score: Storm 79 Sparks 75 (W) (7-1)
Score | Jayda's
Game Blog | psheehy's
by | DwgsStormFan
from LA! Well how much fun was that? Seeing the Storm take
it to the Sparks time after time after time on their "court".
I put it in quotes because they moved the Sparks wood to this
tennis stadium and we were in the stands watching it. Kind
were about 30 of us there, including 3 of the owners, and
their entourage. For much of the time we were more vocal than
the Sparks fans, but that was because our women were taking
it to them ... most of the game.
how much "Let's go Sparks can sound like Let's go Storm".
were sitting next to Stalker, across the aisle from the owners,
Karen, and group. It was a cool night, but not too bad for
t-shirts if one was so-inclined. There was a stink in the
air. When I got off the bus I could smell this horrible tar
kind-of smell in the air, and thought "are we near the
La Brea Tarpits"? And there was a haze and almost smokiness
in the air over the stadium. Stalker called up her trusty
blackberry, blueberry, whatever cool device she has that we
don't, and it seems there was a fire at some site not too
far from the stadium - tires were burning. All I could think
of was our girls - how can they play in it with their lungs
sucking down tar/tire-smelling smoke. If it bothered them,
and I'm sure it did, they certainly put the pedal to the medal
turned to Stalker in the first quarter when the score was
something like 21 - 8, and said if our girls keep this up,
there will be no way that LA will be able to recover. Ok,
so I was a bit premature.
goodness for Sue and her 3-pt raining performance to continue
to keep us out in front, and when we would need it, it seemed
as Svetty and Camille were right there to put up a basket.
Lauren had a solid night, even if it wasn't her gaudy numbers
of late. It was great to see her continue to post up on CP3,
and even little Riley, when she'd get cocky and think she
should go inside against the monsters. But getting into early
foul trouble certainly kept her off the court for more than
usual. I guess that's good, gives the rest of our players
Parker and Thompson got their points, but Tina was frustrated
a lot, give credit to Camille and Swin. Tanisha certainly
had her own frustrating night ... a few of late. I have to
say I was kind of calling for her substitution - put Svetlana
on the floor and leave her out there.
and Quinn were no shows -- credit our defense. Betty's game
has definitely changed, she is not the creator she once was.
She has slowed up and can be defended pretty well now. I was
not surprised to see Toliver start the game, she was a great
pickup right before the opening game of the season. LA has
some players, but some of them are getting towards the end
of the careers and some are very young. The mix isn't gel-ling
goodness, it is such a joy to have Svetty on the floor. She
has to be our best off season pickup ... so seasoned, so experienced,
has control, knows how to control, no-look passes, her fakes,
drives well, and moves with or without the ball so well.
stadium was not your typical arena, we were kind of in a bowl,
which I guess makes sense since it was outdoors. The concessions,
the walking around areas, were above us. The entertainment
at the game was some high school band who was up above on
the outside that we couldn't hear very well, when they played,
2-3 times, their sound went up into the air, not down to us.
Our dance troupe was there as well as the Sparks dancing group.
They performed a couple of numbers by themselves and then
with the Sparks group once. All went well.
time-outs they too have their "crowd-generator",
but she was a bit more annoying than Shelly. And some guy
from a radio station was there last night, and he teamed up
with their gal and continued the annoyance. But we couldn't
be too upset, our Storm was winning.
fans kept getting upset when the Sparks were fighting back
and would continue to try and tie up the ball - our Storm
player would call a time-out right before the jump would be
called. That certainly pissed the fans off numerous times.
crowd wasn't very large, at least not to begin with, and the
stadium never did fill up -- even though it only holds about
Orender was there. But probably the best part of the whole
thing, aside from the big win and being 7-1 to the Sparks
1-6, was watching our girls dominate the game almost from
start to finish, and having the number of Storm fans, pretty
close together, all cheering, as much as we did.
was great fun, well worth the quick turn around trip to come
home and see our girls try to go for 8-1 against Pho tonight.
more closing remark - after the game was over and people were
filing out (the few that were left, because in the last minute
of play when it was clear that the Sparks weren't going to
pull it out, people had already starting filing out), a Sparks
fan who had been sitting in front of us, just to the right,
turned to me, grabbed my hand, shook it nicely, and said "have
a safe trip back". That was nice, I guess fans can be
nicer than their teams. Seriously, it was a nice gesture.
But, as we walked up to the top to get out of the stadium,
there were two Sparks fans standing right under one of the
TV screens showing Lisa Leslie making some end of game parting
remarks. And these fans weren't as magnimous - "We were
screwed" is what they said when they saw us.
well, you can't please all of the people all of the time.
by | storminsf
never watched a game in LA so I was a bit worried that I'd
be surrounded by Sparks fans, but of course when I got there,
I saw Storm fans everywhere including missamo80 and their
Beat LA poster and chant. I was hoping that we could all consolidate
during the second half and sit right behind the Storm bench
since the stadium was kind of sparse. I guess it was reported
to be 6000 and it filled in a bit better after the game started.
But it was a cool, cozy outdoor venue.
won't give an extensive game report since it's archived, but
here's my quick recap. Pregame, there was a good moment of
silence for the legend, John Wooden. When they announced the
Storm starting lineup, the Stormfans started making noise
and I swear Sue looked up to point us out and acknowledge
us I read a postgame quote that they were impressed with the
Storm support - glad they felt our presence.
We got off to a terrific start with Sue hitting a 3, T attacking,
Little soaring in for all those rebounds and getting all those
putpacks. Before I knew it, we were up something 21-8. But
it seemed like the Sparks were just missing a lot of easy
shots and CP3's baby hook wasn't falling. CP3 tweaked her
knee and LJ got smacked in the face and had to stop that bleeding.
W e let the Sparks back into the game and the foul disparity
started going up. It was either the second quarter or the
third where we had 4 team fouls before the sparks had even
one. thankfully, sue hit a jumper before halftime to stretch
the lead to 7 or 8.
It started getting chillier and so did our shooting. the foul
disparity continued to increase. LJ was called for a foul
everytime Parker made a move. Svetty came in and gave us a
huge lift. She had a sweet drive and no look pass and created
a lot of opportunities. She did miss a few layups here and
there towards the end of the quarter, but she then proceeded
to hit a long jumper before the end of the 3rd. It looked
like there was a bit of contact, which she clearly felt b/c
she then proceeded to rush right towards the ref only to be
stopped by Sue who had to jump off the bench to do so.
There was a bit of a meltdown - All I know is that we were
up by 17 early in the game and suddenly it was a 4 point game.
I had a deja vu moment from last June in Seattle when the
Storm almost blew a big double digit lead to hold on to win
by 2 thanks to a last second strip by Swin. The Sparks started
hitting jumpers and all those chippies they missed in the
first quarter started falling in. There was the scary moment
when 4 players collided in a scramble and Sue apparently banged
kneecaps. Her head was down and she wasn't holding any leg
part so of course my first immediate thought is the nose,
so I scanned the floor for blood and thankfully nothing. But
apparently it was the knee and she looked fine afterwards,
just a bit shaken up. She didn't miss a shot after that and
had those two long jumpers and the FTs to put us up for good.
T missed a few free throws, but LJ iced the game at the end,
which led to a huge sigh of relief by me.
Sparks fans were pretty upset at all our called timeouts before
getting tied up or traveling. T went crashing into a chair
early on in the game and completely took out the folding chair.
T, Svet, and LJ all had turns going at the refs. It looked
like LJ nicely put her arm around the ref one time to "kindly
explain the situation" - picking up something from Taurasi?
I liked the whole "blackout thing" with the black
shoes and black socks. The air did have that tar smell for
the first half, making it hard to breathe. I wonder if the
Storm got new uni's b/c they seemed to fidget with their shorts
a lot or maybe it was just Sue. And, the Sparks fans that
I ran into there were actually very nice and cordial. As I
went to get a drink at halftime (I had a feeling I would need
it), a Spark fan thanked me for making the trip down. Walking
out of the stadium, saw plenty more Storm fans and going back
to our hotel - even more Storm fans in the lobby although
funny enough, there was a couple of Sparks fans there (they
didn't look too happy) and turns out they were staying in
the next room over. Who would have figured.
I returned just in time to watch another Storm win and Celtics
win. What a great basketball filled weekend!