score: Storm 87 Silver Stars 89 (L) (3-3)
Watch | An elementary school choir. I'm sorry
to say, but they were either really off or they were trying
some really avant garde disharmony thing.
Psyche | What happened?
Highlight | LJ hitting a bunch of threes (but
not much else).
| Kids dance group.
Keyword of the Game | &#$*@
Photos | Scott
E | Rick
23 | Scott
one hurt. The Storm should not have lost that game, regardless
of what San Antonio's road success has been. The Storm had
a 14 point lead and lost it. They had a 7 point lead with
something like 4 minutes left and lost that. They had better
shooting all around and had about half the turnovers they've
coughed up in their other games.
The Storm got demolished on rebounding and that was the killer,
and I don't understand how they let the Silver Stars outrebound
them. Feenstra was a non-factor. Anderson was a non-factor,
yet the Silver Stars nearly doubled up the Storm's rebound total.
There is no way Sophia Young, who was playing LJ much of the
time, should have been able to out position, out muscle and
out jump LJ who has several inches on Young and longer arms.
None of the Storm shooters were following their shots and no
one was boxing out. The Silver Stars had almost as many offensive
rebounds as the Storm had rebounds.The Silver Stars guards had
nearly as many rebounds as the entire Storm team. Totally unacceptable.
the Storm started the game strongly, holding the Silver Stars
to 17 points. The Storm forced two early shot clock violations
and looked like they were finally on track to really put the
clamps down on their opponent while continuing to score a
ton of points. They were easily on pace to hit another 90+
wheels started coming off in the second quarter and through
the third quarter. The Storm's offense stalled and they couldn't
get anything in the paint. LJ was held to 6 points in the
first half. It was frustrating to watch because it didn't
seem like the Storm guards were even trying to get her the
ball when she was on the post. Like I said, she had either
Sophia Young, listed at 6' 1' - but I don't believe it, or
Chantelle Anderson, a player who typically gets night terrors
when faced with guarding LJ. Luckily LJ got her three point
shot to fall or she would have been facing another rare single
digit scoring night.
and Izi carried the load in the early first half for scoring.
Izi started the game looking like she was the Storm's number
one scorer, hitting two threes and driving hard to the basket
when she had the slightest advantage over her defender. Sue
was also looking to score and hit some key threes and a couple
of her runners.
as soon as the aggressive offense tailed off — maybe
the Storm felt too comfortable after their great first quarter,
who knows — so did their aggressive defense and all
the sudden Vicki Johnson, Sophia Young and Kendra Wecker start
lighting things up for the Stars.
second quarter was night and day to the first for the Storm.
They went almost 5 minutes with only a few free throws for
scoring. All the while, San Antonio is chipping away at the
lead and running circles around the Storm. The Storm's shooting
and defensive (and rebounding) drought continued through the
third quarter and into the fourth. Finally, in the last few
minutes of the game, the Storm started to rebound the ball.
By then, the Silver Stars had tied up the game and were threatening
to pull ahead.
Things got a little weird in the late fourth quarter. Coach
Donovan sat LJ with about 5:40 on the clock and didn't bring
her back in until about 2:30. Betty was on the bench with Gortman
getting tons of playing time. Gortman is looking good, but why
sit Betty for so long, and then why bring her in for the last
play cold and expect her to tie the game and force overtime?
Storm built a 7 point cushion with about 4 minutes left, but
allowed the Silver Stars to penetrate and score (usually with
a foul to boot), get clean jumps shots off of screens and
then were unable to do any scoring themselves. It was almost
the same kind of pull back we saw after the first quarter.
They got a lead, relaxed a bit and let the Stars back in the
Storm catch a break when Young misses a free throw and Janell
gets the rebound. With 7 seconds left, the Storm bring in
Betty for Gortman, inbound to Betty who drives to her right,
loses her defender (who went sprawling), and misses an open
jumper to tie the game. She might have had enough time to
keep running and get a layup — she had a completely
open path to the basket — but she took the jumper instead.
It bounces out, Izi gets the rebound with a second left but
isn't able to get a shot off before the buzzer sounds. Game
over. Loss 2 at home.
one hurt because the Storm were in control early and let it
go. The Silver Stars didn't really do anything that stood
out to me that showed they were a better team than the Storm,
other than not give up and to keep fighting for the whole
40 minutes. If the Storm take anything away from this game,
I hope it is a firm realization that there can be no let downs
against any team out there. All the other teams in the league
have gotten better — some a lot better —
and it really is going to take total focus and a complete
effort to win games. We've got a 5-game road trip looming
with 4 of the 5 sure to be extremely tough. There isn't a
whole lot of time to get the rough edges polished away.
Palmer was in street clothes with a boot on her left foot
and ankle. It's her achilles tendon. No word yet on how serious
it is or if it is just an old injury flaring up. Angie asked
the Storm's trainer about it before the game. Annemarie only
smiled and said she couldn't tell. Angie would have to read
about it in the paper. Luckily, David Locke came walking by
later and I got the info from him.
choo-choo thing got close to getting the Storm in trouble
tonight. It took much longer to clear the kids off the court
and the refs had to hold up the game. June was starting to
look perturbed. I'm telling you, we're going to get a delay
of game sooner or later. If it had happened tonight, it would
have resulted in a technical foul since the Storm already
had one delay of game.
brother Clarence was in a sparkly purple suit that was just
about the loudest thing he's worn to date.
Storm ticket rep Susie Jarosch was at the the game —
she's now a sports
agent and represents Shanna Zolman from the Silver Stars.
She also represents UW grad Kristen O'Neill, among others,
who was also at the game.