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Storm-Sparks 2009 Season Series

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Friday, June 26 - at Storm 69, Los Angeles 67
Swin Cash preserved the Storm's 69-67 win over the Sparks June 26 at KeyArena, stripping the ball from Tina Thompson on the final Los Angeles possession to keep Thompson from attempting a tying shot. The Storm led throughout the first three quarters, extending the advantage to 16 points just after halftime. From there, the Sparks were able to clamp down defensively, going on a 12-run and ultimately tying the game with 4:39 to play. Lauren Jackson came up huge, scoring a three-pointer and a layup on consecutive possessions to give the Storm the lead for good. But after a Thompson score and Jackson splitting two free throws, Los Angeles had a chance to tie or win, with Cash's steal coming just as time expired. Jackson led the Storm with 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting, while Sue Bird added 15 points and five assists. Thompson scored 20 points for the Sparks.
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Sue Bird lifted the Storm to victory on July 22 in a 3OT matchup with L.A.
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Sunday, June 28 - at Los Angeles 82, Storm 55
The Storm suffered its worst loss of 2009 June 28 in Los Angeles, struggling at both ends of the floor in an 82-55 loss to the Sparks. The loss snapped a three-game Storm winning streak but moved Los Angeles to 3-0 at home with three wins by 20-plus points. The Storm led 17-15 after one quarter, but the Sparks took control in the second quarter. The game got away from the Storm as the third period wound down, with L.A. going on a 14-2 run over the last 3:16 of the period. Brian Agler went with his bench for the duration of the fourth quarter as the Sparks continued to extend their lead.

No Storm players scored double-figures as aggressive defense limited Jackson to nine points on 3-of-10 shooting. Her streak of eight straight games with 20-plus points was snapped one game shy of the WNBA record to start the season. Camille Little also scored nine points. It was the first time in franchise history the Storm failed to have a single player score double-figures. Bird was limited to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting as the Storm hit 34.6 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers. Marie Ferdinand-Harris led five L.A. players in double-figures with 15 points.
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Wednesday, July 22 - at Storm 98, Los Angeles 87 (3OT)


Three overtimes were needed to determine a winner July 22 in the second-longest game in Storm franchise history. The teams traded the lead throughout the fourth quarter and the first two overtimes, but were unable to convert on multiple chances to win the game at the buzzer - L.A. in the regular and first OT, the Storm in the second extra session. Finally, in the third overtime the Storm pulled away behind Bird. She knocked down a trio of three-pointers as the Storm used a 16-0 run to defeat the Sparks going away, 98-87.

Bird finished the night scoring a season-high 23 points and making seven shots from beyond the arc to set a new franchise record. All five Storm starters scored double-figures, including Jackson (ejected after a second technical foul) and Tanisha Wright (fouled out), both of them long gone by the time the night concluded. Little also came up big with 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
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Thursday, Aug. 6 - at Los Angeles 79, Storm 75 (OT)


Two weeks after the Storm needed three overtimes to win at KeyArena, the two teams went to OT again, the Storm's third straight overtime affair - tying a WNBA record. Initially, the visitors seized control with the first six points of the extra session, but Noelle Quinn's three-pointer kicked off a 12-0 run that buoyed a 79-75 Sparks victory.

Quinn led Los Angeles on a night when the bigger Sparks stars were held in check by the Storm's defense. She scored a career-high 23 points, eight of them in OT. Jackson paced the Storm with 21 points before fouling out in overtime. Three Storm players - Cash, Little and Wright - had 14 points apiece, and the backcourt of Wright and Bird had six assists each without a turnover.
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Head-to-Head Stats

                            -FIELD GOALS-   -3-POINT FG--   -FREE THROWS-   --REBOUNDS--
PLAYER            G GS  MIN   FG   FGA   PCT  FG  FGA   PCT   FT  FTA   PCT  OFF  DEF  TOT  AST   PF  DQ  STL   TO  BLK   PTS   AVG
Jackson           4  4  144   29    59  .492   8   18  .444   14   17  .824    6   11   17    3   17   1    4    7    6    80  20.0
Bird              4  4  151   20    56  .357  10   29  .345    2    2 1.000    1    9   10   18    5   0    3    6    1    52  13.0
Cash              4  4  146   14    47  .298   4    8  .500   14   19  .737    7   19   26   10   12   0    4   10    2    46  11.5
Little            4  4  134   16    31  .516   0    2  .000   13   19  .684   12   19   31    5   14   1    7    4    2    45  11.3
Wright            4  4  129   15    34  .441   2    7  .286    8    8 1.000    8    9   17   14   15   1    6    7    0    40  10.0
Gearlds           3  0   37    5    12  .417   4    8  .500    0    0   ---    0    2    2    3    4   0    1    2    1    14   4.7
Johnson           4  0   67    2    16  .125   2    8  .250    6    8  .750    2    3    5    6    4   0    3    6    2    12   3.0
Batkovic-Brown    2  0   16    2     3  .667   0    0   ---    0    2  .000    1    2    3    1    2   0    0    4    0     4   2.0
Burse             4  0   55    1     9  .111   0    0   ---    2    6  .333    5    9   14    0    6   0    1    4    3     4   1.0
Robinson          3  0   11    0     1  .000   0    0   ---    0    0   ---    0    1    1    0    1   0    0    0    1     0   0.0
Walker            1  0   10    0     1  .000   0    0   ---    0    0   ---    0    1    1    0    2   0    0    0    1     0   0.0

STORM             4 -   900  104   269  .387  30   80  .375   59   81  .728   42   85  127   60   82   3   29   56   19   297  74.3

                            -FIELD GOALS-   -3-POINT FG--   -FREE THROWS-   --REBOUNDS--
PLAYER            G GS  MIN   FG   FGA   PCT  FG  FGA   PCT   FT  FTA   PCT  OFF  DEF  TOT  AST   PF  DQ  STL   TO  BLK   PTS   AVG
Leslie            1  0   30    7    14  .500   0    0   ---    1    4  .250    5    1    6    4    4   0    0    3    2    15  15.0
Thompson          4  4  153   21    41  .512   6   13  .462   10   12  .833    3   12   15    9   13   0    3   12    2    58  14.5
Parker            2  2   91   12    27  .444   0    3  .000    4    4 1.000    5   18   23    7    7   0    1    7    7    28  14.0
Lennox            3  3   92   11    34  .324   1    9  .111   17   19  .895    2   19   21    7    7   0    2   15    1    40  13.3
Quinn             4  1  126   20    33  .606   5   11  .455    6    7  .857    7   13   20   10    6   0    5    5    2    51  12.8
Milton-Jones      4  4  142   16    43  .372   4    9  .444   11   13  .846   12   15   27   11   19   1    4    7    2    47  11.8
Ferdinand-Harris  3  2   52   12    25  .480   1    2  .500    0    0   ---    2    5    7    1    3   0    4    2    0    25   8.3
Hayden            3  0   57   10    20  .500   0    0   ---    2    3  .667    4    5    9    2    5   0    0    1    5    22   7.3
Bobbitt           4  0   59    5    18  .278   2    8  .250    2    2 1.000    2    3    5    9    5   0    3    4    0    14   3.5
Harrower          4  4   79    5    13  .385   1    2  .500    1    1 1.000    2    8   10    9    7   0    1    5    0    12   3.0
Wisdom-Hylton     3  0   18    1     5  .200   0    0   ---    1    2  .500    2    3    5    0    0   0    1    1    0     3   1.0

SPARKS            4 -   900  120   273  .440  20   57  .351   55   67  .821   46  102  148   69   76   1   24   72   21   315  78.8