score: Storm 70 Miracle 63 (W) (4-2)
Xtra Notes | Two too many
High Note | Extra high
Style | Over the top
Noise | Disappointing
| Big ones
Psyche | Slow to waken
| Go little purple dog!
Storm are now 4-2 and have another record setting night. Semeka
Randall scores the most points in a game for a Storm player
(28) and Simone Edwards hauls in a career-high 14 rebounds.
After winning a great game in Utah (you may think that they
barely won, or nearly gave it away, but were of the
half-full type here at stormfans.org a
W is a W), we werent sure what to expect tonight. After
all, they came in after an emotional win at Indiana and played
very flat at home against the Sol.
start on a good note, mostly. The singer (yeah, this is a
pet peeve if you havent guessed) added more notes to
the anthem than were originally in the song to begin with.
We give her credit though, she is working it pretty well until
she gets to the rockets red GLARE. Ouch. Bombs
bursting in AIR. Yikes. Man, she blew those two. And,
as our row mates asked, Who dresses these people?
Well leave it at that.
game starts off promisingly. The Storm jump out to a nice
lead and seem to be picking up where they left off in Utah.
The crowd is into it at the start, but then the team starts
to lose steam, and so does the crowd. Just under 4,000 show
up tonight. Yes, it is a Tuesday night, but come on people
we have a game to win. And lets face it, when
was the last time the Storm were 3-2. NEVER. Believe us when
we say that the days of 6-26 records are behind this team.
When they are on, this is an exciting bunch to
watch (and they are on more often than not).
Miracle claw their way back into the game, and although the
Storm lead at the half, it seems that Orlando is taking a
momentum boost into the locker room. When the Storm leave
the floor, they dont look too happy.
halftime entertainment are the run and jump dogs, always a
crowd pleaser. We think the competition is fixed,
no pun intended, but the team with the little Corgi dog seems
to win each time they perform. One of the first half timeout
entertainments is a Starbucks Espresso Shot contest between
two guys. All we have to say is, Wellington (the second
shooter), dude, youve got an ugly shot. And by
the way, yes, Starbucks owns a piece of the Storm, but does
every timeout contest have to be Starbucks something or other?
We get it already. Cripes, you people are on every corner
in Western Washington. We arent going to forget your
to the game. The crowd is in a coma or something. Even the
PA music is quieter than usual. It seems like the only noise
is coming from us and the Loud Guy who sits in the east side
courtside seats (and the girl behind us that got the blimp
certificate Starbucks again, isnt branding great?).
Storm stay flat and the Miracle bring it on. Our players are
standing around a lot and their passes are getting picked
off. If we had a scoreboard that kept track of stats like
points in the paint, it feels like wed have a goose-egg.
Orlando is double- and triple-teaming who ever is in the post.
Everything for Seattle is coming from the perimeter.
is not to say there arent flashes of brilliance. During
the lull, Jamie Redd drives aggressively to the basket on
2 or 3 occasions. Stacey Lovelace hits a couple of great shots
that holds off the Miracle from taking the lead. Their energy
starts to get the crowd going, and then the defense picks
up. Before we know it, the team is back to tipping passes,
contesting rebounds (Simone did get 14 after all), and stealing
a way, this is all a great sign. The Storm are showing poise,
the ability to hold off an opponent, and the ability to work
through a scoring drought by playing strong defense. You might
say, like the Utah game, the Storm almost let this one get
away. We say that they held off a strong comeback and won
a tight game.
the game, Simone comes out for the postgame interview with
David Locke. She is surprised to hear that she had a career
rebounding night. She attributes it to the fact that her Mother
is in town and cooked her some real Jamaican food. It made
her jump higher.
all could do with some Jamaican home cooking.
from Shelley, our row mate, Only in Seattle is a salad
and a glass of wine considered stadium food, after seeing
someone with said vittles in hand.
Hibbert was seen after the game wearing a heavy-duty brace
on one of her hands.
Daugherty from the UW was in attendance, as reported by stormfan
Laura: "I couldnt find quite the right Storm t-shirt
I wanted to wear, so I dug out my Husky womens basketball
shirt (youd think it would be in tatters after this
past season). Just before the game who walks down our aisle
but Husky womens Coach June Daugherty. I hollered at
her, 'Hey Coach, look look look' pointing to my shirt. She
came over and gave me a big high five and asked where I had
gotten it. I said, 'At the Husky games I went to all
of them!' She thanked me. ;-) "