Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 Game 4 vs. Mystics

Top Performers

NameFloor %eFG %TS %Points+/-
Camille Little65%64%63%11+6
Sue Bird58%71%114%16+12
Tanisha Wright54%60%63%16-5
Le'Coe Willingham53%60%108%8+1
Swin Cash46%50%70%14+9

NameFloor %eFG %TS %Points+/-
Marissa Coleman73%133%103%8
Monique Currie60%71%76%24
Crystal Langhorne52%56%74%14

Top Lineups

Bird-Abrosimova-Cash-Willingham-Jackson: +11
Bird-Wright-Cash-Little-Jackson: +6

First of all, let me just say that I REALLY like what Coach Julie Plank is doing with Washington. She is really using her roster well and the style of play that she in implementing with them should be very effective and help them be very successful this season. This is a much improved team with her at the helm and I expect them to keep getting better.

It was a hard game to watch. I guess we are being told to get used to this. The Storm seem to go through the motions staying close to teams and then locking them down in the fourth quarter. Four close wins are still W's in the win/loss column, but they are putting themselves at risk when facing teams better prepared and more experienced than those played up to this point.

I got to share the game with a first timer, my friend's six year old daughter came with us, attending her first professional sporting event ever. She really seemed to have a blast (though she was exhausted by the end and slept the whole way home) cheering, chanting defense and hitting her thunder sticks together.

The fourth quarter was VERY exciting, though I was quite distressed to have a close game with Katie Smith on the floor for the opposing team. She may be a half step slower than two years ago, but she is a clear leader on the floor and capable of turning the clock back at any moment and nailing critical shots or getting key steals and rebounds. The Storm survived though, because of spectacular bench play from Abrosimova and Willingham. That left the starters fresh and both Camille and Tanisha had fresh legs under them when they hit some big threes in the second half because of the rest the bench earned for them.

4-0 folks. Only two teams remain undefeated. That is a lot of responsibility to bear. Let's hope the Storm can hold on to that weight and grow that first number.

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