score: Storm 85 Silver Stars 82 (W-1OT) (12-7)
Game Blog | Pelton's
E | Rick
I've started writing this report a couple times and keep getting
stuck on what was bad with this game. Things like the Storm's
offense not taking advantage of the players' styles or talents,
or how Coach Agler's grind out the shot clock offensive scheme
is frustrating to watch, or how he helped cause a shot clock
violation because he spent so much time telling Pee Wee what
he wanted her to do, or how the Storm are still leaving three-point
shooters wide open.
was a lot of bad in this game. There was also just enough
good to allow the Storm to tie in regulation and finally win
in overtime. Let's face it, Sue's three-point shot was one
of the bigger shots in Storm history. The Storm also played
smart foul basketball in the overtime when they went at Riley
and Young to get both of them to foul out.
had hoped that the Storm's win over LA in three overtimes
would have uncorked whatever was blocking the Storm from playing
the way they were at the beginning of the season. You remember
— fast attacking offense, stifling, consistent defense
and our stars hitting everything from the chippies to the
and-ones along with the big shots.
didn't have that effect.
Storm are still playing a grind-out the shot clock style of
offense that honestly doesn't make a lot of sense given the
type of players on the team. All of the starters are attacking
type players and when they play that way they are successful.
Even when I don't want to focus on the things were frustrating
about this game I have a hard time doing it.
I really want to talk about the All-Decade team.
the game, several former players were up on the concourse
to sign autographs: Simone Edwards, Kamila Vodichkova, Michelle
Marciniak, Semeka Randall, Jamie Redd, Adia Barnes and Astou
Ndiaye-Diatta. Those of us who had gone to the reception event
at the sports bar called Sport (imaginative, I know) had gotten
to see everyone at the autograph table except for Semeka.
It was great to see her. She looks great and seemed happy
to meet with her fans. Marciniak was working her angles and
writing down the web address for her new sheet making business
along with her autographs. She was also handing out business
cards like crazy. Players
who had been scheduled to be there, including Kate Paye and
Sheri Sam, didn't make it.
of the best moments during the game involving the ADT was
when Kamila and Simone came into the arena to take their seats
in the front row. It was during a timeout and the dance troupe
was performing. Kamila and Simone came in and the crowd erupted
in a spontaneous cheer and partial standing ovation. They
seemed a little surprised about it. I felt bad for the kids
in the dance troupe because their backs were turned to where
Kamila and Simone were sitting and I wondered if they thought
the cheering was for them.
main ADT celebration was at halftime. The first to be introduced
were the four members of Force 10 Hoops. You know, I was talking
to someone recently about the Storm's history and how crazy
it's been the last few years with the Sonics and the ownership
uncertainty. I said that if I had been asked before the team
was purchased who the perfect owner of the team might be,
I would have describe a local owner who was genuinely interested
in supporting women's basketball and who wasn't looking for
a quick profit. I think in the four women who bought the team,
we all got about as perfect an ownership group as possible.
to be introduced was Ginger Ackerley, the one person aside
from Karen Bryant most responsible for bringing the WNBA to
Seattle. She came in followed by her daughters and granddaughters.
Karen presented her with a special framed #99 jersey to commemorate
the Storm's 1999 beginnings. Later, Karen surprised Ginger
with the announcement of the new "Ginger Ackerley Community
Service Award," an annual award for those who have the
biggest impact on kids from this area.
the players on the All-Decade Team were introduced. For those
three who are with other teams — Betty (LA), Tully (Indiana)
and Izi (Atlanta) — we saw video clips of them thanking
the fans (of course, they were actual, genuine messages unlike
the "goodbye generic sports fans" video we saw recently).
Kamila, Adia and then Simone were brought out. Of course,
Simone had to do the Shimmy Shake with Doppler.
always a concern that any kind of ceremony or activity honoring
the players will distract from the game. It's always seemed
to backfire on us in the past. I was a little surprised that
the active Storm players came out at to participate in the
All-Decade introductions. Most athletes at this level are
creatures of habit. Any break in the normal flow makes them
twitchy. But, it's not like we have a 10-year anniversary
more than once so Janell, Swin, Sue and LJ all came out and
joined Simone, Adia and Kamila.
they were joined by Force 10, Karen and Ginger, there was
one more surprise for most everyone. The number 6 was officially
retired to the rafters to honor the fans for our contributions
to the Storm's first 10 years.
that, the Storm won in overtime. Good times!
was some new eye-in-the-sky cam above the south basket. They
put its video feed on the big screen a few times. It was an
interesting perspective. There was no indication by the announcer
as to why it was there or if it is a permanent addition.
President Donna Orender was at the game. Her highlight was
jumping into the Doppler Train with all the kids.
was recognized for his 10 years with a blinged out "00"