In the Seattle Times, stringer Hank Lowenkron writes about the Storm offense struggling in Indiana’s fifth consecutive win.
A 43 percent shooting effort and 20 turnovers were costly to Seattle. The Fever scored 20 points on 20 Seattle turnovers, and Indiana shot nearly 54 percent from the field.
“Indiana played very well,” said Seattle coach Brian Agler. “They disrupted our offense. We couldn’t get in the flow.”
On SBN Seattle, Nate Parham highlights the Storm’s turnover woes.
The Storm had 19 turnovers for the game, which is a higher rate than usual and made it difficult for them to find a flow in their offense. That combined with a lack of free throw shooting (2-for-4 for the game) and shooting 25 threes is the mark of an offense that isn’t particularly fluid.
On the other side, the story was replacement point guards Erin Phillips and Shannon Bobbitt playing well in the Fever’s first game without starter Briann January, who is out for the season.
The two point guards supplied energy and more. Phillips had six assists, one off her career high, along with seven points and three steals in 27 minutes. Bobbitt played 13 minutes and scored all of her eight points in the second quarter, featuring two 3s.
“I’ve got superstars around me,” Phillips said. “Having them help me, encouraging me, makes life so much easier. When they’ve got full confidence in you, you can’t help but have confidence in yourself.”
If you read just one thing today, make it Ned Griffen’s feature for The Day in Connecticut about Le’coe Willingham, who started her career with the Sun as an undrafted rookie and has emerged as one of the league’s most successful players.
There haven’t been many WNBA players who have enjoyed as much success as Willingham has the last seven years. The former Connecticut Sun forward has shown an uncanny knack for joining winning teams. She was part of Connecticut’s 2004 and 2005 Eastern Conference championship teams in addition to the WNBA titles she earned in Phoenix and Seattle.
“I get a feeling from being around a team,” Willingham said. “Being (in Connecticut), being a part of two special runs, back-to-back (years) going to the championship, you get a feeling for when a team is really tuned in and ready to go. That was the feeling in 2009 with Phoenix.
“When I decided to come to Seattle, I wanted to win. I felt like it was a great chance for me to win again. It ended up being pretty darn good for me.”