SPOTTED: Former Lynx assistant Ed Prohofsky attended just his second game of the season. he was part of Don Zierden’s staff and did not remain once Zierden left to be an assistant for the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Sacramento Kings G Rashard McCants is seated courtside. His sister, Rashanda, is a rookie forward for Minnesota.
BREATHER: Seattle left the Minnesota fans standing for a while, looking for the Lynx’ first shot. But the game is rolling now. Seattle is up 14-6, using good defense and penetrating inside. Yeah, there have been some bobbled plays, but the Storm isn’t letting it get to them. A open layin by Burse forced Gillom to call time with 3:46 remaining in the opening quarter.
HALL THAT: Prior to the game the Lynx recognized new head coach Jennifer Gillom, who’ll be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Gillom plans to attend, making a one-day trip to Knoxville, Tenn. for the ceremony. She’ll be joined by her family, who also plan to celebrate her 45th birthday that day. Johnson is the only Storm player who played with Gillom in the WNBA. “Her fadeaway was unstoppable.,” Johnson said. Lynx COO Roger Griffith presented her with a framed picture of her first game as a head coach.
Tonight is a real test for both teams. Minnesota (3-0) is talking about how they’re different than last season, when the Lynx surprised the league and started 5-0. With just four players returning, their may be a different ambiance.
But Seattle (2-1) also needs this win. They were flat in Indiana, throwing 20 turnovers and letting a poor shooting Fever team grab 15 offensive rebounds to steal a win. Emphasizing defense again this season, the Storm needs to show it.
Storm coach Brian Agler is going to start Swin Cash in place of PG Shannon Johnson and will also use Australian C Suzy Batkovic-Brown off the bench. The battle will probably be between Cash and Minnesota star Seimone Augustus.
Since this will probably be a fast-paced one, let’s get right to it. Here are your starters:
F Swin Cash
F Lauren Jackson
C Camille Little
G Tanisha Wright
G Sue Bird
F Seimone Augustus
F Charde Houston
C Nicky Anosike
G Candice Wiggins
G Kelly Miller