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August 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Live game thread: Indiana at Seattle

STORM LOSSES: The Storm lost 68-63 to the Fever on Thursday before a season-low 5, 819 fans at KeyArena. Zellous nailed the game-winning three-pointer with five-tenths of a second remaining in the game. But it was reserve Jessica Davenport’s awareness and hustle that pushed the Fever to outscore the Storm 15-0 in the final four minutes. Davenport punked Jackson to convert a basic in-bounds pass to an easy layup. Then she converted another Jackson turnover to make a turnaround layup to inch the score to 66-65 with 54.7 seconds left in the game. Davenport finished with eight points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes. Catchings led with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Zellous had 10 points. Little led the Storm with 15 points and eight boards. “It was a dagger, that last shot,” said Jackson, who was 1-for-4 in her 2012 debut. “But I don’t feel like it’s the end of the world. There’s still 11 games left before playoffs. That’s perfect time for us to hit our stride.” The Storm did play without F Tina Thompson (knee) and C Ann Wauters (Achilles). And the playoffs are still in sight. Phoenix lost 89-77 to New York on Thursday, keeping Seattle (10-13) on its path to a WNBA-record ninth consecutive berth. The Mercury are 4-18 this season with 12 games remaining. Olympian Diana Taurasi hasn’t played, this time due to recovering from having her wisdom teeth removed. The Storm hosts New York on Sunday. The Liberty are trying to leapfrog Chicago for the fourth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Sky are on an eight-game losing streak, but were idle Thursday. “There has to be a comfort level and for Lauren, she has to get comfortable with what we’re doing,” Bird said of her first game with Jackson since September 2011. Wright added, “She (Lauren) just got done playing with another team. She’ll be fine. It’s nothing of serious importance.” Jackson was asked if she came back too soon given the Storm hadn’t had a real practice and jet-lag from Sydney late Monday. It was noon Friday in Australia by Storm tip-off Thursday night. “For my body, health-wise, it’s important that I do it step-by-step rather than rushing into it,” she said. “Like I said, there’s still 11 games to go. We’ve got practices and it’s just a matter of feeling comfortable, getting everyone fit and healthy.”
BREAK TIME: I’m out to write the newspaper version. I’ll be back after the game for the final wrap. Jackson is still on the court and January just nailed a three-pointer while being fouled by Wright to close the gap to 51-46 with 9:40 left in the game.
SHE SCORES: Jackson bricked a three-point attempt on the wing. She jetted to the middle of the paint to grab her own rebound then stepped out to swish another three-point attempts at the top of the key with 1:05 left in the third quarter. It was her first FG of the 2012 season. She’s 1-for-3 from the field overall and has logged 18 minutes. Seattle leads 51-42 headed into the fourth quarter.

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August 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Game Day: Indiana makes first (and only) trip to Seattle

TheStormDuo.jpgIt was a scene most have been waiting to see at Storm practice on Wednesday.
Centers Ann Wauters and Ewelina Kobryn were on one end of the court intensively working with assistant Nancy Darsch and volunteer coach Salvo Coppa on one-on-one drills in the paint. C Lauren Jackson, back from an Olympic break, took repeated shots around the horn with assistant Jenny Boucek. In the middle were rookies Shekinna Stricklen and Alysha Clark and F Tina Thompson working on offense.
Storm president and CEO Karen Byrant had a humorous conversation with Storm coach Brian Agler about Jackson being back made a difference to complete the 11-player roster.
“He said, ‘God, the locker room felt full,'” Bryant said with a laugh. “And then he said, ‘And we look bigger!’ I shared that with Lauren.”
“Yeah, I’m pretty big K.B.” Jackson responded.
Of course two of the players working out Wednesday won’t play as Seattle hosts Indiana (12-8) in the first of a two-game series Thursday at KeyArena. Wauters (Achilles) and Thompson (knee) are being given extra time to completely heal from their injuries. Thompson is expected to play on Sunday against New York (8-13) while Wauters could be another week from returning.

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