Today in the WNBA: July 18, 2008

By Andrew Medeiros

July 18, 2008: Scoreboard | Video Play of the Day | Today in the WNBA Archive

Deanna Nolan helped the Shock jump out to a big lead during Detroit's 99-62 win over the Mystics with 19 of her 26 points in the first quarter. Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images
Storm Rumbles through Jackson's Absence

Seattle falls behind, battles back for win: It looked at first like Seattle might struggle to maintain its hot streak without reigning MVP Lauren Jackson in the run up to the Olympic break, but the Storm righted the ship in time to extend their six-game winning streak with a 65-59 road win over the Indiana Fever on Friday. The Fever took a 17-point lead in the second quarter, but Seattle was able to increase the tempo and closed the half on a 16-5 run. As the Storm began to make their shots in the second half, they took control of the game. "I definitely wasn't shooting the ball well and I heard about it at halftime," said Seattle guard Sue Bird, who was held scoreless in the first half. Bird bounced back in the second half, scoring eight of her 11 points in the fourth quarter including a 3-pointer that put Seattle ahead to stay with 5:20 to play. Sheryl Swoopes saw extra action in Jackson’s absence and capitalized with a game-high 15 points. The Fever were led by center Tammy Sutton-Brown, who took advantage of Jackson’s absence in the low-post with nine of her team-high 12 points in the first half. The Storm will play four more games without Jackson, who is practicing for the Olympics with the Australian national team, before the break.

Dream rally falls short: Former Sacramento Monarch Kristin Haynie shined in her return to Sac-town on Friday, but the Atlanta Dream failed to complete a 19-point comeback. The Dream trailed the whole way, but watched the deficit creep up to 19 early in the fourth quarter before beginning the comeback. Betty Lennox scored all 11 of her points in the fourth quarter as Atlanta outscored Sacramento by 12 in the final period, but missed out on its third win of the current road trip. Haynie chipped in a season-high 12 points against her former team, while rookie Crystal Kelly led Sacramento with 15 points.
"We'll all be excited to play outside, but it's also another game that we really need to win. It's against New York and they're ahead of us in the standings. It'll be a big game."

-- Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown on Indiana's upcoming matchup with the New York Liberty in the Outdoor Classic.

Deanna Nolan, Shock
26 pts, 11-14 FG, 3-5 3-pt FG, 1-1 FT
99-62 win at Mystics

Cheryl Ford, Shock
14 pts, 5-7 FG, 4-6 FT
99-62 win at Mystics

Kristin Haynie, Dream
12 pts, 5-7 FG, 2-3 3-pt FT
77-73 loss at Monarchs

Monique Currie, Mystics
1-6 FG, 0-1 3-pt FG, 8 pts
99-62 loss vs. Shock

Alana Beard, Mystics
1-7 FG, 1-3 3-pt FG, 3 pts
99-62 loss vs. Shock

Lindsay Whalen, Sun
1-8 FG, 0-1 3-pt FG, 2 pts
73-65 loss at Sky

Saturday's Games ...

  • Indiana at New York, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
  • Minnesota at San Antonio, 8 p.m. ET
  • Los Angeles at Houston, 8:30 ET
  • Atlanta at Phoenix, 10 p.m. ET
  • Carson

    Crystal Kelly recorded back-to-back double-digit games this week. The third round pick out of Western Kentucky has averaged 6.5 points and three rebounds a game for the Sacramento Monarchs. After scoring 10 points off of free throws on Saturday, the forward again worked her way to the line against the Atlanta Dream for 15 points, including 9-of-11 from the charity stripe, to go along with five rebounds during Friday's 77-73 win.
    The Detroit Shock cruised to a 99-62 road win against the overmatched Washington Mystics on Friday, allowing their talented bench to shine with the extra playing time. Alexis Hornbuckle, Plenette Pierson and Kara Braxton led the way with 10 points each. Braxton and Hornbuckle also tied for a team-high six rebounds apiece, while Pierson added five boards, four assists and two steals.