Storm v. Liberty

Looks aren’t everything. Case in point: Seattle Storm shooting guard Katie Gearlds. Blessed with the sweetest three-point stroke on the team, graceful dexterity with the ball, and tremendous size (she’s 6’1”) for a female backcourt player, the second-year Purdue alum should be a game-changer off the bench, raining in jumpers to loosen the lane for stars Lauren Jackson and Swin Cash. Instead, Gearlds has seen inconsistent action this year, averaging a shade over two points per game despite spurts of brilliance. If the Storm are going to compete for a WNBA title this year—and with the off-season acquisitions of past-their-primers like Sheryl Swoopes and Yolanda Griffith, they’d better—Gearlds is going to have to step her game up for first-year head coach Brian Agler. Tonight, the New York Liberty takes on the Storm. Key Arena, Seattle Center, 684-7200, www.sonics-storm.com. $10–$750. 7 p.m. MIKE SEELY

Thu., July 3, 7 p.m., 2008

 
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