Sunday, July 06, 2008

Game Eighteen: Storm vs. Lynx 5 July, 2008

A good, old fashioned Storm blowout in Key Arena. What a nice feeling that can give. Mayor Greg Nickels took a risk by backing up his rhetoric on helping the Storm do well by actually attending the game, of course the local basketball fans were still bleeding from their raw wounds and gave him some of the biggest boos of the game.

Candice Wiggins was truly shocked by the love she got from the crowd during introductions. I think Seattle fans are just so overjoyed to have our WNBA team and are appreciating the fact that we get to watch these women play live in our city, that we are simply giddy. I have noticed a lot more cheering for opposing teams during intros this season. The loss of the Sonics just made us realize how close we came to losing the chance to have the WNBA here that we are more appreciative of what we have now.

Storm

Most Effective Shooters


Player

True Shooting Percentage

Effective FG%

Floor Percentage

Points

Kelly Santos

90%

100%

68%

6

Tanisha Wright

80%

83%

60%

11

Lauren Jackson

74%

73%

57%

12

Katie Gearlds

72%

73%

52%

17

Camille Little

61%

50%

70%

6




Sue, Swin and Sheryl all had true shooting percentages over 50% as well. Sheryl had a solid 70% floor percentage. The only Storm players who did not shoot well were Shyra (she was 0-3), Yolanda and Kristin (neither took a single shot.) When every player taking shots except one shoots better than 50% overall, losing is not really likely. Katie has had two games in a row making the top 5 with a TS% better than 50%.

Top Ratings

PlayerOffensive RatingIndividual Rating
Camille Little152.56129.62
Kelly Santos135.22136.58
Katie Gearlds129.07129.27
Lauren Jackson123.49127.81
Swin Cash123.43100.03

Wright, Bird, and Swoopes also had offensive ratings greater than 100. Little is bullying Ely right out of the rotation.

Raw Plus/Minus
Sheryl Swoopes: +25
Katie Gearlds: +24
Lauren Jackson: +23
Sue Bird: +21
Tanisha Wright: +14
Swin Cash: +11
Camille Little: +4
Shyra Ely: +4
Yolanda Griffith: 0
Kelly Santos: 0
Kristin O'Neil: -1

Most Effective Lineups
Bird-Gearlds-Swoopes-Cash-Jackson: +10
Bird-Wright-Gearlds-Swoopes-Jackson: +7
Bird-Wright-Swoopes-Jackson-Griffith: +5

There were five +2 lineups:
Bird-Wright-Gearlds-Cash-Jackson
Wright-Gearlds-Swoopes-Cash-Jackson
Bird-Wright-Swoopes-Little-Jackson
Bird-Gearlds-Cash-Ely-Little
Wright-Gearlds-Cash-Ely-Little


Lynx
Most Effective Shooters

Player

True Shooting Percentage

Effective FG%

Floor Percentage

Points

Noelle Quinn

90%

83%

51%

7

Kristen Rasmussen

83%

83%

42%

5

Seimone Augustus

67%

65%

64%

14

Candice Wiggins

63%

50%

55%

14

Nikki Anosike

68%

57%

77%

15




LaToya Thomas and Nicole Ohlde also had TS%'s greater than 50%. Nikki Anosike was tremendous...she is really blossoming as a pro, freed to show her game was better than what Tennessee needed from her.


Top Ratings

PlayerOffensive RatingIndividual Rating
Nikki Anosike155.53133.00
Seimone Augustus140.22124.18
Noelle Quinn123.68125.57
Candice Wiggins115.53101.85
Kristen Rasmussen104.71111.03

Nicole Ohlde also had a 100.75 offensive rating. With six player performing well you would think the game would have been closer. The Storm had more possessions, but their defensive rebounding was amazing making it hard for the Lynx to score off misses.


Raw Plus/Minus
Vanessa Hayden: -1
Anna DeForge: -4
Nikki Anosike: -6
LaToya Thomas: -8
Charde Houston: -11
Noelle Quinn: -12
Lindsey Harding: -13
Nicole Ohlde: -14
Candice Wiggins: -18
Kristen Rasmussen: -18
Seimone Augustus: -20

Is having Harding back hurting the Lynx?

Most Effective Lineups
Quinn-Wiggins-Augustus-Ohlde-Anosike: +6
Harding-Wiggins-Houston-Thomas-Hayden: +1


2 comments:

sheila said...

I think some of the cheering for opposing players has to do with the increased popularity of the college game in the last few years,with more teams getting national exposure and rankings. This probably translates to people being more familiar with the newer players in the league.

Patrick said...

That certainly could be a contributing factor.