Rough Week Two Huge Victories
At 1-7 the Seattle Storm looked as though it may have been on the ropes as it prepared to conclude the season long road trip in Tulsa.
The road trip began June third in Los Angeles where the Storm were unable to hold a onto a fourth quarter lead. The Sparks tied the game late and then got a clutch shot from first overall pick Nneka Ogwumike in the dying seconds of the game to defeat the Storm 67-65.
The Road trip took a turn for the worst after that losing the next three games by an average of 17.7 points.
The Storm was suffering through the worst start in franchise history and fans were at a low that they had not felt since the team’s first few years in the WNBA. The team bounced back with a much needed win against the Tulsa Shock 86-73 to bring its record to 2-7 and drop Tulsa to 0-9, but more importantly the team was coming home to Seattle with a little more confidence.
Back in Seattle
The Storm took to the court to face the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx where Minnesota was the overwhelming favorite in the game with a 10-0 record, which was already a record for best start in WNBA history.
The storm had already lost two games against the Lynx this season by an average of 18.5 points.
At 10-0 The Lynx seemed almost unbeatable winning their first 10 games including five games where they won by 18 points or more, two of which came against the Storm.
Seattle got off to a great start in the game hanging with the Lynx in the early stages of the game before going on a run to open up a 16-10 lead after the first quarter.
The Storm frustrated the Lynx in the second quarter and it became very noticeable that the Lynx were uncomfortable when head coach Cheryl Reeve was hit with a technical foul as the Storm’s lead turned into double digits.
By the end of the first half the Storm had built a 43-29 lead.
Minnesota came out strong in the second half and chipped away at the lead in the third quarter, but the Storm did a good job countering and was only out scored by one point in the third quarter.
However in fourth quarter the Lynx took it to the Storm showing why they were the defending champions hitting big shot after big shot and holding the Storm to a season low eight points in the fourth quarter.
The game may have gotten away from the Storm if it wasn’t for Tina Thompson’s two clutch rebounds in the waning moments of the game.
Seimone Augustus had a wide open jump shot with under ten seconds eft to tie the game which she was unable to hit. Thompson jump into a crowd of Lynx to grab the board and secure possession.
With four seconds left on the clock Sue Bird uncharacteristically missed both free throws and it looked as though with one timeout left the Lynx would get a chance to win it, however Thompson saved the day for the Storm collecting the offensive rebound which she followed up by making both of her free throws.
With only one second left on the clock down by three the Lynx were forced to take a desperation three point shot which fell way short ending their 13 game win streak dating back to last season.
The Storm is still only 3-7 but got a much needed boost of confidence with the win against Minnesota Sunday and is hoping to carry that momentum into its two upcoming home games this week.
They will play nine more games before the league will take a one month break for the Olympics after which The Storm will play the bulk of their home schedule and will get Lauren Jackson back into the lineup.