score: Storm 66 Monarchs 55 (W) (8-4)
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the Storm home record looking back from 2008's preseason through
tonight's game, counting preseason, regular season and playoff
Storm are one of only 2 teams to remain unbeaten at home this
season and one of only four teams with at least 3 road wins
this season (there are only 2 teams with winning road records).
Not quite the bottom feeder team that some preseason analysts
predicted the Storm to be.
tonight's win, the Storm own the season series with the Monarchs,
3-0 with one remaining game at Sacramento in a couple weeks.
Also with tonight's win, the Storm have the best conference
record in the Western Conference at 8-2 (only Indiana is better
with a 7-1 record in the East). What does all this mean? Well,
the Storm have had a couple blow-oout losses, but otherwise
they have so far been able to control games or, through their
defense, been able to stay with teams and gut out wins.
game was definietly a control game. The Storm had the Monarchs
under control for the whole game. If it weren't for poor ball
handling that lead to Storm turnovers and easy Monarchs' transition
baskets, the Storm would have won by 30 and might have been
able to keep the Monarchs scoring at 40 or less.
not hyperbole my friends. In the second half, the only way
the Monarchs were able to score was on Storm mistakes. If
the Storm got the Monarchs into a half court game and were
able to set up their defense, Sacramento got nothing. The
Storm's defense was stifling with each player contributing.
wasn't just the big steals or blocks that got the crowd going,
and there were plenty of those, it was also the constant switching
and close outs on jump shooters that stymied the Monarchs
defense. There was a guy with his daughter sitting in front
of us for much of the game and he kept pointing out all these
little defensive plays to her, saying, "That was good
defense" and then explaining why to her. He was explaining
a lot, not because she wasn't understanding but because there
were so many good examples to talk about.
really was too bad that the Storm allowed the Monarchs to
get so many easy points off turnovers. The Monarchs had 13
steals. Too many of those were picks on our point guards as
they brought the ball up the court. With no one between them
and the basket, the Monarchs were able to get easy layups
on at least 4 or 5 occasions on steals. I really think that
with a little more ball control, the Storm could have really
blown out the Monarchs.
the Storm did a decent job. The didn't do a great job —
they only scored 66 points. LJ had a much better game tonight,
but was still seemed a step off from her normal 20+ point
game form. Swin was the Storm's best offensive threat again
tonight. She has taken up the slack from LJ's slumping scoring
and is giving the Storm a huge lift.
other starters continued their solid play. Camille was again
impressive with her defense, timely rebounding and occasional
basket. She's very good at finding those times when the defense
forgets about her and attacking. No one had any particularly
bad plays, and if anything they all did their jobs.
bigger story from tonight's game was that Coach Agler finally
played the bench. The only benchie to not get significant
minutes was Ashley Robinson. She came in with a couple minutes
left in the game and wasn't really able to do much. Janell,
Suzy, Katie and Pee Wee all got some good minutes and were
able to get into the flow of the game. Katie and Pee Wee have
been doing fairly well. They haven't put up huge numbers but
have both shown they are scoring threats and have both played
got the most playing time and found herself playing Paris
much of the time. Janell had a couple good plays and was able
to score, but she went back a bit to the hesitate move she
does and got stuffed. She has the height and reach advantage
on most other posts she plays, but she doesn't jump over them.
She could have been shooting over Paris all night, but she
just didn't elevate and allowed Paris to get at the ball.
She did have one sequence that had me laughing a bit in the
first half. I think she ended up with Powell or Maiga-Ba on
her out on the perimeter. She pulled up the ball and faked
to pass, then looked around again as if to pass and as soon
as the defender turned her head towards where that pass was
going, Janell put the ball on the floor and went right past
her and into the basket. It was a sweet move.
had a rough time. She went in with the ball a couple times
and really got nothing out of it. She got stood up and instead
of passing back out and reposting, kept throwing moves against
her defender and ended up trying to get a foul call and flinging
the ball into the air. She's never going to get that call,
no matter who she's playing against. I think she needs to
play a little smarter and pick her spots a little better.
That really only comes with playing time of course, but until
she does better she's not going to get playing time. It's
an unfortunate catch-22. Her only hope is for the Storm to
get back to blowing teams out so that she can get in during
was wearing some neon yellow shoes tonight to show her support
of the Livestrong movement. It was funny because other players
and even the refs were giving her some funny looks that had
her explaining what the shoes were for. I thought they looked
great and would like to see the whole team wear them for a
Storm were wearing their green road jerseys for "Go Green"
night. That meant that the Monarchs were in their home whites.
I'm always nervous when the Storm wear their road jerseys
at home. I can't give you specifics stats, but I don't think
their record at home is that great over their history when
the road colors come out at home.
Sam was in the stands and got a partial standing ovation.
Storm announced the fan-voted All-Decade team. No huge surprises.
I might have argued about a couple of the picks, but only
out of affection for some players over others and certainly
not on any objective measures. I really hope that all of the
10 are able to make it to the 8/1 10th anniversary game, but
I'm sure that at least Tully, Betty and Izi will miss it because
of their current WNBA team obligations. I really hope they
get Kamila to come back. She and Simone are the only two originals
on the All-Decade team and they are the two I most want to
was trying to hit half-court shots during halftime. He went
over to the scorer's table and did a couple LeBron-inspired
hand powder tosses to get warmed up. When he started shooting,
he never really got close.
and his assistant rode a tandem bike onto the court during
a first quarter timeout. They showed a video of the two riding
around Greenlake and through Queen Anne to KeyArena. Angie
pointed out that Doppler wasn't wearing a helmet. Bad mascot.
Funny thing - the arena announcer kept calling out "Doppler
and Doppler's Assistant" during their video and bike
ride around the court. The repetition of "Doppler and
Doppler's Assistant" got to be a little comical.
was a strong Monarchs' fan contingent at the game. They always
come for at least one game up here with a good 30-40 fans.
They made some noise at the beginning, but didn't have much
to cheer for and weren't much of a factor later. Doppler put
a little salt in the wound by hosing them down with silly
string in the fourth quarter. They seemed to take it with
some humor. Angie and I talked to a few of them on our way
out of the arena. It's interesting to hear what other fans
think of LJ and how she plays. It was clear they think she's
a bit of a thug and a hacker. They also didn't think much
of Swin. We didn't get into our thoughts on DeMya. Things
wouldn't have stayed quite so cordial if we really got honest
about each others' players.
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Journey guy was in Seattle for this game and got an introduction
to the crowd. He admitted to being from Seattle, so he was
rooting for the Storm tonight. When asked to compare the fans
in Seattle to Phoenix, his home team, he said something noncommital.
Yeah, well, this wasn't our best crowd for a comparison.
of which, the early start time really messed with the crowd
energy early in the game. I know I nearly missed getting to
the arena on time because I didn't remember the early start.
Of course the game was on ESPN, so it looked like we had a
sparce crowd even though we've been doing much better than
last year with attendance.