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May 24, 2007 at 4:42 AM

Party hangover

So, all of the excitement in Storm land is going to be about the historic 100-point game with all of the fabulous plays. But as cool as it was watching the Storm rack up points — which my money says they easily do a lot this season — the total should have been 110 or at least 102.
All-Star Lauren Jackson sank a free throw with 3:25 remaining in the game for the Storm’s 100th point. No longer threatened, Coach Anne Donovan began pulling her starters out of the game. With reserves Shyra Ely, Ashley Robinson, Tye’sha Fluker, Tanisha Wright, and rookie Katie Gearlds on the floor, Seattle was unable to score a point in the closing minutes.
True, it’s the second game of the season. But couple the game with the drought the reserves had in the opening half of the Houston season-opener (with Jackson in the lineup) and there is some concern. The group played with each other for the majority of training camp and will be a key part to the Storm’s success this season.
“We’ll talk with them about being ready to go,” Donovan said. “It’s tough to step on the floor in that kind of pace and be ready to contribute, but obviously they can do better than they did.”
Donovan is being nice. You don’t want to rip the bench too much on this game, but given that the Storm appears to be an offensive power this season, the backups are going to see this situation again. They should want to pile more points on the wounded visitor. Donovan should have to hold them back from trying to “get theirs” and have them slow the pace of the game with passing.
Instead, the reserves couldn’t hit rim let alone net, ending the game on a dying fizzle. They combined for 12 points in the game, seven from forward Wendy Palmer, and showed there’s still a ways to go before this team is fully cemented. Good thing it was only the second game of the season.

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