I've been a rotten fan the past week.
I've been ignoring WNBA basketball for days on end, and haven't been contributing as much to the site as I did before June 10th. I guess I really don't know what to expect from a team defending a title, as I've never watched a season in any sport in which the team I root for was doing that.
So the Storm were hosting the top team in the East, the Indiana Fever. I definitely did not know what was going to happen tonight. In the opener, the Storm looked magnificent. In the Minnesota debacle, the Storm looked like the worst team of all time. You can probably guess that I wasn't singing "zip-a-dee-do-dah" as tonight's game approached. On the contrary, I was quite uncertain.
I mean, the Storm had a week off from the last game. Sure, they might have been angry with how the last game went, but who knows what kind of attitude they were going to bring after having 7 days to think about it?
Lo and behold, with a smothering defense that frustrated Tangela Smith, Tamika Catchings, and Katie Douglas, and some timely offense from Le'coe Willingham, Seattle handily overcame the Fever, and the Storm I know and love are back in business. Indiana's a good team. Were they tired from traveling a long distance? Or are the Storm truly that good? Only time will tell.
Also, Coach Agler? Would it have killed you to bench Sue Bird for the 4th quarter? The game was already decided by then.
Unsung Bench Players: Le'coe Willingham had 10 points and 7 rebounds in 10 minutes. Jeanette Pohlen quietly scored 9 points on 6 shots.