score: Storm 69 Silver Stars 74 (L) (7-4)
NO PHOTOS. Seems you can't take a camera with a lens longer
than three inches inside the At&t Center. I had the standard
lens that came with my Sony A30, and I don't think it's quite
three inches, but the ticket taker at the door said, "Nope,
you can't take that in, that's a DOOZIE." So, no photos
FYI: If you plan to come to San Antonio for a game and want
to sit behind the Storm bench, look for tickets in section
10. We were in section 6 and the only thing between me and
the Stars players was a hot pack machine and a couple of gatorade
Jordan was here in his Storm Ball Kid outfit, working as a
ball kid. Looked cute with all the San Antonio ball kids.
It was dads and daughters night, and the anthem was done by
a dad and his two daughters. The daughters were ok, but dad
should have stayed home. Standard Francis Scott Key version
without any idol influences.
Sue's shot was falling in warm ups. At the time I thought
that was a good thing. Seems it was a good thing for at least
the first half of the game.
5:52 in the first, 12-5, we're playing good defense and our
shots are hitting the mark for the most part. Yo drives the
lane and falls, grabbing her ankle. The trainer, coach, Beck
and KG came out to help her off the court but she managed
to make it to the bench under her own power. She went to the
locker room for awhile and wasn't back to the bench by the
end of the first.
We ended the first up 21-14. We had a couple of defensive
lapses since Shrya came in for Yo, they got it down to two
and then we got our focus again.
We were shooting 44.4 % to their 33.3% and outrebounding them
Second quarter 5:12. Sue's on fire, 17 points already and
we have a 30-25 lead. LJ is having a tough time guarding Sophia
Young. I can't figure out why Young gives LJ such fits, but
she does. LJ looks frustrated on defense, and it's affecting
her offensive game, she only has five points at this time.
We're sitting next to two twelve year old girls and everytime
the crowd yells defense, we yell go storm to counter. Hopefully
the team at knows they had some support in the arena tonight.
The back and forth with the other fans is all good natured
and the security guard standing in front of us hasn't told
us to knock it off yet.
Yo's finally back on the bench, but looks like she's limping
Half 40-30 and we're shooting 47.2%
The Stars came out after half time and started lighting it
up from three point land. We've lost a bit of our defensive
focus, and our shooting is slipping a bit 43.2% now. 50-46
Storm at this point. At the last time out, the fox and foxy
lady made their entrance as a "married" couple for
their first dance. She was in a wedding gown and he was in
a tux. They danced for a bit (ballroom, maybe a foxtrot )
and then broke out into some more contemporary moves before
going back to the ballroom dance bit. Luckily, this was the
only ballroom dancing we were subject to, unlike the other
night in the Key, with the creepy stuff.
Clinging to a three point lead at the end of the third. We
need to rebound and get defensive stops and be more efficient
on offense. Hopefully we have 10 more minutes of gas in the
tank for tonight. Yo has been back on the court, and is moving
ok and grabbing rebounds. The rest of the offensive production
looks like the old LJ and Sue show with minimal help from
all the others. We're still out rebounding them 29-25 and
7':34 left in the fourth. Nice Sue steal with a long outlet
pass to LJ for a layup. We're up 60-56. Was that the spark
4:33 left in the fourth...guess not, it's 61-61. We can't
buy a bucket and Yo can't get a free throw to drop. I'm guessing
we missed enough free throws to offset the final 5 point differential.
I haven't looked at the final stats yet.
35.8 seconds left, we're at the line. We need to make the
free throw (check), make a stop (nope, LJ foul, two Young
free throws make it 71-6, score (nope, 25.9 seconds, TO Seattle.
I think the final score was 74-69 after a couple more foul
shots by them and a couple more misses by us. Scary moment
of the night, Sue drove on Darlling and got up in the air
and it looked like Darling undercut her. Sue fell on Darling
and they both stayed on the ground for a bit. Darling got
up limping and Sue got up holding her wrist. But she shook
it off and made one of two free throws.
All the Sass fans around us were very nice, no bad blood from
either group regardless of the score or game situation. Their
fans don't get very vocal. Until they got the lead late in
the fourth, the loudest cheering was for the t shirt toss.
Well, it's on to Houston tomorrow. Hopefully I'll have more
positive things to report at the end of that game. And maybe
I'll be able to take my camere into the arena this time.
of my regular seats behind the bench I switched it up and
sat 5 rows behind the basket in the section right next to
the bench. Much closer to the court but difficult to analyze
and see everything at one time. (I guess obviously) I didnt
pay all that much attention to warmups because I was starving
so I ate, and I couldnt see to the far end where we were warming
The game started off exactly how I wanted it to: Sue being
aggressive from the start, hitting a 3, and then a layup.
Very promising. Yo had a gorgeous pass to Swin right through
defenders for a layup. A thing of beauty! Great start 12-5
and the SS call a timeout. O and thats when Yo went down.
I seriously dont know how shes still playing on those knees.
The first thing Sue said in the huddle was "Keep up the
pace and intensity." To my delight, we did. Well, for
a while. We were playing great D and rotating really well.
But there were a couple of mismatches inside that led to SS
easy layups. I was absolutely LOVING how aggressive Sue was
being! And hitting shots! I had been wanting to see this for
a loooong time. She had 12 pts in the 1st, almost as many
as the entire SS team.
End of 1st: 21-14
At the beginning of the 2nd I realized exactly how skinny
Swin is! I was really surprised. I thought she was more muscular
in Detroit. Shyra and the rest of the bench were doing a great
job on the floor. At this point, T was playing the 1 and Sue
the 2. I honestly liked this a lot, especially since her shot
was on. Sue going off screens creates a lot more opportunities
for her to look for her shot and still create a pass to others.
I gotta give major props to our defense in the 1st half. Reminded
me of the Spurs in a way. Notice who Ive not mentioned so
far? LJ. She was a nonfactor in the 1st half. She wasnt getting
that many touches and when she did shoot, they unfortunately
didnt fall. But Sue had a sweet little pass over her shoulder
to LJ for a layup. Very nice.
End of 2nd: 40-30
Fantastic 1st half. Great intensity. My only question was
if could we keep it up for the whole 2nd half. I sure hoped
Swoopes was looking like her old self with a great jump in
the passing lane for a steal and then her signature stop and
pop at the beginning of the 3rd. Notice another person Ive
said almost nothing about? Swin. She was not being aggressive
like the last time she was here and seemed kind of out of
it to me. LJ finally got a foul called (against the person
who was guarding her) and the look on her face was priceless.
At this point in the game, the SS defense was picking up.
Becky was left wide open and started hitting. Then the dreaded
momentum shift I was hoping would not happen came true with
3 mins left in the 3rd, with them down by only 4. Out of the
timeout the SS went to a zone and Sue hit her only field goal
of the 2nd half, another 3. I thought that would stop the
momentum. Totally wrong. Right back down the floor Darling
hit a 3 to counter. I hate when the other team counters with
a 3. The crowd was into the game now.
End of 3rd: 56-53
Right before Sue walked onto the court to start the 4th she
turned around and told the bench "Be ready." They
really needed to keep producing like earlier. I thought Young
was quiet throughout the game but then started coming alive.
Tie ballgame at 56 with 9 mins to go. I didnt think we were
being as aggressive as we were in the 1st half and a little
lid was on the basket. Sue didnt shoot much either. The fast
break was really effective for us though. Yo was a spark but
couldnt hit a free throw to save her life. So frustrating.
Defensive breakdown became a lead change. Crap. Someone needed
to step up and make plays. A kinda funny thing that happened
was Yo fell, Becky held her hand out to help her up, and Yo
ignored her and got up on her own. Becky laughed and shrugged,
and the crowd booed Yo pretty bad. Reminded me of Shaq not
using Tim Duncans help one time. () Tied again at 61 with
5 mins left. SS playing great D. We just couldnt finish down
low at all. Either a block, a turnover, or a bad missed shot
resulted. O and I really wanted Swin out becuase of how uneffective
she was being. Which was bad for me because I picked her for
the Pick One Challenge. We needed to settle down a bit, be
more patient on offense, and have stops on defense to pull
this one out. The game was incredibly intense with 2:30 to
go. Swin hit 2 big FTs, the SS got a couple O boards, and
VJ hit Swoopes with a sick crossover that led to a bucket.
Then a no call on a Sue drive led to an easy layup by Becky.
LJ had a huge And 1 to bring the lead down to 1 with 40 secs
left. On the other end Young got bailed out by a foul on LJ
with a second or two on the shot clock. Nooo! Down by 3 with
26 secs left. I SO wanted us to pull this one out! The collision
between Sue and Darling scared the living daylights out of
me! The basket was in my way so I only saw tangled feet sticking
out and immediately moved to the side so I could see it all.
Sue was still on the ground. It looked nastier than it was.
I believe I saw Sue say it was her thumb but it looked like
she hurt her whole hand/wrist. The 1st free throw hit every
part of the rim and bounced out. Damn. The 2nd fell through
but still down by I think 4 with 16 secs left. During the
timeout I was thinking of some of the missed opportunites
we should have capitalized on to reverse the outcome. LJ short
on a 3, game over.
Sue and LJ were talking on the way to the tunnel with Sue
shaking her head. I know how bad they wanted to win.
Final score: 69-74
*Sigh* The loss sucks. I really wanted a win and didnt like
how we lost. But as always it was great seeing Sue, LJ, and
the Storm in person again.