Saturday, May 31, 2008

It Happened Elsewhere!

Sun 89, Liberty 84. Not as close as the boxscore looks. The Sun (4-1) led 82-70 with five minutes remaining, but the Liberty (1-3) came charging right back, pulling to within 4 points. Erin Thorn would miss a jumper and a three-pointer in the final nine seconds, and Tamika Whitmore would be given the ball for two free throws, making one of the two and scoring the final Sun point. (Coach Mike Thibault would call the Sun's turnovers "dumbass turnovers".) Whitmore scored 18 points against a New York defense that double teamed her.

Essence Carson scored 15 points to lead the Liberty. The two teams will only meet one more time the rest of the regular season. Some New York fans are already shouting "Fire Patty" on message boards. (Patty Coyle is the Liberty head coach.)

Storm 78, Silver Stars 57. The Storm (4-1) scored the first fourteen points of the game and never looked back. Lauren Jackson scored the first ten points on the way to finishing with 28. The Silver Stars missed their first 15 shots of the night and didn't score a field goal until half a minute was left in the first quarter.

The Storm snapped a six-game losing streak against the Silver Stars (2-2, who shot only 28 percent from the floor. Furthermore, the Storm's 4-1 start ties the 2005 Storm for the best start in franchise history. Center Ruth Riley of the Silver Stars was out with a sprained ankle.

Monarchs 73, Comets 66. Sacramento (2-3) never trailed during the entire game. The Comets (0-4) shot 29 percent. Still, Erica White of the Comets pulled the score to 61-61 in the fourth quarter with 4:44 remaining before the Monarchs started a 10-0 run that ended any chance of a Comets upset.

Nicole Powell, a rookie, led the Monarchs with 16 points.

(Jambi the Genie: 3-0 on the year. Mekka Lekka Hi!)

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