PENALTY: Seattle is already over the foul limit after Jackson was tagged with a foul with 1:50 remaining in the opening quarter. Both teams have yet to settle into the game and the Storm’s legs look a little heavy, bricking easy layins. Agler is shouting, “Stick to what we do,” to the team. Seattle up 14-13.
FIRST UP: Pierson is checking into the game, her first as a Liberty. There’s 4:23 remaining and Seattle leads 8-7. McCarville started hot, making two of her first three baskets. Bird gave the Storm the lead with a sick fade away jumper. Storm coach Brian Agler is countering Pierson with his reserves Le’Coe Willingham and Svetlana Abrosimova.
We’re late, spent too much time catching up with all of the local Storm fans at Madison Square Garden on Friday. There’s also a few who made the trip from Seattle, seated courtside with big signs.
How Seattle responds to Thursday’s fourth-quarter debacle in Indiana is the question against New York, which has been off since losing to Washington on the road. In that time the Liberty added former Detroit/Tulsa reserve Plenette Pierson. The forward has had two practices with the team since the Monday deal.
New York has been under major construction, but coach Anne Donovan is pleased with what she has headed into Friday’s game against her former Storm. She’s uncertain how Pierson will figure in early, however.
“We’re a team where right now we need to play,” Donovan said.
Well, let’s get to it with your starting lineups:
F Swin Cash
F Lauren Jackson
C Camille Little
G Sue Bird
G Tanisha Wright
F Janel McCarville
F Nicole Powell
C Taj McWilliams-Franklin
G Leilani Mitchell
G Cappie Pondexter
Tonight’s officials are Dennis Brooks, Eric Brewton, and Lauren Bass.