score: Storm 85 Mystics 83 OT (W) (13-7)
Watch | Not bad, she definitely had volume
Psyche | So that's why the refs need police
escorts off the court.
Highlight | The last 6 seconds - LJ stuffs
#1 and Sue drives for the game winner.
| Skills contest (and lots of fan bitching
about the refs).
| The Storm got away with a couple. The Mystics
got away with one that was so obvious, the fans almost rushed
the floor in order to make sure that Roy Gulbeyan's ref whistle
would become a permanent part of his anatomy.
Keyword of the Game | AHHHHHHHH!!!! - both
in the good way, and the bad way.
Photos | Game Photos (Scott
the pulse and get the defib paddles ready just in case —
if this game didn't test your heart, you may already be dead.
for those Storm fans who missed this one (Norwester, Eclair,
StormFan7, etc), boy did you miss one. Begin kicking yourselves.
had a pretty good feeling about this game after watching the
Storm during the shoot around. They all looked relaxed and
confident. Both Simone and Adia were playing with kids, Kamila
and Betty took extra time on their shots after most of the
team went into the locker room. The Mystics, on the other
hand, were fairly subdued during their warmups and except
for Tamicha Jackson, who had a couple of the ball kids do
some rapid fire passes so that she could do some rapid shooting
drills, looked a little tired or jet lagged.
were saving it for the game apparently.
teams' pre-game demeanors went out the door once the ball
was tipped. The Mystics suddenly had more energy and were
hitting everything from every range, including a rash of threes
one after another that pumped up their lead quickly. The Storm
ran with them for the first few minutes but lost their focus
and started committing unforced turnovers right and left with
bad passes, bad catches and playing very tentatively. They
were telegraphing their passes or hesitating so long to the
get ball into the post that the Mystics were able to set up,
anticipate and get a hand in or steal the ball. According
to the box score, the Storm ended the game with 15 turnovers.
I think that should have been a lot higher since they had
close to 15 turnovers in the first freaking half.
pain didn't stop. Dales-Schuman, Beard, Page and Sandford
were punishing the Storm defenders with an effective mix of
outside jumpers and deep post moves. Yes, the Storm held Chamique
to 0 points until late in the second half, but the Mystics
were still able to build a 16 point lead in the first half.
16 points. The Storm have only been down that far in a game
one other time this season — to the Mystics at MCI Center
on July 7 — and I can't (or don't want to) remember
the last time the Storm were down 16 at home.
I said above, the Storm were playing really sloppily and were
out of sync. The point guards were back to telling the other
players where to go because people were out of position. LJ
was barking at a couple players because the passes to her
were coming late or were getting picked off by the Mystics.
Sue, after a couple of those passes, was benched - after only
about 5 minutes had been played in the game. I don't ever
remember Sue getting benched because of mistakes that early
in the game. The Storm players and coaches were all showing
disturbing signs of frustration.
lowest point in the first half had to be when the Storm were
coming out of a time out and Sue started questioning Coach
Donovan who was supposed to play the 3 spot. She was in with
both Tully and Betty. Coach had been playing a 3-guard lineup
already, so that in itself wasn't a source of confusion, but
who was supposed to play the small forward apparently hadn't
been identified during the timeout. Sue was holding up three
fingers and asking "Who's the 3? Who's the 3?" Coach
was visibly irritated, benched Sue and put in Sheri. It was
not a pretty sight to see both Sue and Coach Donovan so frustrated
with each other. I would have to go back to the Lin Dunn era
to dredge up a coach/player exchange that comes close to what
happened between Sue and Coach Donovan tonight.
was also laying into the other players too, and with good
reason I think. She was going nuts because the perimeter defenders
were giving Alana and Stacey so much room, especially after
they started draining threes. She was going nuts because the
post defenders were getting beat on the baseline or were allowing
the Mystics posts to get deep position. After one Mystic baseline
drive in the early second half, she turned to the bench and
said, "The same play again and again and again."
refs were so incredibly bad that I thought my forehead was
going to explode from all the screaming I was doing. Some
examples: Janell was getting a rebound and a Mystics player
came flying in from behind Janell and bowled into Janell's
back. Janell got called for the foul. Just about every out
of bounds call was botched. Either the ref on the baseline
would hold up his hands and look for the sideline refs to
make the call even though he had been looking right at the
play or he would make a call and one of the sideline refs
whose view had been blocked overturns his call. Or worst of
all, they would make a call and Chamique would overturn it.
Yes, she is that multidimensional. Roy "I am Satan Spawn"
Gulbeyan actually overturned an out of bounds call because
Chamique told him he was wrong. One of my other favorites
is when one of our players got plastered and knocked to the
floor because a Mystic screener (I think it was Melvin) was
moving on the screen and hip checked the Storm player. Who
got the foul called? The Storm player massaging her ribs on
the floor of course. The Mystics were visibly holding Kamila
and Janell — and I don't mean they were grabbing wrists
or jerseys, I mean they were wrapping their arms around the
Storm players. No call. Storm drives to the basket were met
with slaps, pushes and hacks. No calls. Hey Roy, Will Smith
called and wants to do a new movie about you call "I,
actually left during the first half.
Storm were lucky to get out of the half down by only 9, thanks
to a couple quick baskets including an LJ three to end the
So here we were in uncharted territory — for this season
anyway — and the question was how would the Storm respond
to the Mystics, the refs and their clear frustrations with
start the second half by playing great defense, erasing the
Mystics lead and going ahead themselves. The refs were ignored,
the Mystics were shut down and, oh yeah, Lauren went off.
Storm were only able to get as much as a three point lead
before the Mystics gathered themselves and started playing
again. With about 15 minutes left, the two teams started trading
baskets and it was tight the rest of the way. Amazingly, the
Mystics held off the Storm and kept the game even without
Chamique, who didn't get a score until the clock was down
to 7 minutes. Whoever was guarding her at the time was either
seriously faked out or just guessed horribly wrong because
all the sudden Chamique had an open baseline. She dribbled
in and had time to set and shoot. It was such a good looking
shot that I knew she might use that one shot as a way of getting
her confidence back and go off. It's probably a good thing
that it happened so late in the game, because she pretty quickly
scored 3 more times. It was a little distressing to keep hearing,
"Chamique Holdsclaw" over the arena PA.
good news is that as Chamique started to assert herself, the
Storm were able to keep the other Mystics from scoring and
kept hitting huge baskets themselves to keep the game in reach.
LJ blocked a Holdsclaw layup and Betty ran down and hit a
free throw line jumper to tie the game with about a minute
and a half left. Neither team was able to get another shot
before the end of the game.
go into OT. Check the heart monitors.
overtime picked right up with the same back and forth and
trading baskets. The last play of the game, tied on 2 LJ free
throws, clock down to 25 seconds and the Mystics have the
ball and take a timeout. Chamique gets the inbounds and holds
the ball out beyond the three point line with LJ guarding
her. With about 9 seconds on the clock, she starts her move,
jukes LJ a little to get some room and goes up for a jump
shot. LJ stuffs the ball completely and Sue grabs it, runs
the floor and hits the game winning layup. 2 seconds left.
The Mystics try to inbound after a timeout, but miss —
LJ blocked Chamique, the place erupted only to triple in volume
a half second later when Sue picked up the ball and then go
unglued when Sue made the layup. Seeing the replay, Sue masterfully
screened out the Mystics defender with her back and rear end
as she went up for the shot. There was no way the Mystics
player was going to have a chance at touching the ball or
altering the shot, and if she had tried there was no way she
couldn't have fouled Sue because of the way Sue used her body.
Ice in the veins, baby.
then, and THEN we find out the LA/SAC game is down to the
wire with the Monarchs leading, holding on for the eventual
doesn't get much better than this.
Sue and LJ both get the floor interview with David Locke and
we find out that the team has set the goal of going 6-0 to
finish out before the Olympic break. One down.
went to the Bite of Seattle with Jezzie and Pwe before the
game to get some good eats. We walked around, I contained
myself from going into pedestrian road rage, and sample the
culinary offerings. We also passed some damn dirty hippies
who were engaging in some dumpster love — they were
sitting on the ground, leaning up against two overflowing
dumpsters and cuddling. This is why drugs are bad, people.
Storm had a booth right at one of the entrances to the Bite,
which was good to see, and had a huge banner up at the east
entrance to the Key that said "Storm game tonight,"
which was also good to see.
DeForge was not in the building tonight.
Woodward's baby was in the building and has shockingly blue
eyes and a tussle of blond hair - super cute.
of the timeout activities they usually do entails blindfolding
a little kid and letting them wander around trying to find
Doppler while the crowds cheers or boos depending on whether
the kid is going in the right direction or not. Tonight they
did it a with a little twist. It was a woman who was blindfolded
and when she found "Doppler," it was really her
boyfriend on his knee offering her a ring in marriage. She
must have said yes because he looked like a happy camper as
they left the floor.
had his crazy string gun out a couple of times, once for a
birthday girl like usual and again on some guy behind the
south basket. The guy apparently decided to not fight it and
helpfully turned around and around so Doppler could totally
cake him with silly string.
we had the massive Bite of Seattle going on in every square
inch of the Seattle Center, offering every kind of food you
could want. What does Leighway and BirdJackVodka do before
the game? Eat pizza at Pagliachi's a few blocks away. No culture.
Socks was in town and kept her personal Storm win streak alive.
The Storm have not lost at home when she has been in the Key.
She'll be here for the rest of this home stand and that's
a good thing (re: 6-0 before the OGs).