score: Storm 85 Fever 81 (W) (12-2)
Clarke Stevens (groan), Felicia Grinter (hmmmm), and Tom Mauer
Lines. Lines and lines and lines of people, stretched all
over the block. I got there early to score my precious Sue
Bird Bobblehead doll, but the lines were absolutely out of
control. Guess the good people of Seattle really do like free
got there early enough to watch some pre-team warmups. The
trainer was helping Camille stretch. Man, that looked painful.
Tanisha was doing some yoga-type poses. And Swin was shooting
threes, running all over the court. Which is especially amazing,
when you consider her game performance. But, I’m getting
ahead of myself. Jenny Boucek, looking elegant even in baggy
sweats, was shagging balls for her. Both Agler and Nancy Darsch
were standing around midcourt, eyeing her critically. I’m
not sure what they saw, would love to ask them later.
nice Michael Jackson medley was playing over the PA. I later
found out that the DJs respond to requests – I think
you have to send them in through Twitter – and they’d
received a number of requests to play MJ to commemorate his
untimely death. Wow, it’s already been a year.
Someone was holding a sign entirely in Russian. I could tell
that the first word was in “Svetlana,” but the
rest of it was lost to me. Anyone see it and want to translate?
teams came out and were warming up. The Fever were very high
energy. Katie Douglas was pounding down insane shots from
the perimeter. I actually wrote down “I hope she doesn’t
do that during the game.”
hair is now officially ORANGE. VERY bright. A-Rob’s
hair shaggy, with gold streaks. Sue’s knee looked find
from the way she was moving around the floor. At first, I
thought T had done something strange to her hair, but she
was just wearing a very narrow black headband.
Caspian Coberly and his acoustic guitar. DARN IT! It’s
my fault. I said that they anthems were so great this season,
and then they went and brought back this kid. It’s not
his fault – he plays very well, but it’s an ANTHEM,
not a riff! And we were doing so well….
was the community organization.
greetings between LJ, Sue and Tully at the half-court. One
of the junior co-captains was wearing a lovely Doppler-style
Agler in light gray suit, red and blue tie. Nancy Darsch back
in brown. Jenny Boo in a surplice-style black sweater and
above-the-knee patterned cream, brown and black skirt. On
the other side, Linn Dunn was in a very nice royal blue and
black jacket-style top.
ovations for Tully and Linn. Nice applause for Tamika and
Katie. I was surprised January didn’t get a better welcome,
because I thought she was local. Okay, enough rambling.
LJ won the tip. T drove to the basket as if she was scoring,
but instead fed to Camille. SCORE! Everyone sat down. Ebony
Hoffman put up a three. Missed it. Rebound Swin. Back the
other way. Camille missed a layup. Reset offense and feed
LJ for a three. Woot! The Fever came charging back. Hoffman
with a jumper, made it this time. Camille went up for a shot
with two players on her and Tammy Sutton-Brown picked the
foul. Camille put down one of two. This was going to be the
story of our night, with the free throws, sadly.
grabbed the rebound and Indiana set up their offense. They
moved the ball well, getting us to collapse under the basket
and then feeding Catchings who sank a three. Swin missed a
three. Rebound Tully. Douglas tried to shoot, was double-teamed,
T whistled for the foul. KD sank both – and, just like
that, Indiana was on top. Weird to see Lauren bringing the
ball up, but she does it well. Short interval with missed
shots from both. Hoffman fouled Swin, who put down both free
throws. Seattle back on top.
put down an 18-footer. Turnover by Sue. TSB considerately
tossed the ball out of bounds for Indiana, thanks to some
monster pressure by LJ. Swin put up a layup, TSB blocked her
and rebounded the shot. Pass to Tamika Catching for a running
back shot. Ouch. 8 – 11 Indiana.
Fast break Seattle. T to Swin to Camille. Score! Lauren intercepted
a pass from Tully, and fed T who passed it to Camille –
Score! 12 – 11 Seattle. Catchings’ next shot over
the backboard and out of bounds. Seattle ball. LJ at the top
of the key, puts up a three – SCORE! Seattle fans dancing
in their seats. LJ called on a reaching foul.
Shellie announced the Pride Flag on top of the Space Needle.
Pandemonium. More obligatory placement, of the “I <3
Sue Bird” T-shirts, done in “I love New York”
T-shirt style. Awwwww. Alaska Airlines Seat upgrade.
and Le’coe came in. Svet immediately whistled for a
foul. KD scored. Le’coe whistled for traveling. Catchings
scored. Ouch. Swin tossed the ball out of bounds. Ouch. Scramble
under the basket , that looked as if it should have been a
jump ball, but awarded to Indiana instead. Annoyed fans. Missed
shots on both sides. Lauren hit a layup, was fouled and converted
the three-point play. Moore made a very pretty turnaround
bank shot. Really fine pass from Tanisha to Le’coe who
was waiting under the basket, faked and put it in.
fouled Moore, who put down both free throws. Sue put down
a jumper at the top of the key. Le’coe stole the ball
but wasn’t able to grab T’s pass on the fast break.
Maybe it’s Indiana, but she didn’t seem like her
usual self. A-Rob in, forced a bad pass and Swin stole the
ball from Shay Murphy, and went coast-to-coast on a layup.
T “fouled” KD (dumb call), who split the free
throws. Le’coe grabbed the rebound. Swin put down a
three. Woot! January put up a shot, A-Rob block.
27 – 20 IND
Sue Bird Superfan announcement. Very nice recognition and
picture essays. The young lady who won received quite the
stash: a netbook, jersey, signed ball, signed photo and an
upgrade to courtside seats for the remainder of the game.
Congratulations! I had the pleasure of meeting her and her
father later that evening and she’s a lovely young lady.
in for Indiana, and immediately turned the ball over, thanks
to some inspired defense from T. T made her pay with a beautiful
feed to LJ. Another mad scramble on the floor, ending with
a jump ball between Svet and Jessica Davenport. Gee, I wonder
who is going to win that? (eye roll). Svet stole the ball
from Ebony Hoffman, but Swin was whistled for the foul. TC
scored. Lots of missed shots on both sides, although Seattle
did a great job crashing the offensive boards. TSB fouled
Camille. LJ put down another three. Yay!
went on a little run – Davenport scored, Catchings stole
the ball, fouled TC, who was awarded a shooting foul (huh?),
and sank both free throws, and Douglas hit a three. Ouch.
Davenport kicked the ball out of bounds. Camille turned the
ball over, and dove for the ball, tripping Tully. Foul on
Camille. JD spun against Lauren and whistled for traveling.
Nice ball movement from Storm and Lauren sank another three.
was the last good news for Seattle for awhile, as Indiana
proceeded to demonstrate why everyone respects them so much.
Off they went on a scoring run – a reverse layup from
rookie Jene Morris, a running layup from KD, two hit free
throws, also from KD, off of a foul from Tanisha – her
third (wince); a running jump shot from Tully, and ANOTHER
jumper from KD! Interspersed with that, Swin hit one of two
free throws, off of a foul from Morris, and Sue hit a jumper,
so we did maintain contact, it was just hard to watch.
put up a jump shot, but Swin had a REALLY NICE BLOCK (go Swin!).
Catching and Hoffman both scored, but just when we were afraid
the Fever was going to run away with the game, Sue put down
a three. GO SUE! Seattle down by two. Unfortunately, Morris
also hit a three. Tanisha made a running bank shot. She went
for a layup on the very next play, and was whistled for a
charge. AWFUL call. Stupid, very bad, very frustrating call.
AND her fourth foul. Fans up and SCREAMING. BOOOO!!!!
COURSE, Douglas had to hit her last shot of the quarter and
of COURSE, it had to be a three. So, instead of finishing
the quarter 45-46, we finished it 43-49. From my perspective,
it looked as though T was fouled, too, not the other way around.
43 – 49 IND
Jet City Jumpers. Mayhem with cute little dogs. Stats were
insane – Indiana was shooting 64%? Who does that? We
weren’t playing badly, either, they, especially KD,
were just insane.
Lots of missed shots to begin the quarter. Tully drove for
a shot, missed, looked like she was traveling, no call. Agler
whistled for a technical, but Catchings missed the free throw.
Not sure if he was protesting Tully’s traveling or that
Sue got hacked on a shot – or just the heinous officiating
in general. I’m glad fans can’t get technical,
or I’d have been permanently ejected VERY early in the
season. Camille finally broke the scoring drought with a layup.
KD hit a step-back jumper, off-balance and defended; Morris
put down a three and TSB made a layup. Storm down by ELEVEN.
Seattle. I didn’t hear any shouting. That was the good
and T both came in. Le’coe promptly turned the ball
over, but redeemed herself with a very nice rebound off of
a missed Catchings three. Swin put up three shots, grabbing
her own rebound each time, before finally sinking the third.
Go Swin! Catchings hit a jumper. T drove and scored. Wow,
she is so strong. TSB put up a jumper, but Lauren swatted
it away ferociously. T drove again – tremendously gutsy
play for someone with FOUR FOULS and drew a foul against Catchings
– and sank both free throws. Concentration personified.
the Storm clamped down on defense, contesting every possession,
thwarting and hassling the Fever players, and forcing them
to put up bad shots. It worked, too. We didn’t do much
scoring ourselves (well, any, except for a split pair of free
throws from Swin and Camille), but neither did they. Finally,
with one minute to go, Zellous fouled Svet and racked up a
technical – not sure why. Lauren sank the free throw
and Svet and Swin each put down one of two (again). Wince.
However, those free throws allowed us to creep within striking
58 – 60 IND
Movie Magic, with a selection from “The Hangover.”
The guy won.
Swin hit a layup. SCORE TIED! T kicked the ball out of bounds.
Lots of kicked balls from both sides, made me wonder if maybe
the ladies hadn’t spent too much time watching the World
Cup. Morris hit a three. Camille whistled for a three-second
violation. Davenport hit a layup. Man, Indiana is really,
really good at capitalizing on the smallest of mistakes and
widening even the narrowest of openings. It’s like playing
against a team of pretty sharks.
stole the ball from Sue, but was unable to convert. Camille
stole the ball, but T whistled for traveling. They hate her
– especially #43, Tom Mauer. I honestly think he has
a crush on Katie Douglas, because every time T got within
a foot of her, out came the whistle. More boos. Camille stole
the ball again and fed Le’coe, who was hacked when she
put up her shot, but missed BOTH FREE THROWS. Ow. Storm still
down by five.
the seven-minute mark, Sue evidently decided that she’d
HAD ENOUGH and hit a three. Douglas hit a jumper. Apparently
unconcerned, our favorite point guard hit another three. STORM
AHEAD! Fans up and screaming. Tully hit her own three, to
put Indiana back on top, but the Storm were back in it now
and they – and the fans – all knew it. Sue went
on to feed LJ who hit a beautiful layup. Morris so rattled
by this (or the stellar Storm defense), she tossed the ball
out of bounds. Bad move, as Sue hit yet another three –
her third in just about two minutes. Storm up again. More
tough, gritty play on both sides. T clubbed to the ground
when she shot, and missed both free throws – I have
to think she was hacked hard, as she very rarely does that.
sent a bullet pass to LJ, who put down a layup. Douglas and
Swin both fouled, split the free throws. KD hit a three to
tie things up. Swin retaliated with a three of her own. T
picked up her fifth foul against January, who hit both free
throws. LJ drew a foul against Catchings, put down both free
throws. Storm up by two.
ugly play next – Lauren was defending at the top of
the key and January threw a mean little elbow right into Lauren’s
solar plexus. Our favorite All-Star MVP candidate dropped
hard – and the idiot ref called a foul on HER. When
Lauren recovered, she was up and shouting at the ref, but
Sue interposed herself and, politely, yet vehemently pointed
out to Mr. Imbecile that indeed having an elbow buried in
one’s solar plexus is not generally considered a foul.
When I saw the look in Lauren’s eyes, I thought, “Well,
we’ll either win, or she’ll die trying.”
inspired defense and few scoring opportunities. Catchings
fouled out. Swin hit one of two free throws. Camille fouled
KD who hit both. Storm up by two. T put up a crazy “Hail
Mary” pass to LJ, who somehow corralled it and put it
in. Storm up by four. KD fouled T, who hit one of two. Storm
up by five.
played careful defense – no fouls – and Morris
hit a three. Storm still on top by two. KD knocked into Sue,
knocking both her and the ball out of bounds. The Creamsicle
Corps spent an unbelievable amount of time reviewing the tape,
finally awarding it to the Storm. Weird play. Either KD fouled
Sue – which is how it looked – so Sue should have
shot – or they should have given the Fever the ball.
0.6 seconds to go, Tully fouled LJ – yet another inexplicable
occurrence – and Lauren hit both free throws. Crowd
started breathing again. Another one bit the dust.
score: SEA 85 – 81 IND
Swin was unbelievable. She played THE ENTIRE GAME, most often
guarding Catchings or Douglas, and still managed 21 points,
six rebounds, three assists and a block.
was also unbelievable. For the first time this year, it was
obvious when she wasn’t on the floor, because Svet was
just a hint slower, less aggressive and less pesky. She also
took over and brought the ball up when Tully was bugging Sue
too much – and had TEN assists.
was equally incredible. She single-handedly got us back into
the game in the fourth quarter, reminiscent of last year’s
games against LA. She also kept LJ from getting a technical
or getting tossed, the way a floor leader should. I vote we
have Sue Bird Bobblehead night every night.
and Camille were superlative. What can one say about that
crazy reverse layup shot, not to mention the way LJ carried
the offense on her shoulders AND the way she shot the ball.
Amazing. Camille did a great job on offense, especially early
on, and passed the ball beautifully.
was on fire last night. Every time she touched the ball, it
went in. They are a really, really good team. I’m astonished
their record isn’t better, although one can assume that
KD doesn’t scored 29 points every night – at least,
I haven’t heard about it if she has.
soooo good at forcing teams out of their game. Fortunately,
they were only partially successful with us. Also, Tully appears
to have drunk from the fountain of youth, because she was
both tireless and pesky.
did a great job defensively during her brief stint. She did
a really good job of putting the players back on their heels.
Alison was in very briefly, did well, but seemed hesitant.
Let’s hope she increases in confidence.
this game had a worrisome note, it was that we did fall off
when Svet and Le’coe came in and we only had two bench
points. Of course, some of that might have had to do with
Agler keeping the starters in FOREVER, but it seemed as though
both of our extra starters were just a bit slow on defense.
Also, our free throws sucked. I bet everyone shot 1,000 of
announcement of LJ’s bobblehead – showing Sue
and Swin playing with theirs and LJ saying, “Don’t
you girls think you’re too old to be playing with dolls?”
Both Sue and Swin slink off sadly and LJ sits down and adds
her bobblehead to the collection. Weird that they’re
all the same size.
Sue said that she “isn’t a fan of her knee right
now” (I’d think it would be the other way around),
and was icing it after the game, it didn’t seem to affect
her play much.
heard that Coach Dunn was complaining about the foul disparity.
Interesting. We drove to the basket a lot more than they did.
The officiating really was terrible, though. You know you're
in trouble when Clarke Stevens is the best ref (shudder).
ref controversy when the Idiotic Mr. Mauer FORGOT IT WAS A
SHOOTING FOUL and WE had to remind him. Good grief. Send him
and Mr. Brewton back to the elementary school level! Please!
tweeted earlier today that they were stuck in the Denver airport.
Hope this doesn’t make them even MORE tired. On to Tulsa.
went to the arena early to make sure I get the Sue Bird bobble-head
before they run out. At a quarter to six, 75 minutes before
tipoff, there were lines in front of ALL the entrances a mile
long. Obviously a lot of other people thought the same way
as I did. Save for the 2004 finals games, I had never seen
lines around the arena this long for a Storm game. I knew
we were looking at an almost full house at that point.
to my dismay a bunch of people in front of me showed their
tickets, got their bobble-heads, and then LEFT the arena.
Obviously they had no intention of watching the game. They
had bought the tickets (probably the cheapest ones) just to
get a bobble-head.
teams started the first quarter fast. We were getting rebounds
and getting second third chances. Indiana was shooting like
they couldn't miss. We made a run at the end of the quarter
to go up by 7, which was very impressive considering how hot
Indiana was. 47 points total in a quarter by two teams known
for their defense is a little unusual though. I was totally
expecting this game to be a low scoring one.
referees treated T as a marked man in the second quarter.
It was as if they were looking for a reason to call a foul
on T. Indiana was in the bouns with 4+ minutes left in the
quarter. The constant tick tack foul calling broke the rhythm
of the game for the Storm while Indiana continued with their
hot shooting. All throughout the quarter I kept thinking 'ok
KD is going to miss the NEXT one', but she never did. She
made all kind of circus shots, treys way behind the line,
and all of them kept going in. LJs three pointers and Camille's
putbacks were the only things that were keeping us in the
game while Indiana took the lead and went up by 6 to end the
quarter. Towards the end Agler lost his cool and got called
for a technical. The refs were booed loudly all the way into
the locker room.
continued scoring into the third quarter. They were successful
in shutting down LJ in the paint, and keeping the ball out
of Sue's hands. They looked invincible for a while when they
stretched their lead to 11. At that point I was wondering
'how in the heck did this team lost 4 games this season'.
'Is this the game that ends our home winning streak.' 'As
good as we are, we are going to be swept by a team this season',
etc.. Even the rowdy crowd had quieted down a bit. But then
the refs decided to call on them for ticky tack fouls they
have been calling on us all the time. KD (FINALLY!) started
missing some shots. One of their players (Shavonte) overreacted
to a ticky tack foul called on her and ended up getting a
technical. LJ scored the technical, and that was her only
points for the quarter to date. After that, our team recollected,
and we started nibbling away at their lead. Swin, Camille,
LJ and Sue all scored points and made key defensive stops.
T subbed in late and contributed to a few stops. The refs
dismissed T's final shot at the buzzer and gave her an offensive
are only down by 2 at the end of the third. There is still
hope for keeping our home streak alive!
retained the lead for much of the fourth quarter. But this
time THEY were in foul trouble. We got into the bonus with
about 3+ minutes left. Unfortunately we kept missing half
of our free throws, so we couldn't close the lead. Just as
the game was looking like a lost cause, Sue Bird decided she
had enough. Back to back three 3 pointers, and the Storm gets
its first lead since early second quarter. YAY! Sue Bird!
Indiana came right back and nailed a few treys of their own.
Swin countered with another trey. We put LJ on KD to stop
her from shooting. T started feeding LJ in the paint where
she kept scoring. Swin and LJ each had a crowd electrifying
blocks. Camille picked up some very nice off rebounds and
kept stuffing the ball in. Finally we went up by 3 points
with 2 minutes left and never relinquished the lead after
that. WHEW! Those missed free throws late in the fourth quarter
were about to give me a heart attack!
didn't help much in this game. Lecoe missed free throws and
made some silly turnovers. Svet played good defense on KD,
but her shooting was off. A-Rob and Allison played very little.
Abby and Jana did not play at all.
is the best team I have seen the Storm play so far. I know
I am looking a little too far ahead, but if we meet them in
the finals it will be an epic series.