Saturday, May 12, 2007

Postgame Observations

- At one point during Betty Lennox's second-half three-point barrage, I slid a note to Alan Horton suggesting he ask Adia Barnes whether Lennox's play reminded her of the 2004 WNBA Finals.

That might have been the last time Lennox was so hot, but when I looked up the box scores, I got a surprise. Lennox hit three triples in the Storm's Game 1 loss, but didn't hit a single one in either Game 2 or Game 3, when she combined for 50 points. So tonight's performance was truly unprecedented for Lennox.

- No Storm player has ever hit seven three-pointers in a regular-season game. Sue Bird tied the franchise record - previously held by Sonja Henning from the expansion 2000 season - with six at Detroit last Aug. 8. You might remember Sue also set a WNBA record for three-pointers in a half in that same game, hitting all six of her threes before halftime. Betty had seven threes in the second half tonight.

- There's always something that slips through the cracks during Live From Press Row. Tonight I forgot to mention that Sonics Mickael Gelabale and Johan Petro, regular presences at practice, were sitting courtside. Gelabale was intently studying the boxscore at halftime, as if he was going to be tested on it later.

- When they said Katie Gearlds was leaving right after the game to head home for her graduation from Purdue, they weren't kidding. Gearlds had time to answer a few questions before bolting the arena for Sea-Tac Airport, where Bird and Lauren Jackson were headed to arrivals instead of departures.

- LJ's jersey was hanging in her locker and it was decorated for her birthday. While she won't see it on her actual birthday, Jackson will get a look tomorrow.

- Speaking of which, the latest is that Bird and Jackson will practice with the Storm on Saturday. Season ticket holders, see you at the "Meet Your Team" event. Everyone else, check out for all the latest tomorrow.

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