score: Storm 87 San Antonio 57 (W) (7-7)
Watch | Seattle Gay and Lesbian Chorus
Psyche | This is more like it.
Highlight | The entire third quarter.
| Kids playing basketball.
Keyword of the Game | Re-Venge
Photos | Scott
E | Rick
the Cinderella story of the unbeatable Silver Stars road team
is finally and completely over. The Monarchs pushed them down
the ballroom stairs the other night and the Storm knocked
them back down, spit on their glass slippers and kicked Prince
Charming's ass for good measure tonight.
if this kind of game is what the Storm is capable of, then
do we get to be righteously unsatisfied when we see any effort
from them that is in anyway less than this? I don't mean that
I expect the Storm to win every game from here on out by 30
points, but I think it is reasonable to expect to see the
same kind of teamwork, determination and overall effort on
both ends of the court from here on out. If that happens,
the wins will work out on their own.
I get into all the chewy goodness from this game, there were
a couple bitter, nagging nasty bits that we need to cover.
Silver Stars had a horrible shooting night. Much of that should
be credited to the Storm's defense. However, the Silver Stars
were still able to get their three point shooters very, very
open and were able to get easy drives to the basket. Fortunately
for Seattle, those shots just weren't going in, but a missed
open jump shot is not something that a defense can take credit
for when they were 10 feet away from the shooter. If even
a few more of those shots went down for San Antonio and they
were able to steal a little momentum, the game would not have
been so easy for the Storm.
Storm bench, while instrumental in that amazing third quarter
performance (how many times have we had a good third quarter
this season?), were still unable to produce anything significant
at the end of the game. Yes, the game was out of reach for
the Stars in the last 6+ minutes (heck, it was over at the
end of the third quarter), but to only be able to score a
couple of baskets over several minutes against the other team's
bench is again something that the Storm desperately need to
fix. This was the same kind of stagnation that happened at
the end of that Phoenix game when the Storm got stuck at 94
and had several minutes of game left. This situation wasn't
as bad, so I guess there has been some improvement, but more
improvement is needed.
here are the things that I saw that I think are definitely
in the "good sign" category:
played an incredibly smart game. She was in complete control
of herself and on several occasions drove hard to the basket
and when she found herself cut off dished the ball to an open
teammate who was then able to easily score. Seeing her do
this over and over was like seeing a ray of divine light break
through the dark clouds and illuminate the KeyArena court
with heavenly light. Betty is a scoring threat — of
that there is no doubt. If she keeps doing what she did tonight,
she becomes a major threat and ultimately much more effective
on offense. She was only credited with 1 assist in the box
score. I would have given her at least 4.
did not take many shots, but she picked her spots and hit
the big momentum-propelling baskets that she needed to hit.
I understand Coach Donovan's insistence that Sue look to score
more often, but I think that Sue is sometimes more effective
when she not looking to score first. Sue seems to have a perfect
sense for when it's time for her to take a shot — when
her team is floundering and needs a boost or when her team
is starting to make a move and needs that big shot to really
get the momentum rolling. You look at LJ or Betty and when
they score it's great, but not necessarily a momentum builder.
When Sue scores, it's always at the right moment and it always
seems to have a bigger effect than just another 2 or 3 points.
Anyway, she had 3 of these big shots tonight for sure.
was brilliant and didn't look slowed down by her shins at
all. What can you say about 27 points and 7 rebounds in 24
minutes? The only knock against her tonight was that her side-to-side
movement was slow and she allowed Sophia Young to drive in
for easy layups too many times.
and Izi both seemed to get their grooves back. I was especially
glad to see them both play with much more energy than we've
seen in the last few games. They refused to give up on rebounds
or loose balls and really fought for it. Likewise, all of
the Storm seemed to have gotten the memo about protecting
the ball better after rebounds. How many times in the past
few games have the opponents been able to steal back rebounds
because the Storm player who got the ball was too casual with
it? Tiffani, Janell, Betty and Shaun all were ripping down
rebounds and aggressively protecting the ball until they could
pass it out to a guard. Gortman had one rebound that she fought
for against 3 Silver Stars. It looked like she was trapped
against the baseline and was sure to lose the ball or step
out of bounds. She kept moving, bobbing and weaving until
she got an open spot and passed the ball out of traffic. It
was a small play, but it was a telling play and a good sign
that the Storm are addressing their turnover and rebounding
so here we are smack dab in the thick of things again in the
Western Conference — not that we were really out
of it. The Storm need to bring this kind of effort plus a
little extra for their next three killer games — at
Houston on Sunday, here against Sac on Tuesday and then at
LA on Wednesday. These three games are golden opportunities
for the Storm to even out the West, retake their rightful
place as an elite team in the conference and set themselves
up for a strong stretch in July.
game felt... right. The crowd was into it big time. The people
running the big screen seemed to back off a bit and let the
crowd do their thing. It felt like the good old days of the
last couple seasons.
was Breast Health Awareness night — pink was everywhere.
Edna Campbell was at the game and looked absolutely faboo.
She and all the breast cancer survivors at the game were recognized.
It was both awesome to see these women who have faced such
a terrifying disease stand and be counted and distressing
to see how many women were standing, how many women this disease
has touched. Great work has been done to fight this disease
but there's a long way to go.
Pride weekend, or at least the couple of days before the Pride
parade on Sunday, there were all sorts of booths set up on
the concourse for gay and lesbian organizations handing out
don't know if the Storm front office has been reading our
Forum or not, but the pregame music was different. No, they
still played Survivor during the video before the intros,
but they did some sort of techno remix of Thunderstruck for
the introductions. It was faster and easier to clap to, but
I don't know if ACDC and techno remixes, well, mix. I'm sure
this will be a point of discussion on the Forum.