Tamika Catchings is playing like the champion she is. She came out of the locker room hot and stayed that way all game! Catchings and the Fever did an excellent job defending their title against the Silver Stars. The first game for the returning champions tells a lot about the team and the coach. By the Fever winning, they keep intimidating other teams by showing they are still winning and they are still contender for another ring.
Tamika Catchings ended the game with 19 points, 4 blocks, and 5 rebounds. Catchings didn’t lead her team with points but she did have the same amount as Shavonte Zellous who had an excellent first game of the season. Zellous also had 19 points and 5 rebounds. There was nothing more she could do in this game! she was fantastic and did an amazing job helping lead her team to victory. Katie Douglas may not have had a great offensive game, but she had a huge defensive game grabbing 4 steals as well as leading several fastbreaks from Silver Stars errors. Briann January led her team in assists by dishing out 5 of them. She did a phenomenal job creating offensive opportunities for her teammates.
The Silver Stars had a huge obstacle to face without Becky Hammon. Hammon is out until the end of June. Not only was Hammon out, but Sophia Young is still out. The Stars were losing two off their biggest stars but they still made great things happen in this game. The Stars were up by one at the half but couldn’t keep it up. The Fever brought the heat in the second half. Shenise Johnson led her team with 14 points! That was a spectacular game for her and it is going to be a great season. Danielle Robinson, another young player, stepped up huge in this game. She had total of 9 assists and 3 steals. She really stepped into the Becky Hammon position and it is likely she will continue.
The Stars may be down, but they aren’t out. They played a great game against the returning champs even though they lost. Their season is full of obstacles but it seems as though thy are ready and capable to beat the odds. This was a good gave for the Fever and the Silver Stars and it seems they will both have a great season!