Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Liberty 77, Storm 63. According to Sue Bird of the Storm (5-2), they were "jumped on" by the Liberty (2-3), who took a 16-point lead in the first half. Swin Cash called it "embarrassing". Generally, the Storm have started slow in their games and have had to fight since the opening tipoff.
The solution for the Libs woes was to shake up the starting lineup, with Essence Carson getting her first start. The Storm fought back, but Shameka Criston of the Libety scored 15 of her 25 points -- a career high -- in the second half to keep the Strom at bay. The Liberty had lost five straight against the Storm until this matchup.
Sparks 81, Sky 77 (OT). Delisha Milton Jones scores eight in overtime as the Sparks (4-1) finished off their long road trip. The Sky (1-4) sold out a game with 6,304 (although WNBA fans wonder how many of those were phantom ticket holders) as Candace Parker debuted in her home state.
Sky center Silvia Fowles, at 6'5", did not start due to a knee injury.
Comets 75, Silver Stars 72. The Comets (1-5) got their first win of the year with Tina Thompson scoring 15 against the Silver Stars (2-3) and rookie guard Matee Ajavon also scoring 15, and they won it against their Texas counterparts. Becky Hammon of the Silver Stars scored 20.
Mercury 98, Mystics 93. How can you score 60 percent from the field and lose? Poor free throw shooting might have something to do with it, with the Mystics scoring thirty percent from the charity stripe. The Mystics (2-4) never led and Diana Taurasi of the Mercury (1-4) scored 29 points to lead the home crowd.