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Women's Hoops

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May 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Live game thread: Seattle at Los Angeles

STORM LOSES: Something unexplainable happened with the blog and team in the third quarter. I wasn’t able to post and they were unable to post up or handle the ball, losing 74-61. Seattle committed 19 turnovers overall for 24 Los Angeles points. A lot was sloppy play, but LA did play a lot better. Parker, who played 10 minutes in the second half of the Sparks’ 21-point comeback win on Friday, was all over the place on Tuesday and the reason behind the win. She finished with 21 points, 10 boards and six monster blocks. The Storm posts of Wauters, Little, and Thompson had 38 points and 15 rebounds combined, but Little committed six turnovers. The flashy backcourt of Bird and Wright was horrendous, committing more turnovers (nine) than points (seven) combined. Seattle has a lot of work to do and luckily has time. Four days to be exact before it plays the defending champion Lynx on the road Sunday. Minnesota is 2-0 after defeating New York 80-62 on Tuesday. In the WNBA’s other game Tuesday, Phoenix squeaked by Tulsa 89-87 behind 31 points from Candice Dupree. G Diana Taurasi (hip flexor) played, but finished with three points in nine minutes.
HALFTIME: Once again the turnovers are killing the Storm. Bird had a whopper toward the end of the half, over shooting Wauters, who would have had an easy layin. Instead the teams close the half with LA up 37-33. Seattle has given up 14 points on 13 turnovers overall. LA has allowed 10 on nine, which almost makes it a wash, but the margin is four, so…Parker has been nullified in the second quarter, leading everyone with a game-high 11 points. Thompson dropped two three-pointers to lead Seattle with eight. LA is also burning it up in the paint, Parker getting a monster block on Little and helping to give the Sparks a 20-10 advantage in scoring inside. The Storm has to clean up its passing and play more aggressive in the second half.
WRIGHT AND WRONG: The Storm went on a mini run, Wright dishing to Thompson at the top of the key for a three-point to inch within 33-30. But then Wright had a turnover and foul to stall the good vibe. Seattle did draw a shot-clock violation on LA and is down 35-30 with 56 seconds left in the half.
BIRD BACK: Agler put Bird back in the game, but Seattle still committed a turnover and Ebony Hoffman scored a jumper to make the lead 28-19 with 6:58 left in the half.


BIRD BACK: Agler put Bird back in the game, but Seattle still committed a turnover and Ebony Hoffman scored a jumper to make the lead 28-19 with 6:58 left in the half.
BIRD CAGED: Bird is still on the bench as Agler has the offense running thorugh reserve G Katie Smith and Wright. Smith nailed a three-pointer with 7:56 on the clock to close within 26-19.
THE FINGER: Agler said he’s going to the bench more and did with rookie Shekinna Stricklen and Eva Kobryn in the game. The latter, who’s a Polish C, went all Dikembe Mutombo on a call she didn’t like while driving to the paint. She wagged her finger “No, no” at the officials. Didn’t matter, when the play regrouped, Wright was picked off by Parker at the top of the key and when Thompson tried to regain possession of the ball, she was called for a foul. The quarter ended with LA up 22-16. Stricklen nailed a three-pointer. Parker leads all scorers with nine points. LA is outscoring Seattle 12-4 in the paint.
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