Storm Use Balance Scoring to Crush Sparks

Sue BirdSwin Cash

Storm Head Coach Brian Agler had an idea this was coming. In his pregame interview with Storm play-by-play broadcaster Dick Fain, Agler expressed confidence that the Storm's offense would break out of its doldrums soon. That's exactly what happened, as the Storm put together one of the best offensive performances in franchise history to run the rival Los Angeles Sparks off the floor on Saturday night. The Storm fell a point shy of the century mark, settling for 99 points in the fifth-highest output in franchise history and the most the team has ever scored against Los Angeles.

Individually, so many players contributed. Four of them scored season highs: Swin Cash (26), Katie Smith (13), Le'coe Willingham (12) and Tanisha Wright (21). That's not even counting Sue Bird, who scored 17 and handed out eight assists running the attack. The Storm shot 54.7 percent from the field and 9-of-17 from beyond the arc. Those numbers were even gaudier after halftime: 64.5 percent shooting and 6-of-9 on threes.

The Storm will try to keep the momentum going on Tuesday, when they play the annual Kids Day and celebrate Doppler's Birthday. It's a special 12 noon start as the Washington Mystics visit KeyArena.


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