score: Storm 77 Mercury 58 (W) (1-0 preseason)
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we are, season 11, ready to watch another game with a lot
of players that we'll probably end up liking and left wondering
later on why they got cut. With the league's contraction and
shortened rosters, it gets more and more unlikely that draftees
or the middle of the road veterans make it onto WNBA teams.
Fewer spots combined with more available players should equal
greater competition for a job. It was interesting to watch
the Storm hopefuls on the court today with all of that in
here are my impressions of the new players, in alphabetical
easily had the worst game out there. After she entered the
game, she had a horrible sequence both on offense and defense.
First, she tried posting up against Ashley Paris and got her
shot blocked. Then on defense, she got beat and ended up fouling
the Phoenix player driving to the basket. Back on offense,
she was way out of position for a box out after a Storm shot
and let Phoenix get the ball and finally down on the other
end got bowled over on a Phoenix drive. Yes, she was matched
up against Paris much of the time, but she was kind of getting
eaten alive out there. She didn't impress at all and was,
in my opinion, in the greatest danger of getting cut after
was harder to pin down, but I don't think she did a lot to
make her case. She didn't look very comfortable and she seemed
to be slowed down by a weak knee and robo-brace.
was one player who I thought has a chance to compete for a
spot. I liked her aggressiveness. I liked the fact she wasn't
afraid to take a shot. She had a lot of energy and was very
active on both ends of the court. The main hesitation I had
with her was her size. She seemed a bit undersized for a forward,
even a small forward. She had some success today against Phoenix's
small lineups, but I'd like to see her play against some bigger
opponents. Hopefully, Coach Agler will think the same thing
and keep her around until the next game.
was impressive and played with confidence, seemed to have
control of the game when she was in and played with a ton
of energy. Her shot wasn't there consistently, but man she
was good in just about every other way. You know, give her
some time in the system and I would feel pretty comfortable
putting her behind Sue for a good 15-18 minutes a game. I
honestly felt like she was one of the first training camp
guard potentials that really looked like a legitimate point
guard. I like her and I hope Coach Agler likes her too.
honestly can't see her not making the team. She's a proven
veteran and I think her style of play would fit in nicely
with the Storm's existing lineup. She has great ball handling
skills, can score when she wants to and would fit in nicely
into a similar multi-guard rotation like we had last season
with Sue, Tanisha and PeeWee.
one who had a solid game. At first, she came off as more of
a defensive player and was disrupting the Phoenix offense
with four steals and a few rebounds. In the second half, she
started looking for her shot and was able to drive to the
basket a couple of times and then step out for a three. She's
quick, a bit small, but has some confidence and looked serious
about fighting for a job.
was the other player that I thought probably isn't going to
make it past the first cut. As a point guard, she didn't look
as good as Lacey and, in general, she had a lackluster game.
She didn't really do anything badly necessarily, but she also
didn't do anything that stood out either. With the level of
competition she's up against, I don't think she did herself
any favors by not finding ways to make a splash.
this point, I'd say Moore is a lock, I'd like to see Kurz,
Lacey and Parham keep playing, I'm not sure about Hampton
and I expect Bowman and Wilson to be heading home soon.
our returning players, we only had Camille Little, Ashley
Robinson and Ashley Walker suited up. Swin and LJ made it
to the game, but were in street clothes on the end of the
bench and were having a good time playing spectator.
looked like she was in great shape and was playing her normal
game. She didn't get much playing time because I'd bet Coach
Agler saw what he needed to see — Camille's solid.
did get some serious playing time. It was interesting that
Parham and Lacey looked more at ease and confident out there
than ARob did. She still seemed to be a little surprised when
she had the basket in scoring position. She has the briefest
of hesitation before she starts a move that always allows
the defender to get set. I think she's still rushing things
once she gets going and it's hard to shake the impression
of a deer in the headlights. It was telling, I think, that
the crowd reacted so loudly when she put up her first shots.
To me, it came off as "Hey, she's actually shooting the
ball. Good for her." It also seemed like someone told
her to talk more on defense because she was loudly vocal at
times. Maybe she was trying to be a good role model for the
newbies, maybe she was really trying hard to follow instructions.
She's probably not a lock for the team, but she's also the
only true center we have on the roster right now. She might
make it out of necessity.
also got some serious playing time and came out like a beast.
She was scoring, rebounding and having a positive impact on
defense. Like the standout newbies, Walker looked like someone
who was taking the competition for a job seriously. She is
slimmer than she was last season and I liked the look in her
eye. If she keeps playing like this, I'd put her in the lock
was a new announcer. He stumbled on a couple of names and
I don't think he was saying Aja Parham correctly. He also
sounded like he was going hoarse over the course of the game.
I'll be trying to find out if he was a temp or is the real
deal for the season.
news for you merch hounds out there — the Team Shop
is reopening on May 16th.
got our first in-arena Bing commercial on the big screen at
24 minutes to go before the game.
of the courtside seats between the Storm bench and the scorer's
table had blue covers on them with Alaska Airline logos on
the backs. I didn't have to wonder about it too long because
a couple lucky fans got the Alaska Airlines First Class Upgrade
to those seats. Nice sponsor usage.
like the new ref orange/oatmeal uniforms, although they kind
of blended in with our floor.
Bing logo on the team shooting shirts looked ironed on. I'm
hoping that they get a more permanent version once the season
team got called for a "team control foul" a couple
times. Anyone know what that is?
was a lot less advertising visible in the arena. Key Bank
was still prominent, but the rest of the (the back-lit signs
on the bottom and top of the big screen, the signs above the
stairs in each section) were all for Seattle Center events,
the Space Needle or local arts organizations. We're definitely
seeing the effect of the Sonics' absence.
apparently has the WNBA mascot record for the most halfcourt
shots made in under 60 seconds with 2. He will be trying to
break that record this season.