score: Storm 86 Mystics 78 (W) (16-14)
Watch | Good. Dude was introed as a voice
coach — he had better be good.
Psyche | We can do this! And by "this"
I mean win at home.
Highlight | Sue's near triple-double, several
pass-pass-pass fastbreaks, Janell putting some stank on her
rebounding, not worrying about how many points we were up
or behind as the clock ticked down.
| A commercial for a soccer camp.
Keyword of the Game | Booooo (at the refs,
featuring two charter Legion of Doom members)
that was fun and, more importantly, I hope that the new owners
got an eye and earful on why this team needs to stay in this
city (or Bellevue, or Renton).
me, it seemed that the Storm to a player had decided before
this game that they were going to win. I can almost guarantee
that there was a pregame huddle in which Sue or Lauren (or
both) told the rest of the Storm in no uncertain terms that
they were not going to lose 5 in a row at home, that they
were not going to limp into the playoffs because other teams
keep losing and everyone better work their butts off to make
attitude was at the fore through the whole game. The Storm
never got rattled, never looked anxious under the Mystics'
constant pressure, didn't cave when the Mystics briefly took
the lead at the end of the half and into the third quarter.
There was no third quarter slump or fourth quarter fade. The
Storm kept their composure (well, except for some harsh language
from LJ that got her and D-Nasty T'd up) and kept the game
only mark against the Storm is that the bench didn't produce
much statistically, but they weren't in much either. This
game had a playoff feel to it starting with Coach Donovan's
rotations. I don't think there was any time that the bench
was out there without at least 2 starters. Looking at the
minutes played, I would guess that this game had our starters
in more than most of the rest of the games of the season so
far. Saving LJ out by limiting her minutes may be over. The
playoffs have already started and Coach Donovan has the team
in a do-or-die mindset.
Mystics helped by pushing the Storm for most of the game.
Every time the Storm started to build a cushion of more than
5 or 7 points, the Mystics would drive to the basket for the
2 plus 1, or hit a three, or force a Storm turnover. It seemed
like the score was frozen at a 4 point Storm lead for half
the game. Because of that, the Storm were never able to get
complacent on offense or defense. Yes, mistakes were made,
but the Storm consistently recovered and didn't allow a chain
of mistakes to turn the game.
our starters "kicked ass" (I'm just quoting Izi
was 2 rebounds and 2 assists away from a triple-double. Her
shot wasn't happening, so she filled up the stat list in every
other category. The Mystic guards were quiet much of the game
— Beard starting hitting in the fourth quarter
— partially due to Sue's defense. There was a heart-stopping
moment when Sue got popped in the face by Teasley. Sue stopped
and instantly covered her nose. You could tell by her body
language and expression that she was sure that her nose was
broken again. Even after the trainer checked her out, she
was constantly touching the bridge of her nose as if to make
sure it was still attached. She came back after that and finished
was fantastic, pain or not. She pounded the Mystics' posts
and then punished them at the line by going 13 for 13 on free
throws. She didn't rebound very well and that might be a result
of her injury and her picking when to go all out — saving
her limited jumping for offense rather than defense.
looked like she hadn't missed any time at all. Her shots were
right on and her tenacity at rebounding was great. There was
one rebound that was kind of jaw-dropping — it
was on the Mystics' end of the court, Janell got the ball
and was surrounded by two or three Mystics who were trying
to grab at the ball. She ripped it away and threw them off,
making sure if they were willing to try and get it that they'd
be getting a sharp elbow for their troubles. She was not to
also had a fantastic game — hitting threes, getting
steals, running the floor and pressing the Mystics' defense.
Between her, LJ, Janell and Sue, the Mystics didn't know who
was the only starter to have an off night. She was wearing
a new knee brace that look a lot more significant and I think
hinted at her knee injury being a little more serious than
the team has let on. She doesn't have the same explosiveness
that gets her to the basket and the defense has been able
to more successfully cut her off. Couple that with nagging
tendonitis in her wrist, and you get more turnovers than shots.
Hopefully with JB back, Izi playing better and LJ ignoring
the pain, we can wait out Betty's aches and pains a bit and
hope she can recover some of her former effectiveness by the
game was fun to watch. It was another 2004-ish night in which
the crowd was loud and into it, the team looked confident
and in control and we all came away with a home win.
more to go, and then hopefully we'll get more home games in
a couple weeks.
got the postgame interview with David Locke and admitted that
the team feels good about facing LA in the playoffs —
since we already "kicked their asses" this season.
That's right, Izi was talking some smack about the Sparks.
Bring it on!
Walker, Slick Watts and one other Sonic who I think might
have been Xavier Daniels were in the courtside seats next
had a birthday message for her mom on the big screen. That
was nice, but how about bringing mom down to the courtside
for her birthday instead of leaving her up in row 10?
and Enterline were reffing the game. That's all I'm going
the game, I talked to a family who were coming to their first
Storm game. They are Sonics fans, but decided to come to support
the Storm considering the whole sale and arena issue. I really
would have liked to talk to them after the game to get their
sighting: Big Lo in the first row next to the Storm bench.
sighting 2: Cameo Hicks from the UW women's bball team, looking
hot, hot, hot.
sighting 3: Coach Kenlaw's shoes. Wow.
thanks to NewSocks and DirtySocks for bringing some road win
mojo with them, and to the Brrringies for supplying the road