score: Storm 82 Silver Stars 61 (W) (11-2)
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short take on this game is that the Storm started slowly on
offense, only leading by single digits through the first half
when they should have been up by 20. They started the third
quarter with an offense clicking as well as their defense
had been in the first half and pretty soon they were up by
Storm outplayed the Silver Stars throughout the game, it just
took some time for the score to reflect that.
was kind of surprising to see how dominating the Storm really
were, especially in rebounding. The Silver Stars have a lot
of height with Snow, Frazee, Appel and Holdsclaw (Riley was
a no-show). It didn't matter. The Storm's short front line
out jumped, out hustled and out willed their way to what seemed
like every loose ball and rebound. LJ ended the game with
14 while Swin and Camille both had 9. Those three had more
rebounds than the whole San Antonio team put together.
the Silver Stars were able to cut the lead to three before
the Storm kicked it into high gear. I was concerned at the
half when the Storm were only leading by 7 that the Silver
Stars might hang around long enough to put together a little
run with their three-point shooters or start taking advantage
of their height a little more efficiently and end up stealing
Storm wouldn't have any of that. As soon as the Silver Stars
got within three, the Storm responded by going on a tear and
outscoring the Silver Stars by 9 in the quarter to push the
lead back up to 16. The fourth quarter was more of the same
– the Storm in complete control on both ends of the
court with only the occasional foul to slow them down. The
Storm walked away with it, turning what started out as a tight-ish
game into another blow out.
real drama came in the third quarter when Sue went down on
her left leg and looking like she seriously injured it. She
was down for just a bit and had a lot of trouble putting any
weight on the knee when she tried to get up. She hobbled off
the court in obvious pain. When she made it to the bench,
the trainer tried to give her a supporting arm, but she waved
him off. Given our vantage point directly across from the
bench, we were able to see her start to jog down the tunnel
towards the locker room.
thought that was a pretty good sign, the jogging, thinking
that the injury couldn't be too bad if she could run on it.
On the other hand, she didn't come out of the locker room
until well into the fourth quarter. The longer she stayed
in their, the worse I thought it might be. When she did finally
come out, she has a huge ice pack on either side of her knee,
but she looked like she as in decent spirits. She sat down
at the end of the bench and took to describing what happened
to her teammates.
the end of the game, she had taken off the ice and was walking,
gingerly to be sure, out to shake hands with the Silver Stars
and join the rest of the Storm at mid-court for their post
one thing the Storm haven't had to deal with yet has been
injuries. With Sue hobbled or at least slowed down, depending
on the severity of her injury, the Storm will have to rely
more on their depth as they move into the middle of the season.
Tonight, the Storm didn't miss a beat with Sue out for most
of the second half. It will be interesting to see how they
perform if she is limited in her playing time during a complete
from Sue's knee, the other story line for me from this game
was Sveta. She got more time in the game with Sue's absence
and was put on Becky Hammon most of the time. The Silver Stars
had height at the forward and center positions, but the Storm
had it at the guard spots and they used that to help control
the San Antonio offense. Svet and T combined to keep Becky
to 4-14 shooting and were able to keep her from effectively
leading the Silver Stars' plays.
Storm really are playing 8 deep and their high scoring games
are allowing the other three players to get some decent court
time. Hopefully, by the time the playoffs roll around, the
Storm might be playing 9 or 10 deep. I have hopes that Lacey
will come around once she gets over her recent illness and
gets back into the swing of things. Arob, who knows. She and
Bishop both seem too nervous out there. Maybe Bishop will
get more confidence as the season progresses. I don't know
about ARob. If she isn't playing better by now after so many
seasons, I'm not sure what might pull her up.
parents were in the front row next to the Hasselbecks. Also
in attendance was Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn who was at the
game with his daughters. He got a few boos when introduced.
All the fathers in the crowd were recognized for Father's
Day. The odd thing was that the music played during this was
Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion. Not sure that was entirely appropriate.