Shock Fall To Storm In Pre-Season Game

After falling behind big in the first quarter, the Shock were unable to recover as they fell to the Seattle Storm in their first and only pre-season game of the 2011 season, 76-70 at Key Arena.

"The first half, especially the first quarter, we were so nervous. The nervous energy, you could see it. We couldn’t shoot, we couldn’t dribble – it looked like we’d never played," Head Coach Nolan Richardson said. "Toward the end of the second quarter, we started playing a little bit better. When we came out in the third quarter, we really started playing like we had been practicing. We must’ve won the third quarter and the fourth quarter. That’s what I was telling them – (Seattle) won the first two, but we won the third and the fourth. So what we’re doing, we’ve got a chance to be pretty good if we can just keep everybody on the same page."

Amber Holt led the Shock with 25 points, 11 of them coming during the team's third quarter rally that cut a 20-point halftime lead to just 12 heading into the fourth quarter.

"We came out a little slow and in the second half we picked it up a little bit. We need to play like we did in the second half. Once we get it together, we’ll be a good team," Holt said. "We hustled. If we keep hustling and playing with our heart, we’ll come up with a lot of wins."

In her WNBA preseason debut, rookie Elizabeth Cambage had 10 points and eight rebounds with eight of her 10 points coming from the free throw line.

"I was so nervous. The first quarter, I was so sick and had to run back and get it all out of my system," Cambage said. "But even getting off the plane yesterday, I was just so nervous going into training. Sometimes my emotions get the best of me, but all of the girls are supporting me so much and all I can do is improve and get meaner on the court."

Considering the circumstances, Richardson was pleased with the performance of his rookies in a tough environment against the defending WNBA Champions.

"This was her (Cambage's) first pro game in the United States and she was going against one of her fellow Australians in (Lauren) Jackson, the MVP," Richardson said. "I thought she did settle down and became a force around the basket. They weren’t getting anything easy anymore and she was able to control the boards when she was in that area. I liked Chastity Reed’s energy and tenacity as a rookie. And Kayla PedersEn is one of my favorite kinds of players. She’s everywhere. She’s going to rebound, she’ll hit some shots and she’ll guard people so when you look at those three rookies, I was really pleased."

Tweeting Thoughts

@ecambage - First @wnba game, so happy that game is out of my system, I threw up I was so nervous!!!!! The only way is up!! Bring on the hard work

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