score: Storm 65 Monarchs 73 (L) (17-9)
Watch | Country
Psyche | Where's the other Olympian? You know,
the tall blonde one?
Highlight | Can't say that there was one.
| Jump rope team.
| DeMya got one in there for good measure,
but otherwise stayed on her feet (actually this was a bad
thing since it meant that the Monarchs' post players didn't
need to resort to flopping)
Keyword of the Game | Oi
Photos | Game Photos (Scott
most important thing about tonight is that we all keep Lauren
and her family in our thoughts. Lauren's grandmother is deathly
ill and LJ flew back to Australia to be with her family during
this emotional time. LJ's parents had not travelled to Athens
for the Olympics because of the grandmother's condition. LJ
was unaware of it and insisted that they be there. They finally
agreed and were there for the last couple of games, including
the gold medal match against the US. They let her know about
her grandmother's situation after the gold medal game. LJ
did fly back to Seattle, but upon hearing that her grandmother
took a turn for the worst, she decided to head home and be
there to support her family. We can only add our own support
was pretty clear that LJ's absence tonight was a blow to the
team as well. They all looked pre-occupied and a step slow.
But, dealing with the loss of a star player is what playoff
and championship teams need to do. I don't think it is feasible
that the team would be able to completely compensate for LJ's
offensive and defensive output for an extended period of time,
but for a couple of games - especially must win games like
the ones the team is facing - the Storm has to find those
points, rebounds, steals and blocks somewhere. Being a contender
means getting something from every player. We did not get
Janell, Adia and Kamila were 2-18, and many of those misses
were from 2 feet out. 4 more made chippies, and the final
score would have been tied, at least. All these four players
needed to do was shoot 30% and it might have won the game.
only thing that really kept the Storm in the game through
the first half were three-pointers and free throws. The Storm
was getting zilch in the paint. 47 of the Storm's 65 points
came from the guards.
Storm are facing what could be their toughest and most important
road trip of the season at Los Angeles and Phoenix this weekend.
This is the test of what this team is made of and how far
they can go. The playoffs start now and the Storm have to
play like there is no tomorrow. The absolute last thing this
team wants to do is limp into the playoffs, regardless of
who is suited up or not. They can do it. We know they can