score: Storm 83 Sun 92 (L) (11-10)
Watch | Women's a cappella group — a
very odd arrangement that seemed to avoid all the actual notes
of the song.
Psyche | Alright! We're doing great. Wait...
was that Douglas who hit that three? Oh. Hey... we... what...
Highlight | The first quarter.
| The dunking ushers.
Keyword of the Game | Momentum.
game unfolded almost exactly opposite to what I was expecting.
I thought that the Sun were going to come out hot and get
a 10-15 point lead in the first half, only to run out of gas
and lose the game against a more aggressive and determined
Storm came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and were
threatening to really blow the game open through the first
quarter. The Storm defense was on target, they were running
the floor and successfully finishing fast breaks while both
LJ and Janell were unfazed by Dydek's presence. The only thing
keeping the Sun in the game were free throws.
evened out a bit in the second quarter, but the Storm met
the Sun's attempts to put together any kind of run with answering
baskets. It really looked like the Storm might run the Sun
into the court and take advantage of the Sun's already slightly
bruised confidence level.
the Storm missed their opportunity to really slam the door
on the Sun in the second quarter and instead helped the Sun,
namely Katie Douglas, take over the momentum and control of
key sequence in my opinion came in the last few minutes of
the second quarter. The Sun had the ball and missed a shot.
The Storm couldn't get the rebound and Katie Douglas ended
up with it out at the three-point line above the free throw
line. She took the shot and missed. Again the Storm allowed
the Sun to get the rebound. The ball went right back out to
Douglas who slid over to the right side corner and nailed
a three. Up to that point, she had been hesitant and largely
ineffective on offense. After making that second-chance three,
she got rolling on offense and defense. The rest of the Sun
team took on her energy level and aggression from then on
and turned a 15-point deficit into a 16-point lead.
there on out, until the last few minutes in the fourth quarter,
the wheels came off of the Storm defense and offense while
the Sun just got better and better. The third quarter was
a debacle. The frustration on the Storm bench was growing
and growing. Any time LJ was off the court, the Storm faltered.
As in the Fever game from a few days ago, the Storm reasserted
themselves late and tried to make a comeback late in the game.
Unfortunately, the Sun were in firm command by then and were
still able to get whatever they wanted on offense.
were particularly efficient at getting Asjha Jones the ball
on back door cuts over and over again. The Storm posts kept
biting on the ball movement and weren't getting back to cover
the open Jones. It was almost like the Sun were telegraphing
what they were going to do, daring the Storm to stop them
and then doing it anyway because the Storm kept stepping out
of the way. Barbara really got schooled by Jones through the
second half. Most of the baskets the Sun scored to keep the
Storm at bay in the fourth came on these kinds of plays.
starters again had very solid individual performances. LJ
went 20 and 10, JB got 10 and 13, Betty scored 16 while Sue
hit for 16 with 6 assists and 6 steals. Statistically, the
game was very even except for free throws — they shot
10 more than we did — and fouls. The Storm were called
for 7 more fouls (hence the free throws). Stats don't win
of course, but if you need a silver lining it can be found
in the numbers. The Storm's turnovers were down and they outrebounded
the Sun. The biggest deficiency lies with the Storm's inability
to capitalize on things like their 15 offensive rebounds or
9 steals. There were too many missed layups and chippy jumpers.
The Sun were able to withstand the Storm's good defense because
the Storm's offense disappeared.
thought before the game that this situation was the best opportunity
for the Storm to beat the Sun — on the tail-end of a
back-to-back with the Sun losing a hard game the day before,
no Sales and Douglas in a mini-slump post All-Star game. The
Storm looked like they were going to take advantage of this
golden opportunity early, but let the Sun take control and
missed a great chance to make up some ground in the West standings.
advertised honoring of the Seattle Reign kind of fizzled a
bit. Three of the Reign players were up on the concourse before
the game meeting with and chatting with fans. I think we all
expected to see them introduced during a timeout or at halftime,
but instead just got an arenavision graphic welcoming all
Reign fans. They weren't even give a spotlight and announcer
intro like visiting Sonics players are. I was expecting a
was walking around looking like nothing happened to her knee.
I remember talking to Adia Barnes once about her injury and
she said that immediately afterwards she felt fine and could
walk with no problems. The issue was that she had absolutely
no ability to move side-to-side and had pain and swelling
with any sideways motion. It looked like Shaun might be experiencing
something similar. She didn't even have a brace on that I
Boucek was at the game again.
were numerous clock issues that stopped the flow of the game.
mascots from Houston, Connecticut, Charlotte and Sacramento
(I admit to booing Monty) were at the game in a bit of a preview
of the day game on Tuesday. Haley, the Houston mascot, was
the best of the bunch. She(?) kept messing with an usher during
timeouts. It was pretty funny. She also jumped face down on
the floor and put her arms behind her back in front of one
of the Seattle Police officers. I guess she had a guilty conscience
for Houston kicking our butts so badly the last few times
they've been in Seattle.