
the reason Greco wears #20 is because that is the point differential
the Storm need to reach before she comes in.
people were wearing nose bandages to show support to Betty,
including a wee bandage on baby Jake's button. Someone got
Betty's attention and she gave as much as a smile as she could
broke off the end of the scorer's table near the end of the
game when she jumped up from her chair (I can't remember if
she was celebrating something good or jumping up to get after
the refs). She couldn't get it to fit back on so she had to
hand it back to the bench staff.
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