score: Storm 51 Lynx 65 (L) (10-20)
Xtra Notes | By far the most ever, but that's
okay because Scott's a jazz snob and will let it pass this
High Note | More than one
Style | Jazz guitar solo
Noise | We scared the baby away
| Nothing of note
Psyche | May we have another?
| The Nike or Starbucks or somebody's girls
thirty games into the season and Im sensing a pattern
KeyArena is packed (or as packed as it gets for the Storm),
the team has a bad game. Through a combination of the Lin
Dunn bobblehead giveaway and good word of mouth from the Houston
win the other night (determined by an unscientific stormfans.org
survey of 2 people), there are nearly 8,000 fans at tonights
game, the second highest reported attendance figure for the
contention has been for anyone that weve brought to
a game is that if you come to see one, youll be hooked
and come back. Im sure that the Storm management agrees
with that idea, but every time the Key is packed the team
plays flat and loses. The highest attendance this year was
a whopping 9,000+ for the Portland game on July 20
again the team plays flat, hesitant and seemingly unsure of
themselves. This doesnt make a lick of sense when you
compare this game to the game against Houston just two days
ago. I think that on Wednesday, we saw the real Storm. Tonight,
we see the pod-people who sometimes pose as the Storm.
not going to go into all the gory details. Suffice it to say
that everything that went right on Wednesday went wrong tonight.
Successful drives to the basket against the Comets turn into
seemingly out-of-control drives into multiple defenders against
the Lynx. Smothering defense and fastbreaks against the Comets
becomes lackluster energy and running down the shot clock
against the Lynx. Shots fall from all over the court against
the Comets, but shots miss the rim against the Lynx.
is a second pattern at work here. Against the best and the
greatest, the Storm rise to the occasion and have played their
best games. Against the worst and the lowest, the Storm have
played their worst games. Is it because the Sparks, Comets
and other good teams dont consider the Storm a threat
and relax, allowing the Storm to play stronger? Conversely,
do the Storm consider the bad teams to be easy wins and do
the same thing, relax and allow the other team to control
frustrating as it is for us to watch, this has got to be frustrating
for the team. All of these women come to this team with winning
backgrounds, whether it be in the college, Olympic or international
realms. We hope that they can see that when they work together
and play with confidence they can beat just about anybody
on a given night. We hope that they can see better days coming
and dont start asking to be traded or just not exercising
contract options to stay. We are one or two players away from
being a solid contender that could be current players
stepping up or it could be new people.
Sonja said in a recent newspaper article about the Houston
game, We have to come out with the same energy and intensity
that we had against Houston
if we can put that in a
If they could put it in a bottle, theyd
be at least playing the Sparks in the first round of the playoffs
a couple of weeks from now.
recently heard that Lauren is suffering from an on-going shoulder
injury that has been aggravated by the heavy WNBA schedule.
Tonight is the first time that we notice her favoring it.
Anytime she comes in or goes out of the game, she is stretching
it out. At the half, she goes into the tunnel wearing an arm
sling. At the end of the game, she has a huge ice pack on
her shoulder. A couple of our Australian members on the Forum
have said that it isnt a huge deal and is something
shes had for awhile. We hope that it is something that
can be taken care of in the off-season and doesnt impact
her play for the WNBL Canberra Capitals or affect next years
season for the Storm.
is in street clothes, looking pretty sharp by the way, because
she reportedly injured one of her knees during practice.
Smith breaks Cynthia Coopers single season scoring record
tonight. I guess thats good
for Lynx fans.
what about the bobbleheads? Well, theyre heavy. All
of them are given out. After the supply of 5,000 runs out,
fans are given the Lin Dunn head on a stick giveaway from
last year. At least there arent any riots or fisticuffs
over who got one or not. Stormrocks said that she is going
to put her bobblehead on her desk at work and ask it every
once in awhile, Are you going to play Katy Steding more?
And of course, the bobblehead will agree to do just that.
Barnes comes out after the game for a Q&A. Apparently, she
found out that she would be playing tonight at 4:55 pm while
she was stuck in traffic on the 520 floating bridge. She had
been on the injured list because, as she says, she had a
bruise on her bottom. Chris, the Storm staffer moderating
the session, opens it by asking Quacy to describe how she
got into basketball. She says that she started when she was
12 or 13 because some crazy guy kept telling her
that she should play ball and kept dragging her to the gym.
He ended up being her high school coach. Chris also asked
what her off-season plans are. She says that she plans to
visit Korea for three weeks and then go home and substitute
teach. By teaching, she feels like she is giving back to her
community. Her teaching degree is in Physical Education, but
as a substitute she does get to teach a little of everything.
She loves teaching for elementary and high schools, but not
junior high. She says that is just a weird age.
A young fan asks Quacy how tall she was when she was 12. Q
answers that she remembers being 6 2 at that time,
but all the boys in her class were small anyway so it didnt
seem that different. Another question is what is the thing
she likes most about basketball. She says that the competition
is what she likes best. She says she cant even teach
basketball because she gets too competitive with it. She can
teach other sports and not get too involved, but not basketball.
Another question is how the team gets pumped up for a game.
She says that Simone dances and sings and that gets everyone
going. Simone, who is on the other end of the arena, hears
her name and yells out something, but we cant make it
out. Finally, Chris asks Quacy what advice she can give to
young people who want to get into basketball or succeed at
whatever they are in to. She says that it is important to
set goals and to work to achieve them. She is currently working
on setting some new goals of her own because she has achieved
many of her goals in the last 3 or 4 years. She says be a
goal setter, dream big and achieve your goals.