In a rematch with the Los Angeles Sparks Tuesday, the Storm showed signs of progress but was unable to overcome lengthy scoring droughts in a 13-point loss. The most costly covered the last 4:54 of the third quarter. After an Ann Wauters free throw brought the Storm within four, the host Sparks answered with a 14-5 run that ensured the Storm would get no closer than 10 during the final period. During the stretch, the Storm missed five shot attempts and committed four turnovers, scoring all five points from the foul line. For the game, the Storm shot just 35.9 percent on two-points attempts, and while their 19 turnovers were an improvement on 27 in the opening loss at home, those miscues still turned into 24 Los Angeles points.
A balanced Storm attack was led by the newcomers. Wauters scored 15 points, adding eight rebounds, and Tina Thompson scored nine of her 13 from beyond the arc. Katie Smith (11) and Camille Little (10) also reached double figures for the Storm. It was a tough night for the backcourt. Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright combined for seven points on 3-of-12 shooting and as many turnovers as assists (nine apiece). Candace Parker predictably bounced back from a slow opener, leading L.A. with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Kristi Toliver contributed an efficient 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
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"We're still trying to find our identity as a team," Agler said. "I'm hoping it happens sooner than later. It's not panic mode."
- Brian Agler Complete Quotes/Notes
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Ann Wauters rises to contest Candace Parker's shot attempt.
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