June 5, 2011

Storm win season opener

Even though the Sonics are gone, lets try and fill that basketball void by rooting on the very good Seattle Storm of the WNBA. After all, they just won their season opener over the Phoenix Mercury!

SEATTLE (AP) Sue Bird scored 13 points and handed out 10 assists, Camille Little led Seattle with 18 points and the defending WNBA champion Storm opened the 2011 season with a 78-71 win over of the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday.

Lauren Jackson added 15 points and seven rebounds as Seattle built a big fourth-quarter lead and then watched Phoenix's Diana Taurasi try to rally the Mercury in the closing seconds.

Taurasi scored a game-high 31, including 11 in the closing minutes as Phoenix trimmed a 19-point deficit to within five with 16 seconds left.

Not sure if future Mrs. Hansen Diana Taurasi got taunted for, you know, the whole DUI/testing for drugs scandal she endured but that definitely shows a nice bounce-back for the former UConn star.

As for the Storm, they put in their typical balanced scoring attack which always bodes well. While it's not quite the Big 3 of the Heat, Seattle fans should feel good with Sue Bird, Camille Little and Lauren Jackson on the team. I wish I could say something smart about those three, but I know nothing about the WNBA and will just assume they're really, really good.

They had a huge 19-point lead in the third quarter before Phoenix made a run at them. The win puts them on pace for an undefeated season, which we will be covering extensively as the new home of Seattle Storm blogging!

(Dammit NBA, where are my Sonics. WHERE ARE MY SONICS!?!?!)

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