Storm Basketball 2011

# Double-double to start the season. Attagirl, Birdy.

# LJ was too quiet in the first half tho.

# Swin and the Refs — it’s been a hate/hate relationship since last season.

# Camille Little almost gave me a heart attack. Good thing that was no ACL tear or something. A sprain is still painful but at least not ACL.

# Katie Smith. Man. She awesome, yes?

# It’s the first game but man, T.Wright, get your shit together, okay?

# WNBA Liveaccess looking all snappy and shit. I love it. Too bad I can’t find the 2010 Archives tho. Aren’t those available anymore? *Sobs*

# Storm over Phoenix — 78 – 71.

LJ Interview on TV

Hahaha! Lauren Jackson (C/F, Seattle Storm) was on Alan Hills Tonight. I’ll never be able to get over how awesome her accent is. And also the fact that she’s just so down to earth (compared to that diva who brought her previously won medals to one of the tournaments). And oh yeah, love the shout-out to Birdy — best point guard ever! OMG I can’t wait for the 2011 WNBA Season. Is it May already?

PS: The worst thing she ever did to a teammate was break her cheek (and reinjured a previously broken nose). All Stormies know who that poor unfortunate victim was.

PPS: Chicken Legs!

Spartak v. Fenerbahce

Okay, so Spartak showed they were human and actually lost to TEO Vilnius in their previous game before this, but they bounced back — mightier and more imperious than ever.

The story:

Lauren Jackson with 5 out of 6 three’s. She’s back!

Stat Sheet:

Lauren Jackson :19 points, 7 rebs, 4 asts

Sue Bird: 10 pts, 6 asts, 4 rebs, 3 steals, 1 TO

Diana Taurasi: 14 pts, 8 rebs, 7 asts, 8 TOs

Sylvia Fowles: 18 pts, 11 rebs

Up Next:

Broker Kosice, Nov 5 2008, 1730H

Beijing 2008 : WBB Semifinals

So the stage is set — for the semis, at least. Barring any surprises from the Russians and Chinese, this could be very well my dream US — Opals Gold Medal Match-up.

The following are the results of the quarter finals:

Quarterfinal game 1 Final
NATION SCORE
Belarus 62
China 77
Quarterfinal game 2Final
NATION SCORE
Czech Republic 46
Australia 79
Quarterfinal game 3 Final
NATION SCORE
Spain 65
Russia 84
Quarterfinal game 4 Final
NATION SCORE
South Korea 60
United States 104

According to the results, the semifinal pairings will be:

United States vs. Russia
Australia vs. China

⇁EThe U.S. team is very deep in talent and well, barring any phenomenon where EVERYONE on the team would have an off-night (*crosses fingers*), they would easily take this game. But let’s not count the Russians out just yet. They may have bowed down to the US women during the Diamond Ball Tournament but they could turn things around — remember the recent World Championship Semi-Final Game where they absolutely owned Sue Bird and Company? Uh-huh, that game. Please don’t let that happen again, please?

⇒ I haven’t watched any game (boohoohoohoo) but I’ve been reading and hearing nice stuff about Sylvia Fowles. Wow. Monster stats and monster games. She’s even more effective down there than Lisa Leslie.

⇒ I just read earlier today that Penny Taylor, the Opals’ three-point specialist, sprained her ankle and she has no chance in hell to play in the semis. I said before that the Opals are rocking but wait-a-minute-now I’m not so sure they can beat the US WITHOUT PENNY FRIKKIN’ TAYLOR.

⇒ Non-OG’s update but still somewhat related. Opals Captain (and Seattle Storm star) Lauren Jackson will have surgery on her right ankle after the Olympics and will not finish the season. OMFG, what’s gonna happen to the Storm?! Waaaaaah! LJ contributes a very big bulk of the scoring for Seattle. I’m not so sure who will be able to fill that gap. Sue? Can you? Ugh. Damn injuries. After the OG’s we’re gonna have 5 (is it 5?) road games and almost, if not all, of those are against teams with playoff dreams. So good luck Stormies.

⇒ I still haven’t decided who to root for in case the Opals and US actually make it to the finals.

Olympic WBB Update

No, I haven’t watched any game coz I can’t find no frikkin’ coverage in my part of the planet. Booo! Tried CCTV yesterday but they only showed the China vs Germany Men’s Game. What was I thinking — of course they’re gonna show it, CCTV is a Chinese channel after all. Drat.

Anyone has an idea how I can watch a game? I’m pulling for a US-Australia Gold Medal Game (*crosses fingers*). Kinda excited coz the Opals rock and I totally wanna see the LJ-LL smackdown haha. And oh, of course, Sue at the helm and Taurasi too, and fine, (sige na nga) Candace Parker. I still haven’t decided which team to root for.

Anyhoo, the current standings are the following:

Group A Wins Losses Pts
Australia 5 0 10
Russia 4 1 9
South Korea 2 3 7
Belarus 2 3 7
Brazil 1 4 6
Latvia 1 4 6

The undefeated World Champion Opals (go Opals!) are leading Group A after they beat a strong contender in Russia (with Becky Hammon and Maria Stepanova and Svetlana Abrosimova) 75-55.

Australia, Russia, South Korea, and Belarus (I think … or is it Brazil — not sure) will enter the quarterfinals.

Group B Wins Losses Pts
United States of America 5 0 10
China 4 1 9
Spain 3 2 8
Czech Republic 2 3 7
New Zealand 1 4 6
Mali 0 5 5

The US Women top Group B and will enter the quarterfinals undefeated as well. In their last preliminary, they defeated New Zealand 96-60, causing the Tall Ferns to be eliminated from the next stage of the competition. Sue Bird and Company will face South Korea in the QuarterFinals.

Road to the Quarter-Finals

【Australian Defence Force Opals、E

Aug 08 : Australia 83 — 64 Belarus
Aug 11 : Australia 80 — 65 Brazil
Aug 13 : Australia 90 — 62 South Korea
Aug 14 : Australia 96 — 73 Latvia
Aug 16 : Australia 75 — 55 Russia

【US WNT、E

Aug 09 : USA 97 — 57 Czech Republic
Aug 11 : USA 108 — 63 China
Aug 13 : USA 97 — 41 Mali
Aug 14 : USA 93 — 55 Spain
Aug 17 : USA 96 — 60 New Zealand

Photo Source: Getty Images / Yahoo! Sports

FIBA Diamond Ball Conclusion

The US women beat reigning FIBA World Champions Australia 71-67 Tuesday night to get the top spot in the FIBA Diamond Ball for Women. The hard-fought contest seemed like a good preview for the game that would really matter — the August 23 gold medal clash. That’s the date that most people expect these two teams to meet anyway, although Russia or China or maybe Brazil might have something to say to that.

Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury) led the way for the Australian Defence Force Opals with 19 points and Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm) had 16 and 8 boards.

Lisa Leslie (LA SpOrks) had 14 and 10 for the US women and point guard Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) contributed 11 on five-of-six shooting (WTG Birdy!). Candace Parker (LA SpOrks) also had a great showing with 12 buckets.

Tournament MVP: Lauren Jackson (AUS)

All-Tournament Team:
Lauren Jackson (AUS)
Sue Bird (US)
Diana Taurasi (US)
Candace Parker (US)
Sui Feifei (CHN)

Diamond Ball Finals

Sue BirdThe finals of the Diamond Ball Tournament (a friendly tune-up before heading into the Olympics) will feature the highly anticipated match-up between super-powers US and Australia after both squads went 2-0 in their respective groups. The tourney also featured 2006 WC silver medalist Russia (ya know, that squad that knocked Sue and company out of the WC gold medal match back then?) and emerging China.

The Australian Opals, led by captain Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm) won over China (84-70) and Mali (112-43) to get to the finals. LJ posted some very nice numbers (which is not that much of a surpise, BTW). Suzy Batkovic and Penny Taylor, among others, added the necessary supporting firepower.

The US Women, on the other hand, had to face Latvia and emerged victorious through balanced scoring (84-74). And then they had to face Russia (ya know, that squad that knocked Sue and company out of the WC gold medal match back then? Yes, that Russia). It was the first match-up for point guard Becky Hammon (San Antonio Silver Stars) against her home country. The US won 93-58 in that suprisingly lopsided game.

23 && 33 for 10 && 15

I’ve been on a funk (well, sort of) lately. I dunno why — can we just blame STRESS just like the old times? Work, work, work. Ugh. I haven’t been updating myself with the STORM, too. That’s almost blasphemous in my world. Tsk tsk tsk.

So, anyway, I still get to listen to games but without the proper attention that I used to bestow on my favorite team on earth. And it’s not helping that we’re sort of sucking on the road (thank goodness for the 9-1 Home record or else we’re toast). And it also sucks that the SpOrks are on top of the Western Conf (wait, lemme check … oh hell no, they still are on top boooo!). Oh well, at least we’re still above .500 and are sitting at 3rd.

The last game I listened to was against the New York Liberty this morning. LJ lit up for 33 points (wooohoooo LJ!) on 12-for-20 shooting, grabbed 5 boards, blocked 2 shots, and swiped one ball. Birdy also played awesomely. She scored a season-high 23 points and assisted 6 shots. Swin played another solid game, scoring 8 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Swoopes had 9 points, 6 assists, and 7 rebounds. Yo Griffith had 4 points, 7 boards, and 4 steals.

The Up-Sides:
– LJ’s offensive flow has returned.
– Team has more rebounds now.
– Sue — oh Sue, keep that killer offense going. Downright awesome.
– That killer pick-and-roll is just, well, a killer. Pick your poison – LJ or Sue? Tsk.

The Down-Side:
– OMG, the bench?! The bench is missing! (I didn’t concentrate enough on listening so I dunno if they brought some hustle on the court that’s not reflected on the score sheet though).

The Game:

Score: W 8174

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Player of the Game: F Lauren Jackson (12-20) 33 Pts, 7 Rebs, 0 Assists

Box Score

Recap

Others:

– The SpOrks lost wahahahaha. To Minny. Good on Seimone Augustus, Candice Wiggins, and company. Yay.

– We’re facing Minny next though. Uh oh. Haha. Oh well, go Storm!

– What the hell? No photos of the game on the Yahoo Sports gallery?! Weird.

Opening Night

(0-1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago 18 17 12 14 61 Final
Seattle 16 13 25 13 67

(1-0)

OMG, I LOVE SWOOPES! The defense is just way awesome. LJ was ice cold in the first half — missing everything! The Storm couldn’t buy a single bucket and it looked like Chicago might win the game. And then Swoopes stole all those passes and the game just went into a different direction. Hell yeaaaaah!

One thing — wahaha, palpak pa rin ang bench! Imagine, with 2 minutes left, we were up 15 and then the starters went out, tapos the Sky cut the lead down to 6? My Gaaaaaad!

LJ’s stats look a little, I dunno, mortal. Come on, feel the rhythm, super-aussie! We gotta get you back to Superwoman status, ASAP!

Anyhoo, top performers for this game:

Bird – 13 pts, 7 asts
Cash – 13 pts, 8 rebs, 3 asts
Swoopes – 6 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts, 3 steals
Griffith – 8 pts, 7 rebs
Jackson – 14 pts, 6 rebs

Other games on opening night:

(1) LA 99 – 94 PHX
[LA] Candace Parker with 34, 12, and 8 asts.
[PHX] Cappie Pondexter with 32, 3, and 7 asts.

(2) DET 85 – 66 HOU.
[DET] Katie Smith with 21 and 3 dishes.
[HOU] Tina Thompson with 17, 8, 2 asts.

(3) CON 100 – 68 ATL
[CON] Whitmore with 22, 10, and 3 assists.
[ATL] B-Money with 19 and 7.

(4) IND 64 – 53 WAS
[IND] Katie Douglas with 24, 7, 3.
[WAS] Sanford with 14, 11, 1.

(5) SAC 73 – 64 SA
[SAC] Williams 13, 7.
[SA] Young 22, 4

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Weeee! Next game is on a Wednesday. Argh, I hope I can still listen AND work.

Official Seattle Storm 2008 Roster

Seattle Storm Starting Five
Storm Starters
、ESue Bird, Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson, Swin Cash, Sheryl Swoopes 、E/p>

NUM PLAYER POS HT WT DOB FROM YRS
8 Kimberly Beck G 5-8 125 12/27/1985 George Washington R
10 Sue Bird G 5-9 150 10/16/1980 Connecticut ’02 6
2 Swin Cash F 6-1 162 09/22/1979 Connecticut ’02 6
0 Shyra Ely F 6-2 182 08/09/1983 Tennessee ’05 3
4 Katie Gearlds G-F 6-1 184 10/26/1984 Purdue 1
13 Yolanda Griffith C-F 6-3 188 03/01/1970 Florida Atlantic ’93 9
15 Lauren Jackson F-C 6-5 187 05/11/1981 Australia 7
26 Florina Pascalau C 6-4 187 01/19/1982 Romania R
43 Ashley Robinson C 6-4 180 08/12/1982 Tennessee 4
9 Kelly Santos F 6-3 188 11/10/1979 Brazil 2
22 Sheryl Swoopes F 6-0 145 03/25/1971 Texas Tech ’93 10
30 Tanisha Wright G 5-11 165 11/29/1983 Penn State 3

BECK IS IN! WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!

(Storm waved Doneeka Hodges-Lewis and kept Beck and newly-arrived center Florina Pascalau).

Alright, just have to get that out of my system.