The Seattle Storm lost their fourth game in a row on Sunday, September 16 when they were defeated 60-58 by the Connecticut Sun. The Storm were without their all-stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, who sat out the game to recover from injuries. Shekinna Stricklen was the high scorer for the Storm, scoring 12 points and bringing down five rebounds. Camille Little added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Tanisha Wrights had 10 points and eight assists for the Storm.
The Sun needed to win against the Storm to maintain the top position in the Eastern Conference, ensuring the home court advantage in the playoffs.
Late Season Struggles
Jackson has missed two games with a strained hamstring. Bird has missed the last three games to rest a strained hip flexor. The good news is that the Storm were not blown out against the Sun. In their previous two losses, they were defeated by more than 20 points. Friday's 90-66 loss against the San Antonio Silver Stars was a heartbreaker. The Silver Stars' defense really changed the energy in the game. They were able to pull ahead in the second half and did not look back.
In the 72-48 loss against the Indiana Fever on September 12, the Storm turned the ball over 28 times. Jackson scored just four points. Tanisha Wright sat out the game due to a groin strain. The night before, the Atlanta Dream defeated the Storm 77-61. The Storm turned the ball over 21 times in that game.
The Storm have had a rough time without Bird and Jackson. Bird plans to play on Tuesday against the Chicago Sun. Jackson remains questionable for Tuesday's game.
Despite their end-of-season losing streak, the Storm have secured the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They play their final three games within a week, matching up against the Chicago Sky, the Silver Stars and the Phoenix Mercury. With Bird and Jackson sidelined, I am trying to stay calm. However, their absence has forced their teammates to get more playing time. I have been pleased to see everyone making important contributions. That experience will be critical to their playoff performance.
Anne Bucher has been a devoted follower of the WNBA since its inception in 1997. A Texas native, she cheered the Houston Comets on to their four consecutive championship titles. Now she lives in the Northwest and roots for the Seattle Storm.
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