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September 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Live game thread: San Antonio at Seattle

STORM WINS: It was sort of tense in the fourth quarter when San Antonio went on a late 12-4 run to close within four points after a three-pointer by Christon with 31.6 seconds left in the game. The Storm perked up its play, Wright and Smith attacking the basket to combine to make 5 of 6 FTs to preserve a 84-75 win. Smith, whose team had five players score in double figures, led with 16 points and a season-high six assists. Jackson wanted to play more to get her groove back, but Agler saw enough in her early 11 minutes. She finished with 11 points, shooting 4-for-4 from the field for nine points in the second quarter. Wauters stepped in to replace her, finishing with her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 boards in 25 minutes. San Antonio (20-13) hasn’t won in the facility since 2007 and split the regular-season series with Seattle (2-2). The teams won’t face each other again unless both advance to the Western Conference Finals. “It’s going to be tough,” Bevilaqua said of San Antonio’s first-round playoff matchup against Los Angeles (24-10). “You look at the way they’re playing now and they’re very fiery.” The Storm (15-18) closed its home season at 10-7, its worse record since 2006 when it was 9-8 at KeyArena. Seattle won’t return to the facility until Sept. 30; Game 2 of the Western Conference opening round against top-seed Minnesota (27-6). The Storm finishes it regular-season at Phoenix (7-26) on Sunday.
BREAK TIME: A three-pointer by Smith and some rebounding and putbacks from reserve Ann Wauters has the Storm up 69-61 with 6:11 remaining in the game. I’m out to focus on the newspaper version. I’ll return for a final wrap in a bit.
CLOSING IN: Rookie Shenise Johnson’s rebound putback — while surrounded by four Storm defenders — helped pull the Silver Stars within 55-50. Agler called a timeout to discuss.
TIME: Hughes’ halftime speech reached the players. San Antonio is on a 6-0 run to open the third quarter, leaving Storm fans on their feet in tradition of waiting for the first basket to take a seat. Seattle is having numerous breakdowns on defense, letting players like Appel slip behind defenders for open scores. It’s Seattle 48-35 with 7:40 remaining in the quarter.
HALFTIME: San Antonio might want to pull some of the participants of the dunk contest at the break to play with them. The Silver Stars were outscored 28-12 in the second quarter and trail 48-29 at the break. Seattle is shooting 55.9 percent from the field and is outscoring San Antonio 12-6 in the paint. Jackson lead all scorers with 11 points. Hughes has gone 10 deep on his roster, Young leading with six points as the team shoots 34.2 percent from the field.

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September 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Game Day: San Antonio at Seattle. The KeyArena regular-season finale

SeattleStorm.pngSeattle (14-18) closes its home regular-season schedule against San Antonio (20-12) at KeyArena on Friday. There will be lots of hoopla to celebrate the fans and they deserve it.
The Storm is 9-7 at home, their worst mark since going 9-8 in the facility in 2006. Seattle is carrying a losing record into the postseason and injuries are still plaguing the roster. The team has only had a full lineup five times this season, partly due to C Lauren Jackson missing the first half of the season to prepare and participate in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Jackson remains in question, however. She missed the past three games with a left hamstring injury. She was re-evaluated this week and given medication to relieve nerve pain. She’s a game-time decision. Jackson, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, has only played in seven WNBA games this season and is averaging 11.0 points on 40.3 percent shooting from the field.
Teammate Svetlana Abrosimova is also a game-time decision. Abrosimova sprained her right wrist in Tuesday’s win over Chicago. She was a solid member of the 2010 championship run and is averaging 17.3 minutes since her late-June signing.
San Antonio, which has only won three of its past nine games, is without G Jia Perkins (sick). The Silver Stars are the third seed in Western Conference playoffs while the Storm slipped into the fourth and final spot.

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June 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Live game thread: San Antonio at Seattle

STORM WINS: The final three minutes took 15 minutes to play, but the Storm (4-7) held on to pull out a 82-76 win before 6,849 fans at KeyArena. Wright was the star, making eight of 10 free throws, dishing out a pass to Smith for an open three-pointer and scoring two layins herself. Overall, she tallied 14 of her final 20 points in the waning minutes. Yet, she was peeved about the two FTs she missed. “It’s odd because I think for three quarters it was a very physical basketball game and then in the fourth quarter we had 63 points scored (combined),” Hughes said. “We did a good job of handling their runs and coming back, we just couldn’t get control of the game.” The Storm had its most balanced offensive production of the season, six players finishing in double-digit scoring. Thompson had 12 points off the bench to continue her streak of five games in double figures, averaging 12.2 in that span. It’s the type of display Bird talked about during training camp when the roster was finalized. “You have someone like T who can really breakdown a defense and then you have four shooters pretty much around her,” Bird said. “At that moment (in the fourth quarter) what felt like 20,000-years, minute of the game, that’s what we wanted to do – put T in a position to get baskets and if they (San Antonio) wanted to help, so be it. You had to pick your poison. That’s the real beauty of our team and you’re going to see it come out more and more.” It was Seattle’s ninth consecutive win against San Antonio at home and third consecutive victory overall. The Storm concludes the home stand against Washington on Sunday and departs for a four-game road trip on Monday. “It was good to see our whole team be aggressive in the scoring category,” Agler said. Perkins (20) and Sophia Young (16) led their team while Hammon had 13 of her final 14 points in the fourth quarter.
BREAK TIME: Seattle is up 50-45 at the end of the third quarter. San Antonio has collected themselves and is getting some offense going off Seattle miscues, scoring five points on five turnovers in the quarter. Perkins is back on the board, leading all scorers with 14 points. Thompson has 12.
STANDING OVATION: A-Rob received a standing ovation when introduced during a timeout. She smiled bashfully at the crowd’s appreciation of her return. No mention of Abrosimova by the announcer, though. Interesting. Seattle is up 50-43.

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June 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Live game thread: Seattle at San Antonio in search of a win

STORM LOSE: It took a minute, but it finally clicked where I heard Agler’s postgame spiel before — Lin Dunn. The Storm lost 80-67 to the Silver Stars (3-4) and Agler likened the team’s development to babies when they learn to walk. “I’ve got kids and every child ends up walking between 10 months and 13 or 14 months, they’re all on a different schedule and you can’t force it to happen,” he said. It was reminiscent of Dunn talking about how her inaugural team was a baby competing against 3-year-olds since the league was established in 1997 and the Storm was an expansion franchise. Well, that was then. Seven games into the season, a veteran squad like the Storm shouldn’t be talking about baby steps. It should be getting mad and using its collective experience to work its way out of is slump, right? Guess the vigor was traded away in Swin Cash and Ashley Robinson because there was none on the court against an opponent Seattle appeared to be able to beat — on paper. Smith was so agitated, her only real form of expression were grunts and growls. “We are unified, we’ve just gotta make it work,” she said. “None of us our discouraged like we can’t do it. It just leaves a (growl) you want to get right back out there and do it, again.” San Antonio looked its best it has all season, getting balanced production, showing it has competitive depth. The reserves outscored Seattle’s 41-30 led by forward Danielle Adams (13) and Chilean post Ziomara Morrison (12). Storm rookie Shekinna Stricklen led the Storm with 14 points off the bench while Little and Thompson added 10 points apiece. The Storm’s sole positive was outrebounding the Silver Stars 37-30, but when you allow a team to shoot 46.8 percent from the field…Seattle returns home for two days before traveling to Chicago and Tulsa to complete the long road trip. “Right now we are just not getting the job done,” said Wright, whose team is off to the worst start in franchise history at 1-6. “We are not doing what is necessary to win basketball games.”
BREAK TIME: It’s more of the same in the second half, Seattle falling behind 48-36 with 4:49 remaining in the third quarter. Wright and Wauters have seven points apiece for Seattle. Young is starting to emerge for her team (eight) while Adams is finding lanes to the basket for six points. I’m going to break to write the daily version and will return for a wrap after postgame interviews. Check the Twitter feed (@JaydaEvans) for the final score.
HALFTIME: The Storm is down 41-30 at the break, allowing the Silver Stars to shoot 60 percent from the field. If it sticks, it’ll be a season high for San Antonio and the second consecutive night the Storm has allowed its opponent to shoot better than 50 percent. Minnesota shot a whopping 54.7 percent from the court on Wednesday. Bird is off. She’s 1-for-8 from the field, missing two wide open shots. Wright (seven) and Thompson (five) are the Storm’s offense to start. San Antonio is getting the balanced offense Hughes said he wanted prior to the game tipping off. Johnson, the rookie, has 10 off the bench, Christon has seven and Young has chipped in six. Seattle looks frustrated. Again, they’re going to have to stick together to pull out of the slump or it’ll be another loss. There wasn’t much of halftime show. A young woman sang “God Bless America” and there was a sponsor plug. The rest is as dry as Seattle’s game.
CHECK THAT: The Storm couldn’t continue its run. With the help of bad officiating, the Silver Stars are back up 41-28 with one minute left in the game. Appel is playing the best I’ve seen of her this season inside. Young is limited to two shot attempts, making both, but Johnson has 10 points off the bench.

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