After my last article of give Plum a chance, Coach Vickie Johnson showed the faith.
There is something about returning to the place where you feel comfortable. Coach Vickie Johnson is showing herself to be smart. She allowed Kelsey Plum to stay in the entire first quarter and Plum responded.
Plum hit her first shot which was a three point attempt, and the San Antonio Stars were away. The Stars have been going down early in games and then struggling to get back. Today, Plum looked assured at the point, occasionally moving over to the two.
Plum was rotating on defense, setting screens on offense. Plum only had one turnover in the whole quarter, trying to push the play with seconds to go. She showed surety in her drives and kept Sue Bird scoreless for the quarter. The Stars ended the first only to points down. Plum would have had more than the one assist if San Antonio could hit their open looks.
Plum only got a short break at the start of the second before coming in to partner Moriah Jefferson in the back court for a few minutes. For the first time in her career, Plum actually played better than Jefferson for the half. The problem for the for the Stars was their front court was given a lesson in how play.
Plum started the third quarter cold, missing two straight three point shots. She did get to the line by driving aggressively, making all three attempts. Her defense on Jewel Loyd was excellent, the only thing that was keeping the Stars in the game.
Plum would end up playing almost 21 minutes but unfortunately for the Stars, Seattle rode the back of Breanna Stewart who had a double double (22 points and 15 rebounds) and a career high five blocks. Sue Bird was her creative best with nine assists, meaning the Storm were just too much.