- Highest point total for a Lib? Willis, with 15, all of them from beyond the arc. Remember when I said that we made a bad trade for her? No? Neither do I...
- Davenport played a total of four and a half minutes. If someone's sending her a message, it's ringing loud and clear.
- Lindsay Bowen was out there again, only for four minutes, registering no points.
- No Martina Weber. Come on? What is there to lose.
- After starting 5-0, we're now 7-7 for the season. That's 2-7 since our skid began, with only 3 wins in our last ten.
It's not as bad as it may seem. There's twenty games left in the season - a lot of wiggle-room is available. Five games are left against opponents we have significantly good chance of thumping - two games against Chicago, two against Washington, and one against Minnesota. If we take four of those five, that leaves us fifteen games left at 11-8.
Storm 94, Sky 76
Houston 75, San Antonio 67
Washington 91, Connecticut 75
The Seattle-Chicago game is the only game that didn't surprise me. Chicago is everybody's darling this year, and I can't stand it. Sure, Candice Dupree is killer (18 pts, 7 rbnds), and Jia Perkins had a tremendous game (19 pts, 7 rbnds), but they come across as a team of individuals, rather than a unified front. Thankfully, the ladies from Puget Sound didn't dissapoint me and thoroughly stomped the Sky. Lauren Jackson? A monstrous 33 points, with 12 rebounds.
Houston's beating of the Silver Stars was a bit surprising, but not much. I'd always thought the Comets had a bit more talent than people were giving them credit for (check my old posts if you don't believe me), and since they won they're first game, they've been playing really well. San Antonio, so strong against the Libs, couldn't handle their fire, I guess. Highlights? Becky Hammon (SA) with 32 pts, Houston with four of their starters scoring above ten points, San Antonio shooting almost 50% from the field, and the Comets 35 (!) rebounds.
The biggest surprise was Washington's utter dismantling of the Sun. Alana Beard (WAS), with 20, was one of four Mystics with more than 12 points, while Katie Douglas led the Sun with 19. It sucks that the Sun are so bad at home, considering how well a team in Uncasville is supported, but if one can't take care of D.C. on the road, maybe it's for the best that the season is ratched up to a loss and people begin thinking about next year. That drops the Sun to 1-6 at home, and makes for the Mistakes fourth win of the season, putting them a game behind the Sun for the battle for the bottom in the East.
Monarchs @ Sparks
The Monarchs are a different story. A day off doesn't mean as much in the WNBA as it does in other leagues, but it does help out a lot, especially going on the road against a team that they've had trouble with this season (an 88-85 win, and a double overtime loss). The Sparks haven't been doing well recently, but they do have enough of a passing game to overwhelm a defensive system. Sparks by 4.
An interesting article by Clay Kallam about the future of the WNBA. It's like my "Now and Future" essay way back when, except his is, you know, better written, well-researched, and with a firm grip on reality. Good stuff, if a bit depressing.
This Livejournal fellow has a different, though similar, take on last night's game . He (she?) is also disgruntled about game that Sacramento is playing. Much like the New Jersey Devils, a winning team doesn't always make a fun team to watch.
This other Blogspot blogger has her own WNBA site up and running. She's still in high school, and she JUST started out, but check out her site and leave comments to tell her to keep it up. She has a nice "just-the-facts" style of writing, I must say. She might go up on my links.
Speaking of links, I'm going to clean house on this blog soon. Meaning, that all of the Liberty Belles, Nicknames, etc. are going to be up on the left and, hopefully, all the broken pics will be replaced. I can't promise anything - work, writing, and doing my thing come first - but if I get a chance, I'll do it. Performance piece up in the afternoon.
See ya, Space Cowboy...