The Seattle Storm have talked all year about preparing for this moment and when it arrived they seized it beating the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 1 of the first round 79-66.
The Sparks played the Storm close in KeyArena for the second game in a row but were unable to overcome 56.1% shooting from the field.
And the shots came from all over the field for the Storm. It started early with fast break layups from Swin Cash, continued in the second quarter with Jana Vesela hitting threes, and then Lauren Jackson got going in the second half. Sue Bird did what she does best, dishing out a season-high 12 assists.
The series continues on Saturday at noon in Los Angeles.