Spirit can't sneak by Stealth
Houston, TX - The Spirit suffered another tough loss this afternoon as they were defeated by the Houston Stealth by a score of 85-80. The Spirit (2-7) was led by Stacy Clinesmith who had 25 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Isabel Stubbs who added 23 points and 14 rebounds and Andrea Garner who chipped in with 18 points and 9 rebounds provided the other offensive support for the Spirit. As a team the Spirit shot 46.5% from the field and 54.5% from behind the arc. The players shot extremely well considering the game was moved up 2 hours to a 1pm start to accommodate the NWBL All-Star Game. We landed at just a couple of hours prior to that and I was concerned we wouldnt have our legs. The Spirit who dressed only 7 were without the newly acquired Rasheeda Clark and Tootie Shaw who had to leave the team suddenly to return home. They will rejoin the Spirit on Wednesday for their next game this Thursday at CCSU. Coach Verdi was again happy with the effort from the team. Yatar Kuyateh was hurt, and saw limited action in last nights game vs. Chicago. She played only 6 minutes today. The 6 players that played the majority of the game kept the pressure on Houston all day and we almost came out with a win. Its a long season and with our whole team in tact we will be very tough to beat in the remaining games.
Leading the way for the Stealth (6-3) was Alicia Thompson who had 25 points while Kelley Gibson added 19 points and Kym Hope, Octavia Blue and Tamicha Jackson all added 13 points in the five point victory over the Spirit.
Coming up next the Spirit will take on the visiting Dallas Fury this Thursday, 7pm at Central Connecticut State University while the Stealth are set to visit Dallas on Wednesday to take on the Fury. For more information about the Spirit and the other teams in the NWBL please visit the league website at www.nwbl.com.
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