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June 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Live game thread: Washington at Seattle, round one

YOU CLAPPED?: Storm Crazies are known for their unconditional love of former players. But normally it’s only for introductions and when a player enters a game. Well, it went to another level on Sunday as Robinson received noticeable applause for scoring her only bucket of the game with 24.3 seconds left. Seattle won 72-55, shooting a season-high 56.3 percent from the field. It’s Seattle’s best offensive production since 2009 against Minnesota. The teams play again on Tuesday, supposedly sharing a flight early Monday morning. Agler tends to review film on flights, stating this time that he “won’t call a team meeting.” Wauters and Bird led the Storm with 14 points apiece while Langhorne had 21 points for the Mystics (2-8). Seattle, which is on a four-game win streak, was discouraged at getting outrebounded 29-23 and outscored 15-5 on second-chance shot opportunities. But its defense held Washington to 34.9 percent shooting, protecting the blowout win. Seattle improves to 5-7, still trailing San Antonio in Western Conference standings.
NICE DISH: Bird drew the defense to the left and whipped a no-look pass to a cutting Kobryn inside on the right with 4:07 remaining to help give the Storm a 64-46 lead. Kobryn was fouled on the play, still making the sweet layin.
SOLID SHOOTING: Seattle leads 59-44 with 5:34 remaining in the game, shooting 53.7 percent from the field. Bird leads with 14 points and Wauters has 10 in 22 minutes. The officials took three points away from the Mystics after a review in between the third and fourth quarters.
WELCOME BACK: Robinson entered the game with 6:45 left in the half, getting a rousing applause from the KeyArena faithful. Most stood, too, to show their appreciation.
GOING BIGGER: Agler is running the bigger lineup of 6-4 centers Wauters and reserve Eva Kobryn with Bird, Wright, and Smith in the backcourt. Seattle is up 21-14 after a Wright FT.


GOING BIGGER: Agler is running the bigger lineup of 6-4 centers Wauters and reserve Eva Kobryn with Bird, Wright, and Smith in the backcourt. Seattle is up 21-14 after a Wright FT.
OFFENSE STALLED: The Storm is stuck in neutral after a good run to take the lead. At the end of the opening quarter, the team is shooting 50 percent on 6 for 12 shooting. Bird leads with five points and the score is 15-11.
GOOD CALL: The Storm is getting the kind of production a coach loves out of a time out. The first play was Bird cutting through the lane for a kick-out to Wauters for a mid-range jumper. Then Seattle converted a Mystics missed opportunity into Little driving down the lane for a score. The last plays were a three-pointer and two made FTs by Bird and a jumper by Tina Thompson to force Washington to call time. Overall it’s an 11-2 run to put the Storm up 13-9 with 4:01 on the clock.
MINI RUN: The Mystics are on a 7-0 run to take a 7-2 lead early in the game. Lacey spoke of her team needing to play a full 40 minutes for the first time this season, so we’ll see if it sticks. Ajavon has five points while Seattle is 1 for 4 from the field to open. There;s 6:17 remaining in the first quarter.
GREATNESS: Sonics legend Gus “The Wizard” Williams is also in the KeyArena house. He’s in town to participate in Detlef Schrempf’s gold tournament and is also a fan of Storm hoops, catching the championship back in 2004. He lives in his native New York. NBA star Terrence Williams is seated court side.
REUNION: There’s a bunch of familiar Storm faces in the building, the newest returnee is G Michelle Marciniak. She’s seated courtside with the Storm brass, stating that she’s back in town for business with her Sheex company. Another face
Seattle and Washington are playing one of those beloved home-and-home sets beginning with an afternoon matchup at KeyArena on Sunday. They’ll face each other again on Tuesday in D.C.
Sunday should be an interesting night because the city is also celebrating Pride 2012 with a parade that ended at Seattle Center moments ago, funneling a lot of people to the Seattle Center area for a massive party. On the court, two different types of teams are ready to square-off.
Seattle is in the midst of three-game win streak and getting balanced scoring from its lineup. Washington, whose current roster has only been together two weeks after picking up G Shannon Bobbitt on June 13, is trying to avoid a three-game losing streak.
The Mystics lost 80-77 at Phoenix on Wednesday. The team has been in Seattle since Thursday, giving Washington (2-7) an extended period to prepare for the Storm (4-7). A familiar face is C Ashley Robinson, a member of the Storm 2010 championship squad. She may not play much as coach Trudi Lacey said she likes what C Michelle Snow is doing, averaging 11.2 points and 8.4 boards in her past five games.
The Storm will be without F Victoria Dunlap for the second consecutive game due to a concussion. She participated in a warm-up for about 30 minutes but Storm coach Brian Agler said Dunlap then complained of headaches.
Let’s get it started with your opening lineups:
MYSTICS
F Noelle Quinn
F Crystal Langhorne
C Michelle Snow
G Matee Ajavon
G Jasmine Thomas
STORM
F Katie Smith
F Camille Little
C Ann Wauters
G Tanisha Wright
G Sue Bird
Tonight’s officials are Cameron Inouye, Brenda Pantoja, and Marcus Clayton.

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