score: Storm 87 Sting 55 (W) (17-8)
Watch | The Seattle All-Star marching band.
Psyche | Well this is fun.
Highlight | Pony-tail first half, braid second
half. Everybody plays, everybody scores.
| Another dribble, pass and shoot drill.
| The flopometer was unused.
Keyword of the Game | Wow.
Photos | Game Photos (Scott
this monster game up to a good hair day, for which I take
the season ticket holder open practice event this morning,
I asked Coach Donovan about Lauren's hair — specifically
if LJ knew that when she had a ponytail during the first half
and then came out in the second half with a braid she usually
dominated. Oh, and no more buns. LJ shook her head and didn't
say anything, but mostly had a "Is there anything these
crazy people don't notice?" look on her face. Later,
at her book signing appearance at Bulldog News, I asked her
what she thought about it and she said she didn't have time
before the game to do anything with her hair so it was staying
in the bun.
when we got to our seats before the game... she had a ponytail.
Sure enough, she dominated in the first half and the Storm
lead by 20.
the team came back out of the tunnel for the second half...
win by 32.
welcome, my fellow Storm fans. I turned to Angie at the end
of the game and said that if the ponytail/braid combo means
the USA loses the Athens gold medal, I may have to flee the
country. I'll deal with that eventuality when it gets here.
For now, let's all revel in the power of the hair.
this was a textbook complete team effort from the opening
tip to Trina Frierson's basket to end the game. The Storm
flat out tore up the Key and played like the Sting were cardboard
cutouts. The only thing keeping me from going into total hyperbole
over this game is that there was this thing that happened
last Tuesday in which a certain team was blugeoned by 25.
All I can say is the Sting looked like we felt on Tuesday.
Storm could almost do no wrong. Except for some missed free
throws, absolutely everything was going the Storm's way. One
of Angie's favorite things to yell is "Rebound!"
Part way through the first half as the Storm were leading
in the rebounding column 20-5, she turned to me and said that
she didn't need to keep reminding them this game.
Storm had 20 assists on 30 made shots — a solid sign
that they were successfully running their offense against
a team who runs THE EXACT SAME OFFENSE. During the last Seattle/Charlotte
game, Coach Donovan had to tell Sue to stop flashing the hand
sign for their plays because the Sting knew what they meant
and were able to counter them. Tonight, it didn't matter.
The Storm played their game, dicated the tempo from start
to finish and kept the Sting reeling the whole way.
cool thing was that during the morning practice, the Storm
bench played as the Sting and would run some of the Sting's
favorite plays so that the starters could work on figuring
out how to stop them. It worked because every time Dawn Staley
would give the single for their key plays, Sue would give
the signal too and sure enough the Storm would read it and
be there in the passing lanes or deny the post — where
ever the ball was going they were there. It was beautiful.
only real positive for the Sting was Nicole Powell who was
able to break free a few times for some open three-pointers.
Other than that — cha, I don't think so.
don't think you could even credit the refs for calling the
game against the Sting since they made just as many boneheaded
calls against the Storm as they did against Charlotte. We
were all worried about the refs before the game when we say
that it was the Ultimate Trio of Evil — Roy "Blindman"
Gulbeyan, Darla "Shudder" Foutz and Kurt "Fonzie"
Walker. They did call some weird stuff, no doubt about that,
but it could have been so much worse.
the Storm players contributed. The only Seattle player who
didn't hit a basket was Adia, but she was driving with some
authority and was fouled so she picked up her points from
the free throw line. Greco had a couple amazing drives and
layups — she has to be a keeper for next year. Thompson
had two jumpers, including a three. Simone passed on a few
open looks late in the game when she should have turned and
shot the ball. but did get a chippy. Tully came up huge with
10 big points and would ran back up the court pointing at
the bench every time she got a basket. I don't know if you
can get a technical for taunting your own bench, but I think
she was doing a "nyah nyah" to either LJ or Sheri.
And not to be left out of the scoring fun, Trina Frierson
hit her first basket with two seconds left on the clock. The
place went wild.
are a couple interesting stats from this game:
outscored the Sting starters 25-23
bench outscored the Sting starters 26-23
Storm had almost as many offensive rebounds (18) as the Sting
had total rebounds (19).
bench players actually helped to build upon the lead every
time they went in.
can you say after a performance like this? The Storm closed
out their run before the Olympic break on an enormous high,
winning 7 out of their last 8 games. They are firmly in second
place in the West and have kept pace with the Sparks for the
best record in the league and eventual home court advantage
throughout the playoffs. The Storm are one of three teams
with a .500 or better road record — another major goal
for them this year, and they have the best home record at
11-2. The Storm have positioned themselves as best they could
for the playoff push in September. And, they've left all of
us hungry for more.
a good break. Good luck to Lauren, Sue and Coach Donovan in
the Olympics. Please come back healthy and ready to stride
confidently into the playoffs. As David Locke said at the
end of the post-game interviews, only one national team may
win the Olympic gold, but LJ and Sue can both share the WNBA
source of pregame nervousness for the Storm faithful —
the Sting ended their shoot around with a little "who
can hit the half court shot" game of their own (the Storm
had one earlier today at the open practice which Tully won).
The big difference between the Storm's version of this and
the Sting's version was that all the Sting players who tried
the shot eventually MADE the shot, except for Feaster. It
was fun to watch, but we were getting a little worried there.
game was televised on FSN and boy was their sideline cameraman
super aggressive when it came to getting Sue or what. He followed
her around and had his camera inches from her face at all
times. She was juking and jiving to lose him, but he was persistent.
I wanted to know why he needed to be that close — don't
those cameras have a zoom feature?
group who works very hard at each game finally got their due
tonight - the ball kids. They were introduced before the game
and were each able to get the spotlight for a few minutes.
To all who distribute the water and chewing gum ("The
red, no, the yellow," — a common Adia Barnes quote),
fetch the warmups, track down the towels, and keep the supply
of basketballs flowing during the shootarounds, we here at
Stormfans.org salute you.
were many Olympic-themed signs at the game tonight. I hope
that some of them made it on the broadcast (we tried to TiVo
the game, but since it was listed as an NBAtv game on TiVo
but was shown locally on FSN, we got 2 hours of nothing -
got ambushed in the stands across from us by a group of fans
wielding silly string cans. They coated him up real good in
retaliation for the many times he has gotten them with the
sticky stuff this season. Not to be outdone, he came back
in the second half with two silly string SWAT style mini-guns
and was able to completely spray several rows of seats. This
can only escalate into nuclear silly string first strikes.
This silly cycle can only by a bilateral MASS policy —
Mutually Assured Silly Stringing. (Okay, maybe too old of
a reference for the younger readers — ask your parents).
Veal was back up in the family and friends section. Apparently,
she is the "stylist" who bleached out LJ's hair.
I think Kristen needs to stick with the point guard position.
Sutton-Brown doesn't sweat. She perspires. A lot.
Feaster was blowing bubbles with her chewing gum as she played
the game. It was kind of funny to see her popping a bubble
right before taking one of the Storm guards off a screen and
driving to the basket.
FSN media people had picture rosters of both teams taped to
the sides of their cameras so they would know who to look
for when the director told them to zero in on a specific player.
seems that Nike has been outfitting the star players on each
team with their own personalized shoes. Dawn Staley had a
pair on with orange stripping and the number "5"
embroidered on the sides, like Sue's "Birdy" shoes
and LJ's "15" pair.