Leah Secondo Diary #6
Game Day Minnesota July 22: Game day was a busy one. I missed the shoot around to speak to boys and girls ages 9-14 at CIGNA in Bloomfield. It was part of an event called “Bring Your Child to Work Day”. There were 35 kids and parents at my session. I discussed the broadcast and journalism field along with my experiences but I tried to make the point about the importance of extracurricular activities in their lives right now. Whether it is band, sports, theater, or scouts they should try to do something after school and there is a reason for Mom and Dad to nag them to do their homework. There are scholarships out there for everything these days and they can help their parents with the financial burden by excelling in school and/or an activity.
It was great. They were very inquisitive about my work and the things that I have done in broadcasting. It was well worth an hour out of my day.
I grabbed a bite to eat and did some last minute homework for the game then headed straight to the arena.
Part of my pre-game responsibility is to do the half time interview. Each game, we try to look into the heartbeat of the 2004 Olympians from around the league. Tonight, I got a chance to sit down and chat with Katie Smith. She was great giving me lengthy and very well thought out answers to questions. Did you know she took tap and ballet at age 4?
She also tapped and danced all over the Sun on this night. The Olympian hit six threes to finish with 27 points on the night while moving into 3rd place all time in WNBA scoring. It was ugly a 68-52 Minnesota victory.
The Lynx are the Rodney Dangerfield (“No Respect, No Respect”) of the WNBA West. They are deep, versatile and unless something truly crazy happens within the Conference, will make the playoffs. I believe they could face Seattle for the Conference title.
San Antonio Game July 24: The Sun were a little sluggish out of the block. I guess the noon start could have had something to do with it. There were five ties early before Katie Douglas broke out fueling Connecticut to a 14-2 run. Douglas’ eight key points (14 on the day) lifted the sun to a 39-25 lead at the half. Shannon Johnson nearly stole the thunder in her first game back in Connecticut upon being traded during the off-season. Pee Wee scored 12 of her 15 points during a 16-2 San Antonio run. However, the Sun held together for an 8-0 run late behind Nykesha Sales’ 26 for a 67-55 win.
Wendy Palmer didn’t play due to a slightly pulled hamstring. She will have the entire week off to rest it for Friday’s game in Washington. Asjha Jones, Jess Brungo and Le’Coe Willingham did a decent job off the bench to make up her minutes. Asjha actually had a career high seven assists on the game.
Wendy, I am going to tell the world that I owe you!
Wendy and I made a bet on the flight back from Detroit this past week. She thought Van Chancellor would add Ruth Riley to the Olympic team and I said no. We bet dinner…and I lost.
I think Ruth is a solid player. I just thought that there might have been a more versatile player to replace Delisha Milton Jones someone like Taj McWilliams-Franklin or Chamique Holdsclaw who can play more than one position and can get out in transition.
I was wrong and Wendy…I got you on the road.