Game Notebook: Storm vs San Antonio and Tulsa
by Jourdan Rodrigue @JourdanRodrigue
T-Fence Terrorizes Teams
Last week, the Storm players showed what they’re made of with two major victories against the West Coast-leading Lynx and East Coast-leading Sky.
Tanisha Wright, for example, showed that she just might be an opposing offense’s worse nightmare.
Head Coach Brian Agler has said before that Wright is part of “the heart and soul of the team” and that when she plays well, the team follows suit.
In last Friday’s upset over the previously undefeated Lynx, Wright, alongside Alysha Clark and Camille Little, held superstar scorer Maya Moore to only 12 points—a goal they’d decided on prior to the game, according to Clark.
Previously, in the Storm’s win against Tulsa, Wright held offensive juggernaut Skylar Diggins to only six points.
And in Chicago on Tuesday night, Wright not only played another excellent defensive game, she also led the Storm in scoring with 17 points.
After almost a decade in the league, she doesn’t seem to be slowing down any. That’s a truth that was hammered home into fans’ and opponents’ brains in the opening minutes of Tuesday’s game against Chicago. Wright had a fast break that was only contested by one Sky player, and as she approached the basket she feinted a stutter step, rolling the ball in the cradle of her wrist outward toward the defender, just far enough to cause her opponent to miss a step. Then she snapped the ball back into herself along her wrist and put in an easy layup.
It was as beautiful a ball fake as seen anywhere in the league, and Wright made it look as easy as buttering toast.
This may be her tenth season, but she’s still got it.
Storm v. San AntonioThe Storm will play the San Antonio Stars twice within the course of a week, first in San Antonio on Friday, June 13th, and then on Thursday, June 19th in KeyArena.
At 4-5, the Stars are perched at the No. 3 spot in a tough Western Conference, behind the Mercury and the Lynx. Jia Perkins, while only seeing an average of 23 minutes per game, can be counted on to score in the double digits as she’s averaging 13.2 points per game.
And both Danielle Robinson and Kayla McBride are averaging 12.4 and 11.4 points per game, respectively, so with three players averaging double-digits and the team as a whole averaging 77.1 points per game, the Storm will have to be sharp defensively.
Both games, while still early in the season, are a must-win for Seattle if they want to climb the Western Conference ranks anytime soon. In a division this tough, if they were able to put two games between themselves and the Stars, Seattle would hardly look back throughout the rest of the season—especially with mostly home games in July.
Storm v. Tulsa
Skylar Diggins and the Shock will face the Storm once more on Sunday, June 15th, and this time look for redemption. The game is on the Shock’s home court, and as Diggins was held to only six points in the last matchup, she will have studied hard to find ways to foil Tanisha Wright’s fantastic defense.
At 2-5, Tulsa could also be getting desperate for a win. The Shock sit at last place in the league in wins through Thursday the 12th, but are due for a few any day now. The Storm will have to come out hard against Tulsa, because it’s guaranteed that the Shock will think of Seattle as its opportunity to kick-start a streak that will get them back into contention in the West.
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