The Storm heads into The Stars at the Sun break with a franchise-record-tying seven-game winning streak courtesy of yesterday’s Kids Day victory over the New York Liberty without Lauren Jackson. Let’s see what they’re saying.
Storm 16-2 after winning without Lauren Jackson – Jayda Evans, Seattle Times
Jackson is doubtful to play in the WNBA vs. USA Basketball game Saturday, too. She has been evaluated three times since suffering a concussion after a hit from Los Angeles forward DeLisha Milton-Jones on Saturday and will continue to be monitored.
Jackson, whose team is 18-22 all-time without her during the regular season, still expects to travel to Connecticut for the All-Star festivities, along with Storm reserve Abby Bishop, Cash, Bird and Agler. Bishop will participate in the Australia national team’s training while Cash and Bird are representing USA Basketball in the midseason event.
Shootaround with LJ – Growing pains in Seattle – Seattle Times
I remember being so scared (as a rookie), coming into a new city. I was 19. I’d been living away from home since I was 16. So I didn’t see it as a long-term thing. I guess being drafted, I didn’t really understand the expectations or anything. I didn’t understand any of it. I didn’t know what the difference was between Australia and American basketball. But after the first year I realized it was going to be my career, and where I was going to be. I had to get used to it.
Even without Lauren Jackson, Storm rallies past Liberty – Christopher Wells, seattlepi.com
The first lead of the game for the Storm came with just more than eight minutes left in the quarter when Cash hit back-to-back jumpers for a 45-42 advantage, but the Liberty moved back ahead 58-54 at the end of the third period.
In the final quarter of play, the Storm ran out on a quick 7-0 run to take a lead of 62-60 and they went on to outscore the visitors 24-12 in the last period.
Storm use fourth quarter rally to win – Nate P., SB Nation Seattle
Through three quarters, this game seemed like the Liberty’s to lose.
Then Sue Bird stepped up in the fourth for the second time this season against the New York Liberty.
Bird scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 16 points and three assists. Combined with her 13 fourth quarter points in the first meeting in New York, Bird has scored 24 total fourth quarter points against the Liberty.
Tanisha Wright is the Nate McMillan of the Storm – Seth Kolloen, TheSunbreak.com
McMillan and Wright share a commitment to defense that makes them both coach favorites. Wright is tall for a WNBA guard (5′11″) just as McMillan was tall for an NBA one (6′5″). Both Wright (165 lbs.) and McMillan (played at 195 lbs.) have strong frames that allow them to body up defenders, but aren’t so bulky that they sacrifice speed.