score: Storm 68 Monarchs 53 (W) (8-8)
Watch | Pat Wright from the Total Experience
Gospel Choir. I missed it unfortunately, but I was told it
was incredible (as usual).
Psyche | Into the game, feeling more and more
like it's supposed to.
Highlight | Betty's energized play in the
third quarter and her 6 steals.
| Awards recognizing women who are local community
Keyword of the Game | Turning point.
Photos | Scott
E | Rick
missed the first quarter and half of the second (work). I
caught the first quarter score of 14-17 and thought it was
going to be a long, ugly game. It was, but much moreso for
the Monarchs than for the Storm.
Storm started to turn things around right about the time I
got to my seat, at about 6 minutes left in the second quarter.
The Monarchs were up by 5 at that point and looking like they
might start to put a little distance between themselves and
the time Angie had finished giving me the rundown of what
I had missed, the Storm were fighting their way back into
the game. The Monarchs went cold and the Storm started really
scrapping for rebounds, of which there were plenty. The Storm
took the lead and pretty much didn't look back the rest of
another solid third quarter, the Storm were able to put the
Monarchs on their heels and pull ahead. The fourth quarter
was a test in maintaining the lead with LJ and/or Sue on the
bench. The bench didn't perform all that well again, so LJ
had to come back in and ended up playing more than her 25-minute
limit. Unfortunately, she took a couple whacks to the head
and neck that had the trainer making a bee-line towards her
on a timeout. LJ waved the trainer off, but she looked like
she was going to have a stiff neck later on.
was not very surprised to hear that Barbara Turner got the
start at the 3 position instead of Izi. Izi only had a few
minutes on the court and looked nothing like her normal self.
She was overly tentative and sloppy with the ball. Coach Donovan
said in a news article recently that she didn't want to bench
Izi and risk "losing her" or messing with Izi's
confidence. Well, it looked pretty bad out there for Iziane.
She's going to have to work her way back into the flow of
the rotation if she wants to get more than 5 or 6 minutes
and Gortman seemed to jump at the chance for additional playing
time and did pretty well. Gortman played some solid defense
on Powell through the third quarter and was able to keep the
ball out of Powell's hands much of the time. Neither Shaun
nor Barb did a whole lot on offense. We probably shouldn't
count on the two of them to produce more than about 10 points
combined. Their defense is going to have to shine though so
that their lack of consistent offense doesn't hurt the team.
was another "Put in Edwige" sign behind the north
basket. I have to agree. The coaches decided to make a change
at the 3 to give the team a better chance at winning —
I think it's time to make a change at the back-up point guard
spot too. Tanisha just isn't doing it as a point guard. She's
got shooting guard written all over her — let her do
what comes naturally. Give Edwige more playing time and the
opportunity to prove herself one way or the other.
yet another episode of General Storm Hospital, one of our
players, this time it was Betty, popped another of our players,
Tiffani, in the nose hard enough to make it bleed. TJ came
off the court and got some gauze stuffed up her left nostril,
but ended up heading into the lockerroom for further attention.
She visibly winced when the trainer tried to touch her nose,
so it could be worse than a bad bump. What is it with KeyArena
and broken noses?
almost got the favor returned by LJ. LJ was fighting through
2 or 3 Monarchs for a rebound and had cleared it, but bumped
into Betty and looked like she thought Betty was another Monarch
grabbing for the ball. LJ had the elbow locked and loaded,
but then realized who was behind her.
Storm showed a lot of fight tonight. They didn't back down
from the Monarchs' usual rough, elbow and forearm throwing
style. They came right back and fought hard for (most) rebounds
and were aggressive on their defense. There were lapses (closing
out those quarters is still a problem), but I think it's accurate
to say the Storm have improved a lot since the start of the
one thing the Storm desperately need to do is string together
a couple (or 3 or 4) wins in a row. Yes, their next game is
in LA against a Sparks team that is surprisingly dominant
right now. So what? If there is any time to make a move and
create some momentum, create a turning point, it is now. The
western conference is mostly up for grabs. 2 through 7 is
going to be an absolute dog fight right down to the last game
of the season. Now is the time to carve out a place at the
top of the conference.
tonight — missing part of the game got me off my game