score: Storm 73 Silver Stars 80 (L) (10-8)
wasnt nearly as excited as I usually am b/c Sue wasnt here.
I definitely wondered how T would do in Sue's place. But when
the Storm are in town theres always excitement. And it was
kind of fitting that they are here since its been storming
and raining for as long as I can remember.
work catered for the Silver Stars today and I was hoping it
would have no effect on them for the game. Well turns out
the food did them good. Good for my work, bad for the Storm.
Yes, I would like to say that the food may have helped them
in some way.
as always when the Storm come down here, heres my game report:
Buescher started off lightning quick. She has stepped up big
time in the absence of Becky Hammon. Izi hit a couple of 3s
which was promising. T was playing pretty decent. LJ was not
getting any touches. When someone would try to pass the ball
to her, it would be forced, a SS player would tip it, and
that resulted in a broken play or a turnover. The SS were
playing GREAT D on LJ. They had her number dialed in tonight.
And if anyone would have told me that LJ would have 0 points
at the end of the 1st, I would have said you were crazy. But
thats exactly what happened.
of 1st: 14-22
quarter started like the 1st, forced passes down to LJ resulting
in turnovers. I was praying someone else would step up. Sue's
out, LJ was a non-factor thus far, Betty had only 2 points.
We needed another scorer. Defense was kind of sluggish, lead
up to 12, AD not at all happy. Timeout. After that timeout
T hit about 3 shots in a row. I was shocked but glad. LJ had
only about a 2 minute rest. We needed her on the floor. The
paint on offense was SUPER clogged. Nobody was getting in
there without some sort of contact or getting in at all. LJ
finally got a tiny bit of daylight on the perimeter and drained
a 3 for her 1st points with 4 mins left in the half. Right
after I noted that Crossley had been quiet compared to the
last games, she nailed a 3. We got a stop to end the half
which is just what we needed.
got subbed out a minute and half into the 3rd quarter and
I think didnt return after that. She was no match for Buescher,
but then again apparently no one was b/c she had 27 points.
At this point I looked up at the scoreboard and saw the turnover
comparison. Theres definitely no need to repeat that disparity.
Then all of a sudden the lead is blown to 22. Not good. Just
like the last time the Storm were here. Katie was great in
the middle of the 3rd. Her hitting shots and being aggressive
is what I had been waiting to see all season. Oh, I just want
to mention how quick of a trigger Crossley has. Holy crap
I didnt know exactly how quick she pulls it sometimes. Shes
so quick off of screens. Anyways, the lead got cut to 14 and
I was hoping we could get it to single digits before the quarter
ended. The lead soon got cut to 9 with some good D and Betty
hitting a 3. I was really into the game now. I loved the comeback
and that we FINALLY showed some life. I really really wanted
us to keep this up in the 4th.
of 3rd: 49-58
the break everyone was really confident and encouraging. Outside
it was just raining, but inside it started raining 3s! Everyone
was hitting! Our defense was really good and aggressive at
the beginning. The SS shot clock almost always went below
5 secs which resulted in forced shots. I remember this b/c
it seemed like every time down the court this one lady by
me yelled, "Shoot the ball!!" Lead cut to 8. Then
LJ had a steal and T made a layup which cut the lead to 5
with 2:30 remaining. I so wanted us to get over the hump and
pull the game out. So bad. Then Buescher hit a lucky 3 when
the shot clock expired. That was the first dagger. I still
had hope until VJ stole an inbounds pass which pretty much
totally crushed any that was left. That was the final dagger.
Too little too late. But great comeback. I am unbelievably
impressed at how T played! She led the team with 23 points
and only 2 turnovers! I hope she keeps this up until Sue comes
game was fun (a lot better than last game), but still was
a bummer to not see Sue play. I hope she has a fast recovery.
did notice quite a few Stormfans right behind the bench. Was
that anybody? I was sitting behind it also, but a little further
back than I usually sit, in the first row of the upper level.
If you saw a girl with a Storm 'ship shirt walk over and sit
by the rail with a little over a minute left to show my support
for them, that was me.
next time the Storm come, I very much hope for a victory.
It seems like it has been a long time since that has happened.