score: Storm 100 Mercury 87 (W) (2-0)
Watch | A wee theater girl with a big voice
Psyche | We want 100! And who's guarding Cappie?
Highlight | LJ hitting points 99 and 100 on
a pair of free throws.
| A kids dance group.
Keyword of the Game | We got your run and
gun right here.
L | Rick
how do you beat a run and gun team?
outrun them with bigger guns.
big guns — LJ, Janell, Betty, Sue and Izi — put
on an offensive show and almost blew the Mercury back into
their Reese's Pieces uniforms from last season.
is not to say that the Storm dominated the entire game. The
first quarter and a half was relatively close. Even though
the Storm seemed to have picked up where they left off with
the Comets, the Mercury were right there. The Storm were playing
great basketball but were only able to build a single digit
lead. It wasn't until the end of the first quarter that they
got to a ten point lead. I don't think anyone was feeling
anything near comfortable through the first 15 minutes or
so. The Mercury are too stacked offensively and were able
to hit pretty much any shot they took — so long
as it was Diana or Cappie shooting the ball.
Storm didn't really have an answer for Cappie as she lit them
up for 31 points. Diana had it going early, but left the game
in the third quarter after a bone-rattling collision with
Izi as the two of them went after a loose ball. Also, Penny
Taylor got into foul trouble and played about 2/3rds her normal
minutes. Tangela Smith also got foul happy and was a bit of
Storm posts, however, totally controlled the rebounding and
were very aggressive with their interior offense. Janell nearly
had a double double in the first quarter and ended the game
with a career high 19 rebounds. A telling sign that the Storm
were going crazy under the basket was the fact that they doubled
up the Mercury on free throw attempts — 30 to 15.
the starters looked sharp and comfortable. Each was impressive
in different ways. Sue was very relaxed and found her shot
without forcing anything. LJ was all over the place and seemed
to be scoring at will. Janell didn't look like she was suffering
at all from her nagging shoulder injury and owned the glass.
Izi was again looking to shoot early and often and gave the
Storm an opening jolt of energy. Betty had a great all around
game and, in my opinion, is showing maybe the most improvement
of anyone on the team except for maybe Izi. Betty's outside
jumper is ON and when she drives into the lane, I think she
is much more in control of herself than in previous seasons.
She is dishing the ball out more often instead of lowering
her head and driving into 2 or 3 defenders. She had just as
many assists as Sue did with 5. One knock against Betty were
the fouls — she had a couple bad fouls on Mercury guards
by bumping them and riding them up the court.
main concern about this game was the lack of bench help. Katie
and Wendy had some good minutes, but Coach Donovan got zip
from the rest of the bench. The biggest problem so far over
these two games has to be Tanisha. Her defensive intensity
is fine, as we saw tonight, but she just doesn't seem to have
a firm handle on the offense. Right now, the Storm's biggest
weakness is at back-up point guard and Coach Donovan's lineup
rotation shows it. Sue played 34 minutes in a game that had
the Storm up by 18-20 points through most of the third and
fourth quarters. That's a problem and not something that can
continue over the whole season. At the team meet and greet
event, Tanisha said that she was now comfortable with playing
the point guard position where she wasn't in the past. So
far, I don't think we're seeing a big improvement. We need
15 quality minutes out of Tanisha, not a nervous 7 or 8.
the first time since the first season, I was sans camera.
It was nice, but I kept seeing things and thinking, "I
should have shot that." One way or another, I'll have
a camera in my face at the next game.
Storm had a get-well card for June Daugherty at the Fan Info
booth on the concourse for fans to sign. Hopefully, she'll
make a quick and full recovery from the heart attack she had
really like the choice of The Donnas' "Fall Behind Me"
as the song during the opening video montage. It could be
a little louder... or a lot louder. Rock it, KeyArena sound
guy. Rock it.
Hip Hop Squad seems to have been dropped, allowing the Storm
Dance Troupe more opportunities to perform during the timeouts.
FSN camera crew had some kind of super extendo apparatus for
one of their cameras and had it up at basket rim level. It
will interesting to see the video if any of it made it onto
Doppler and the arena announcer (sorry, I couldn't find his
name) did a little pitch at halftime about All-Star balloting.
Seattle fans burned through all of the Storm's allotment of
ballots last year. Seattle was one of the few teams to run
out. We of course need to do it again and while writing in
Izi is the right thing to do, the fun thing to do would be
to vote for Barb Turner who is listed as the Storm's starting
forward. I think we should for two reasons: 1/ I don't think
Coach should have waived BT, and 2/ it will teach the league
a lesson about developing an All-Star ballot before the season
even starts or final rosters are set. So far, Izi is playing
great ball and should be recognized, so it would be unfair
to her to not write her in. But the smart ass side of me reallllly
wants to vote for Barb. Let your own conscience be your guide.
really like our new seats — section 103, row 3. It's
a 5-seat row, so the other people in the row don't have to
come out past us. There aren't any courtside seats directly
in front of us and the other people around us yell and scream
almost as much as we do. Very nice.