The Storm closed its schedule for the month undefeated with Friday’s win over Chicago. Here’s how the stories read.
Storm routs Sky, 80-60 – Jayda Evans, Seattle Times
“We talked amongst ourselves that we’ve lost to Chicago the last three times and we wanted to have a good start,” Storm forward Camille Little said. “We played well in the first half and we just tried to keep it rolling in the second.”
With Seattle leading 12-8 with 4:18 left in the first quarter, a short jump shot by Jackson ignited a 12-0 run that probably still has the Sky players’ heads spinning. Storm coach Brian Agler put his entire front line on the 6-foot-6 Fowles, sending double and triple teams at Chicago’s go-to player until she turned the ball over while looking for her secondary options.
Storm Off to Best Start in Seattle Sports History at 22-2 with 80-60 Win – Nate Parham, SB Nation Seattle
The difference-maker in the game was that while the Storm were hitting three pointers in the first half, the Sky were missing long two point jumpers. The Storm were scorching hot from the three point line in the first half, hitting 8-14 3 pointers and outshooting the Sky 57.9% to 35.7% from the field overall. 10 of the Storm’s 11 second quarter shots were assisted, making for a simply beautiful first half performance that helped the Storm mount a 55-31 lead that the Sky were never really able to recover from.
“When you have a player like Lauren (Jackson), there’s a tendency for teams to really focus on her, to double team her and to constantly be in help in the situations where she catches the ball low,” said Storm point guard Sue Bird, who finished with 11 points and team-high 8 assists. “So for us, to have people who can spot up from the outside, they have to pick their poison with that. When we’re hitting our shots, we’re a really tough team to play against.”
Svetlana Abrosimova joined Paul Silvi of KING5 to talk about the Storm’s season: