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June 14, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Checking in on Chicago

Sky.jpgSeattle (3-1) has a chance to sit atop the Western Conference alone with a win against Chicago today. The Storm is 6-0 against the Sky since the franchise joined the league in 2006.
You can hear the game at 3 p.m. PST on KKNW (1150 AM) or watch via the league’s LiveAcess, now that the kinks are fixed. But you won’t get a live “Game Thread” here (So, no updates on former Storm F Shyra Ely, who stated on Twitter that her personal stylist biz is booming in addition to basketball). Yes, we’re still the only newspaper traveling. And I joked with WNBA president Donna Orender that as long as she didn’t help put another NBA team back in Seattle, we’d stay on the road.
“OK, so I won’t,” she responded with a laugh.
Seriously, though, we’re nipping and tucking like the rest of the country and picked Indiana and Minnesota has the more important games for this three-game trip. Center Sylvia Fowles (pictured right, left by The Daily Herald) is one of the best young stars in the league, learning more from Storm stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson while playing together in Russia this past offseason. But Fowles’ Sky has yet to be able to stop the Storm. We’ll see if a difference is made with rookie PG Kristi Toliver (pictured right, center) off the bench.
Jackson ranks second in the league in scoring, 22.8, and Bird leads in assists (7.5). So, it’s no surprise Seattle is running an efficient offense.
Chicago (1-1) won its home-opener on Friday behind a bevy of three-pointers. It may catch Seattle sleeping because the Storm is playing their fifth game in five days. They return home and won’t play again until Friday when Seattle hosts Minnesota at KeyArena.
As in the season-opener, the Sky still wants to focus on defense, knowing that’s the way to win in the WNBA. And with the talent on their roster, they should win.
In other Sky news, the team reached a TV deal that will also air features on the players. Chicago’s numbers are improving, drawing more than 5,500 for the opener, but the organization still has a ways to go in connecting with the community.

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