score: Storm 62 Fever 74 (L) (10-9)
Watch | A gospel-ish choir and several soloists.
I didn't care for it.
Psyche | I think the number of that truck
was 41, or maybe 24.
Highlight | I don't want to talk about it.
| A jump rope team.
Keyword of the Game | Sigh.
only possible good thing that we can maybe take away from
this game is that the Storm were able to make a 31-point loss
almost winnable. If the team had woken up just a few minutes
earlier than it did, that lead might have been wiped out.
As it was, Indiana did just enough to keep the Storm from
getting any closer than 9 points at the end of the fourth
there you have it. The good news is that this game wasn't
an embarrassing home loss — it was just another home
the two teams weren't that far apart. The factor that really
separated the Storm and Fever tonight was energy — the
Fever had bucket loads of it early and the Storm had none
until the end of the game when it was too late.
Fever came out jabbing and slapping at every pass and were
very successful at keeping the Storm off balance and out of
their normal offense. Sue was rarely able to take the ball
up the court due to Tully's defense. The Storm responded by
being tentative instead of pressing. The refs were calling
the game extremely tightly, but the Storm didn't really take
advantage of that until late in the game.
other deciding factor in my opinion was the Storm's unbelievable
inability to get the ball to Lauren or Janell in the post
through the first three quarters. Time and time again, LJ
would be set up in decent position with a single defender
while the guard would have the ball on the perimeter also
against a single defender. Instead of dumping the ball into
LJ, the guard — Tanisha was the biggest offender, but
Shaun, Sue, and Barbara were all guilty of this — would
swing the ball around to the other side and take it away from
LJ. Maybe her teammates don't realize this, but LJ with the
ball is good for about 50% shooting, usually against 2 or
more defenders. When she's got one defender on her — GET
HER THE DAMN BALL. LJ with 4 points at the end of the half
was one other head scratcher that stood out tonight —
Edwige. In the limited minutes she got, she did a solid job.
She had 3 steals, no turnovers (in a turnover heavy game)
and played straight up defense. Every time she did something
good though, she got yanked. It made no sense. I don't like
to dog specific players and I don't think I've ever openly
criticized the coaches, but Tanisha should not be allowed
to play the point guard position the rest of the season. Let
Edwige get 10-12 minutes and let's see what she can do. Right
now, when T is at the point the Storm flounder badly. The
few short minutes that E has been at the point, the Storm
have maintained their flow. It's time for another rotation
change. Give Edwige a chance as the number one back-up for
"New Refs" cheer got going, led by the bottom rows
of 106. I've not commented at all this season about the refs
— it goes without saying that they suck and I'm not
going to waste any pixels on them. However, Brian Enterline
has almost... almost taken over one of the spots in the Legion
of Doom (Roy, Fonzie, Darla).
video people need to quit putting me and Angie on the big
screen during the Fan Dance thing. It ain't gonna happen.
If you want to do a Fan Disdain cam, I can do that. Dancing
— no go.
Storm needed to check their memory banks a bit. The Fever
were playing some classic Lin Dunn offensive sets. Even Angie
recognized a few of the plays and was yelling what the Fever
Angie postgame quote, "Ashely Robinson was in for what,
26 seconds? She's going to call home to Mama tonight."
She then quickly said that I couldn't put that in my Gameday