score: Storm 46 Fire 52 (L) (0-1)
1000 or so
Xtra Notes | None
High Note | Okay
Style | Showtune
Noise | Soothing
Psyche | Calm
| Unicycles. Cool!
the first game of the new season. Everyone except Kamila and
Alessandra are here so we should get an idea of what to expect.
During the pregame warmups, the team seems relaxed. Katy gets
interviewed by Fox Sports. Most of the attention (there are
at least 3 camera crews) is on Lauren and Jackie Stiles, Portlands
first round pick. Jackie has a great looking shot. Even during
the shoot around, she looks more natural and at ease than
most of the other players on the floor. Lauren is talking
a lot with Katrina and Tully Bevilaqua (Fire, #4). Having
fellow Aussies around has to be helpful for her. Sylvia Crawley
(Fire, #00) jams during the shoot around. Why hasnt
she done it during a game yet? The anthem is performed by
some of the actors from Gypsy playing at the 5th
Avenue theater - not bad, about the straightest I ever heard
the anthem sung at a sporting event (Note: we will be keeping
anthem stats for the rest of the season).
the player introductions, the two UW grads Jamie Redd
and Amber Hall get as much applause as Lauren Jackson.
Portland wins the tip and Jackie Stiles gets her first basket
at about the 19:30 mark. The Storm bench is standing until
team gets its first basket. They stay standing until 16:26
when Katy gets a basket. Yikes. Five and a half minutes before
the first basket. True, this is the first preseason game and
many of these players havent had much time to prepare,
but it still looked frighteningly familiar. For the trivia
buffs out there, Lauren was the third Storm player to score
and got her basket at about 14:45 in the first half.
its because Hec Ed is so small (compared to KeyArena),
but we can hear everything the players are saying. The Fire
players are LOUD, especially Vanessa Nygaard (Fire #17) and
Alisa Burras (Fire #41). The Storm seem passive, quiet and
tentative compared to the Fire at this point.
also see Laurens future unfolding before us. LJ is going
to be wearing defenders like her form-fitted lycra body suit
Canberra Capitals uniform. Nygaard, Burras and Jenny Mowe
(Fire #34) have been roughing her up during the first half.
The way they are throwing bodies, double- and triple-teams
at her, Lauren may never get the ball. Nygaard especially
seems to be saying, Welcome to the WNBA, meet the floor.
play is erratic and tight. The turnovers are plentiful and
Portland is getting all the rebounds. At least the halftime
entertainment is cool. A kids unicycle troupe performs
and finishes their act with one of the older boys hopping
his unicycle over one, then two, three and finally four of
the girls. The second half gets a little better and the Storm
catch up a bit. Lauren ends up with that magical double double
(13 points, 10 rebounds) after all. Maybe there is hope.
notes: UW coach June Daugherty was in attendance as was Athletic
Director Barbara Hedges.