score: Storm 74 Monarchs 62 (W) (2-0)
Watch | Military brass band, just the way
it was meant to be played.
Psyche | Wondering what it look like
when all those chippies start falling and we get an actual
1st half lead of some sort.
Highlight | Katie for THREEEE x 3!
Keyword of the Game | Poise
E | Rick
the deal with this playing like poo and letting the other
team control the game for 25 minutes and then deciding that,
hey, let's kick it up a notch and start playing for real?
it makes for an exciting game, if not nerve-wracking, it's
a dangerous pattern to fall into. It will interesting to see
how the team responds when the game is tight the whole way
and they don't get to a point where they are forced to play
with more intensity or get blown out. It will also be interesting
to see how the team responds when they build a big first half
lead and then has to protect it through most of the game.
As soon as all those point-blank chippies and put backs actually
start to drop, the Storm are going to start blowing out teams
early. Will we see the same kind of defensive clamp down in
that kind of game that we saw tonight?
defense is what allowed the Storm to take this game. The stats
are scary: 12 steals, 7 blocks and 23 Monarch turnovers overall.
Even though the Monarchs utterly ruled the boards early in
the game, to an embarrassing level, the Storm's defense allowed
them to wait out their offensive problems and keep the Monarchs
from running away.
then, when the offense started to rock, the Monarchs had no
answer and folded under the Storm's pressure.
love the fact that the Storm's offensive barrage started not
with LJ, Sue, Swoopes or Cash, but with Katie Gearlds. Hitting
those three 3s in a row had everybody in the building not
wearing purple going nuts. I especially liked it that Swoopes,
who was at the scorer's table waiting to come in, was pounding
her hands on the floor and yelling right along with the rest
the fourth quarter, we got to see why this team should have
the rest of the league shaking in their Adidas.
Storm doubled up the Monarchs 35-17 and nearly doubled their
own score through the first three quarters, 35-39. At the
end of the third, I was a little more than dismayed to see
that 39 on the scoreboard. I flipped through the photos on
my camera to check the other quarter scores because I couldn't
quite believe it. A coworker of mine who had not been to a
Storm game before was sitting with us and asked what they
normally score. I told her that they usually hit the mid-70s
or 80s, but it didn't look that way tonight. It was nice to
say later that I had spoken too soon.
I like about how this team is coming together and how they
won tonight is that they aren't getting intimidated or panicky
when they get down. They keep working and pushing. There is
frustration — anyone within earshot of LJ when she got
a foul in the third quarter and started dropping f-bombs like
she was George Bush dreaming about what he wants to do to
Iran knows that the team was getting frustrated. They aren't
letting that stop them from continuing to play.
other thing I really like is that the bench players aren't
coming in to just hold a space for a starter. They are coming
in to make an impact on the game. This is one of the things
that I think helped us win the championship in 2004. Any time
Chelle or Adia came into the game, you knew that they were
going to make a play on defense that would not only keep the
game at status quo but give the Storm a jolt. This new bench
is looking to do the same kinds of things — a jolt of
energy that will change up the game instead of just being
best example of that so far is Katie. She's been impressive
on both sides of the court and is showing a ton of improvement
over last year. Beck too is coming in and playing with a lot
of energy. She looks comfortable with the ball and, to me
at least, looks like the best shot at a real back-up point
guard we've had for a long time.
was a fun game. I hope we get to see a Storm lead earlier
than the fourth quarter at the next home game.