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Sue will hit the 2K assists mark next season but right now, Lauren Jackson is just 4 points away from 6K points and Tina will be the first woman to break the 7K points WNBA barrier!!!  She’s just 7 points away! Stay tuned to Storm Basketball! Get your 2013 season tickets now ;)

Sue will hit the 2K assists mark next season but right now, Lauren Jackson is just 4 points away from 6K points and Tina will be the first woman to break the 7K points WNBA barrier!!!  She’s just 7 points away! Stay tuned to Storm Basketball! Get your 2013 season tickets now ;)

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Into the Action: Seattle Storm

A perfect storm The Seattle Storm is gaming the system with one legend after another

After the worst start in team history, this is just what StormCrazies needed to read before tonight’s game…

It’s crazy how accomplished the Storm are. At point guard, Sue Bird, college player of the year for the undefeated UConn Huskies in 2002 and seven-time WNBA All-Star. At shooting guard, Katie Smith, member of two title teams in the WNBA and the all-time leading scorer in professional women’s hoops. At center, Ann Wauters, five-time European player of the year. Coming off the bench, Tina Thompson, four-time WNBA champ and the leading scorer in league history. And returning after the Olympics, Lauren Jackson, winner of MVP awards on three continents, including three times in the WNBA. Four of these five players (Bird, Jackson, Thompson and Wauters) were the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft. An overlapping group of four (Bird, Jackson, Smith and Thompson) was named among the top 15 players in league history last year. It’s hard to think of any team in any league, ever, whose members collectively rank so high in the history of its sport. Maybe the closest: the 1977 New York Cosmos, who brought together Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia.

Storm @ LA Sparks 5/22/2012

We expected it to be a rematch a chance to redeem ourselves and do to them what they did to us in our house… but the truth is we weren’t prepared. Although we played within reach of tying throughout the game not once we went ahead and we only tied the game once. They beat us at the paint and with fast breaks… we ‘beat’ them at the one stat no team wants to lead: Turnovers! 

TOs were the cause of our dismay during Q4 on opening day and they continue to be a problem area.  I guess that is a measure of the lack of team chemistry and hopefully it will dissipate as the season matures.

There is one thing LA remembered from last week’s game in Seattle: Ann Wauters!  They defended her like there was no tomorrow and it was somewhat effective. Still, Ann managed to be the leading scorer and rebounder for Seattle. Camille, Tina and Katie all went for double digits as well.

Kudos to Candace, Toliver & Beard, leading LA scorers. CP3 put on a show in almost all areas, shooting, rebounding, blocking and assisting… but the play of the night was definitely an off-balance, on the edge of the court, 3-point shot by our very own Katie Smith.

Definitely, not the way we wanted to start this year… W0-2L 0.000% It is a young season but and odd one due to the Olympics… Let’s focus on reaching the playoffs!

Why you should care about the Seattle Storm

In my opinion, the title of the article doesn’t really match the written piece.  The article talks more about the different Storm players (mostly about the veteran players). Who they are as people not just as athletes, the scheduling difficulties on an Olympic year, and the challenge of building rapport due to all the new faces this year.

Here a few excerpts from Tina [gotta love the StormCrazies comments!]:

“I think that our fans are there because there’s a genuine care,” Thompson said, “not because there’s this kind of superficial idea that they have to support this guy because they see him on all the magazines or on the TV, and they think that he’s cool because of that. I think that our fans generally, I mean, really know who we are. You know, as people, as athletes. There is a true connection that you don’t get in the NBA or in most professional sports in general.”

“The Storm Crazies! They are a little crazy, yeah. So, I’m definitely excited,” Thompson said. “I’ve actually run into a few of the Crazies at Starbucks and the grocery stores. … And I’ve kind of been getting the same couple lines: ‘Oh! I’ve hated you for so long! It feels so good to now love you and be able to cheer for you! Well, actually I did love you but I couldn’t really love you, you know?’

“So it’s really funny — but totally genuine though. They’re really serious. Like, it’s not a game: ‘I really did hate you even though I think that you’re good, and I’m glad that I can cheer for you.’ So it’s kind of funny and cool at the same time. I haven’t really gotten down the response. You know, just kinda like, ‘Thank you?’”

Woohoo!!! We will witness herstory when these three fine shooters join forces on the court this coming 2012 season. GO STORM!!!
http://www.wnba.com/storm/news/thompson_feature_120227.html

Woohoo!!! We will witness herstory when these three fine shooters join forces on the court this coming 2012 season. GO STORM!!!

http://www.wnba.com/storm/news/thompson_feature_120227.html

Katie’s 6001 points announcer & Storm Crazies acknowledgment.

Warning: This is not a professional video. It reflects the fan experience. Pardon the shakiness but the moment was way too thrilling and exciting!

Katie for 3… #6001!!!

Warning: This is not a professional video. It reflects the fan experience. Pardon the shakiness but the moment was way too thrilling and exciting!

Katie for 6,000+ and a few other records broken tonight

Wow, what a night the adrenaline was pumping since the previous game when Katie Smith dropped 26 points to ensure she would reach the 6,000 club before I moved out of the Puget Sound region.

She started relaxed like the previous game… that was a good sign ;)

The Key was packed with 13,659 Storm Crazies in da house! Ready to witness herstory in the making. Katie made her 6001 points with a 3-pointer near the free-throw area a pass from Sue Bird. Check out the video I took from that historic moment.

Lauren, not injured, sat through the game to give her body some rest for the playoffs. Simone Edwards (wearing black/white stripes shirt) honored us with her presence the last 2 games. Simone, aka “Jamaican Hurricane”, was a member of the original Seattle Storm from 2000-06.

Coach Agler, rested some of the starters and provided the reserves with some playing time. That strategy pay off well as both Katie & Le’Coe were key in keeping our lead during the fourth quarter with consecutive double 3-pointers from both of them. Katie finished the night with 17 points, for a brand new total of 6,015 career points! She is now third behind Lisa Leslie & Tina Thompson in the exclusive 6,000+ club.

The team honored service men and women and allowed them to have some fun. Here they are during the Camille’s Big Wheels game.

Ashley had the difficult mission to contain Sylvia Fowles and she did a mighty job for three quarters. Her defense was awesome bringing her to a +20 efficiency for the night. She also contributed with 6 points. Unfortunately, in the process she got in foul trouble.  Sylvia went ahead and exploded in the fourth quarter with 19 point, 11 of them from the free-throw line. She ended the game with 30 points and 13 rebounds, which ensured she followed the steps of Chamique Holdsclaw who averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds for the season in 2002.

Coach Agler tied with Houston Comet’s, Van Chancellor, for the most wins in women’s pro basketball with 211. This total includes ABL & WNBA wins.

Sep 4

Bird, Cash lead Storm past Silver Stars, 70-60

Sue Bird continues her run for 2011 MVP while Swin Cash finally broke out of the offensive slump that was getting to her nerves!  Today’s double-double from Swin was key for Seattle’s win. I sat to watch history in the making on my computer in Seattle.  Swin surpassed her 4,000 career points! Thank goodness for WNBA Live Access. I wonder if the pressure of the milestone was what put her in the recent offensive slump. The good news for Seattle is that she appears to have broken the spell. If all is good by this time next year she’ll be approaching the 2,000 career rebounds milestone.

Another one that is quietly approaching a milestone is Katie Smith, about 28 points away from reaching 6,000 career points! I hope she doesn’t cave to the pressure and that I can get to witness it happen this year at the Key.

Wonderful time at the Seattle Storm Season Ticket holder Party tonight! I missed Le’Coe, hope she feels better soon. Katie, Ashley, Allie, Cammie, LJ, Coach Agler & owner Lisa were all super pleasant to chat with.  I didn’t have much opportunity to chat with the rest but I was able to snatch a few pics.

Katie Smith signing autographs @ Seattle Storm Season Ticket Holder Party

Katie Smith signing autographs @ Seattle Storm Season Ticket Holder Party

Katie Smith Eyes Career in Nutrition

"I spent some years trying to figure out exactly what I want to do," Smith explained. "Really, this past offseason was the most brainstorming and the most talking - trying to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of the life and how to incorporate the things I enjoy and things I can share that are important for me. A combination of a lot of things went into it, but (nutrition) is something that goes hand in hand with being active, with being healthy and trying to stay fit."

Jun 8
Sue Bird (L) #10 & Katie Smith (R) #14

Sue Bird (L) #10 & Katie Smith (R) #14