score: Storm 86 Shock 67 (W) (18-11)
6862 (you people missed a good one)
Watch | Angelic little kids.
Psyche | New refs! New refs!
Highlight | Take your pick - Sue, LJ, Sheri,
Betty, Tully, Janell, Kamila - all had big time plays, but
I think the best one might have been Adia for 3 at the end
of the first half.
| Honoring local women Olympians, hosted by
| Betty got away with one.
Keyword of the Game | Aussie!
Photos | Game Photos (Scott
That was a barn burner. Not only did the Storm get punished
early on by the hyper energetic Shock and end up down by 14
(their biggest deficit at home this season?), but then the
Storm turned the tables with monster defense and confident
offense to blow the Shock out of the Key.
we came away with anything from tonight's game, it was that
the Storm have found their confidence once again. And not
just the starters. I think that the way the team played in
LA and Phoenix, even though they lost, may have reminded them
that they aren't LJ and the Laurenettes. Those big wins we
saw early in the season weren't all LJ, they were true team
efforts as was tonight's game.
didn't start out that way. Detroit was fast breaking on every
missed Storm basket and converting regardless of the Storm
transition defense. Before we knew what was happening, the
Shock were up big and looking nigh unstoppable. Their energy
was daunting. They were getting every rebound and streaking
down the court (the box score only credits the Shock with
8 fast break points - they had that in the first 3 or 4 minutes,
Donovan called a timeout at 14:00 left in the half. The Shock
were up by 13. She told them that the Shock had 10 of their
18 points from transition and told the team to run them down.
She said, "If you can't run, get off the court."
She also pointed at Sue, Sheri and Betty and told the three
of them to stop walking the ball up the court and allowing
the Shock to settle into their defense. She told them to run
it up and that if the play was breaking down it was their
responsibility to get it back into the offense. She said,
"Right now is when we get this game back. Right now."
David Locke pointed out after the game, the Storm proceeded
to go on a 41-14 run to blow the game open.
did it by closing out on the Shock's transition plays and
denying the early easy lay-ups. Once the Storm got the Shock
into a half-court offense, the Storm were able to force turnovers
and bad shots (or at least not-as-good shots).
was another one of those games when you would look up at the
scoreboard and all the sudden we're up by 6, then 10, then
best part of it was that it wasn't just Sue, Betty or LJ who
were doing the scoring. Sheri woke up and started taking shots
that she had been passing on the last few games. Janell fought
for every rebound and started hitting the chippies she's been
missing lately. Tully didn't score a lot, but she was in there
disrupting things and pestering the Shock guards. Adia got
her hair lightened or streaked blonde and it seemed to help
(or something did) because she was also taking shots that
the Shock were daring her to take. Yes, she missed the lay-ups,
but she wasn't hesitating or looking to pass the ball. When
she had an opening, she went. If she, Sheri and Janell keep
up their aggressive play, sooner or later those shots will
start falling and that will just make LJ and Sue's jobs that
that Sue needed too much help getting her offense in gear
tonight. She was a scoring machine. She had 23 points with
8 assists. It wasn't like Nolan or Powell were giving her
open looks, they were all over her. What she was doing that
made the difference was that she was taking smart shots. I
don't think you could say she forced a single shot, except
for a couple drives in the first half where it was pretty
obvious she was looking for a foul more than she was looking
for a basket. Other than those two errors, Sue played an almost
flawless game, and that helped her teammates find their shots
and confidence again.
was very quiet. She got her double figures to keep the streak
alive, but it was a long time in the first half before she
even touched the ball let alone take a shot. Riley and Ford
were all over her and Kamila and both of them had a rough
time. This game was extremely physical, which is what we all
expect from Detroit. The good news is that while Detroit may
have out-muscled LJ, they couldn't shut her down completely
and she hit some of the key baskets in the first half that
helped the Storm catch up and then fly past the Shock.
not going to blather about the refs. They were horrible, again.
I will say that Sue Blauch, #4, looked like she could be Coco
or Kelly Miller's older sister. That's about the best thing
I can come up with. They were bad going both directions, I'll
give them that, and Laimbeer even tried appealing to Coach
Donovan at one point to join him in an argument with the refs.
She didn't bite.
Minnesota lost and Phoenix won (and yes, it is always good
when LA loses, but we need Phoenix to lose more than LA right
now). Our "magic" number now sits at 2...
held court and gave audience to the Storm fan masses. She
was sitting courtside with her broken ankle propped up in
her scooter contraption and had quite an entourage surrounding
her before the game. All must pay homage to the ankle.
halftime, a group of local women Olympians were recognized
for their achievements. Summer Sanders "hosted"
and introduced each of the athletes.
addition to the normal video and photography team, there was
a guy with a digital video camera and a sound man working
the sidelines. They had on "WNBA Entertainment"
badges. I think they might have been shooting footage for
something other than the normal game video. I didn't ask since
they looked busy.
video entertainment during the game had the Storm players
answering who they thought would get voted off first and who
would win if the team played Survivor. It was pretty unanimous
that Adia would get voted off first because she "Likes
the finer things too much" (LJ) and is "Too high
maintenance" (Sue). They also all pretty much agreed
that Tully would be the winner because she has that "Outback