|Player||Floor %||Eff FG %|
|Player||Offensive Rating||Indiv Rating|
BEST NET PLUS/MINUS
Kennedy: +14 (+6 on floor)
Cash: +6 (+2 on floor)
Lewis: +4 (+1 on floor)
Robinson: +2 (+0 on floor)
MOST EFFECTIVE LINEUPS
The Storm was leading at the end of the third quarter and then fell apart in the fourth going on a -8 run over the first 9 minutes. They had a +5 run in less than a minute, but couldn't close out the game despit pulling within a point with 7 seconds left. Rookies Daphanie Kennedy and Kimberly Beck hit clutch three point shots in the final seconds to get within a heart beat of winning. Beck fouled Kim Smith who missed both free throws, but the Storm committed the cardinal sin of allowing the free throw shooter to get her own rebound, they were forced to foul again and Smith hit one of two to seal the win for the Monarchs.
Swoopes injured her shoulder in the opening minutes of the game and left for good.
Swin Cash led the Storm in scoring with 17 points in her first game in a Seattle uniform, but shot only 42% going 8 for 19 from the floor and missing 4 of 5 free throws. She did have an all around box score line with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block and 3 turnovers. With Swoopes out, the offense revolved around Cash who probably had not expected to see many minutes in her first game.
Shyra Ely played well with 16 points on 70% shooting and hit both of her free throws but turned the ball over 4 times.
Yolanda Griffith proved, again, that she has a lot to add to the Storm with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and a block in 28 minutes.
Doneeka Lewis and Kimberly Beck are clearly the leading contenders for the backup point guard spot at this point in camp. Neither shot the ball well and Lewis was scoreless, though she did a little bit of everything else and had the better overall +/- value, indicating the team did better with her in the lineup. The Storm closed the game with Beck on the floor. Coach Agler even had them on the floor together twice during the second quarter.
Kennedy has played better than Quigley thus far, but once Tanisha Wright joins the team they may be in for tougher competition.
Based on current performance in game situations, I expect O'Neil, Quigley and Santos are next on the cut list. Coach Agler already cut Leah Rush and Dee Davis.