Storm Complete East Coast Road Swing
The Storm continued the latest installment of its front loaded road schedule continuing their East Coast swing after a strong victory in Washington earlier in the week.
Earlier this week the Storm was busy both on and off the court.
After waiving second year forward Victory Dunlap on June 26th there had been speculation with how Brian Agler would fill the empty roster spot.
All speculation was laid to rest when the team announced the signing of Sventlana Abrosimova who was a member of the 2010 Seattle Storm that won the WNBA Championship.
Abrosimova joined the team in New York and played limited minutes in both New York and Connecticut. Coming into the game, New York was 4-9 and the Storm was on a five-game winning streak sitting at 6-7.
The Storm jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the first quarter but never seemed to get the offence going with the exception of the third quarter when they exploded for 25 points in the quarter. Unfortunately New York was also able to put up 25 points in the quarter.
The Storm was able to cut a double digit lead down to eight points in the fourth quarter but that was as close as they would get and the Liberty went onto defeat the Storm 77-59 snapping the win streak at five games.
The team was faced with a tough challenge turning around and playing the Eastern Conference leading Connecticut Sun the next day. Sunday’s game was a back and forth battle which saw 16 lead changes and 12 times in the game where the two teams were tied, including at the end of regulation.
At no point in the game did either team lead by more then six points and after four quarter of play the teams were forced to settle the game in overtime.
The Sun got the first basket in overtime but it would be one of only two field-goals they would make in the period.
Katie Smith and Sue Bird both hit clutch three-pointers, Camille Little scored six of her career-high 27 points in overtime and Tina Thompson iced the game with two late free throws.
It was the first time the Storm had beaten the Sun in Connecticut since 2003.
The Storm will play the last game of the road trip on Saturday evening in LA before returning home for its last two games before the Olympic break.
Hard to believe that less then one month ago the Storm were sitting at 1-7 with the worst start in franchise history but after winning six of its last seven games the Storm are sky rocketing in the power rankings and the Western Conference standings and they will only get better after the Olympic break with the return of three time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson.