Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Lots of Stuff...

Stormfans.org appears to have met its goal to raise $3600 in donations for season tickets to the Storm for kids. I tried to inspire some extra giving by putting more money towards the cause and challenging others to match me. A generous Houston fan closed the final gap.

Seattle based advertising firm WongDoody has scheduled an 11am EDT press conference to annouce a 100% privately funded arena in the Seattle area that could be used to support basketball. It likely won't save the Sonics, but it could be an option for the Storm and a future NBA team. It will boil down to whether the city wants to keep Key Arena viable or not. If this arena gets built with private funds, it will compete directly with Key Arena.

Both number 2 seeds advanced to the final four last night. The stars were shining and we got to see a lot of the first round of the WNBA draft in action.

Projected #2 pick Sylvia Fowles led her Van Chancellor coached team to victory over North Carolina with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks, a steal, an assist, and four turnovers before fouling out after 38 minutes. The Tar Heels had solid performances from their seniors, Erlana Larkins (5 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists and 2 turnovers in 37 minutes) and Laurie Pringle (21 points, 11 rebounds, a block, a steal, an assist and 2 turnovers before fouling out after 35 minutes).

Projected top 4 pick Candice Wiggins set a tournament first with her second 40+ game last night. She had 41 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and only 1 turnover in 40 minutes. Her post game emotional interview was a perfect example of why I watch this game. My "Dad" instinct took over and I wanted to give her a big hug, hold her hands and jump up and down with her...she was just so darn happy. It was a thing of beauty and much more powerful than the standard post game interview. Maryland star Crystal Langhorne gave a solid final NCAA performance with 13 points, 8 rebounds, an assist and a turnover in 39 minutes. The real star, though was the 35 point, 5 assist performance of junior Kristi Tolliver who was shooting quite well at 66% despite the Cardinal defense. Stanford's offense was overwhelming and effective...they will give their final four competition a run for their money.

Up tonight, can Tennessee and Connecticut hold off their number 2 seeds?

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