Saturday, May 03, 2008

PRESEASON: Storm @ Monarchs 5-2-2008

PlayerFloor %Eff FG %


PlayerOffensive RatingIndiv Rating

Kennedy: +14 (+6 on floor)
Cash: +6 (+2 on floor)
Lewis: +4 (+1 on floor)
Robinson: +2 (+0 on floor)

Beck-Kennedy-Gearlds-Cash-Ely: +8
Beck-Kennedy-Cash-Robinson-Griffith: +2
Beck-Lewis-Gearlds-Cash-Griffith: +2
Lewis-Kennedy-Cash-Robinson-Griffith: +2

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.


Jessica said...

Hi! It looks to me like Agler is leaning towards Beck as back-up PG. What do you think of her? I seem to remember reading somewhere how small she is both in height and bulk. Do you think this will be a problem?

By the way, I love your blog and check it all the time. Thanks!

Patrick said...

Prior to today, I had not seen Beck play. She is very slight and not all that tall, but is very aggressive defensively and handles the ball well. I am not sure who Agler is leaning towards at this point. Lewis is playing very well...I like what I saw from her in practice today. I also like Daphanie Kennedy...she had a good game on Friday and looked great in practice today. She reminds me a lot of Betty Lennox, and it is not just the hair. She is feisty at the two guard spot.

Thands for the feedback.