The morning after losing to the Chicago Sky 86-81 at KeyArena, the Storm returned to practice Monday at The Furtado Center. Between the game and practice, Head Coach Brian Agler took a second (and third) look at the loss on videotape.
“I watched it a couple of times,” said Agler. “I thought we did some good things, but I also thought we did enough to let them get some opportunities to beat us, whether it was not getting out on shooters a few times, whether it was not getting out in transition. We missed some shots, missed some free throws … a combination of some little things.”
What he saw on tape was then shared with players before the Storm took the practice court. Agler said the Storm spent more time watching film than physically practicing, which is not uncommon during the heart of the season.
“Even though there might be several things you need to address, a lot of times this time of the year you have to address them by watching film and talking about them,” Agler explained. “We still have a number of games coming up in a short period of time – I think we have four games in seven days. We have to keep the bigger picture in mind too; we can’t spend a lot of time on the practice floor this time of year.”
Late in practice, the Storm turned its attention to the Detroit Shock, who will visit KeyArena on Wednesday (7:00 p.m., FSN, 1150-AM KKNW, ). Scouting the Shock will be a focal point during tomorrow’s practice.
- Storm rookie Ashley Walker is making progress in returning from the right big toe injury that has sidelined her for the team’s last three games.
“She’s not wearing a boot now and doing some spot shooting,” Agler said. “She’s still doing some rehab.”
Walker is not expected to rejoin the Storm for practice this week, but she will make the trip to Sacramento with the team for Friday’s road game. The Monarchs were the hometown team for Walker growing up in nearby Modesto.