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Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"

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July 10, 2007 5:26 PM

Brief point

Posted by Jayda Evans

Storm signee Shona Thorburn made her debut against the Sparks, first entering the game in the second quarter and playing one minute. She finished with two points and two turnovers in five minutes overall, looking a little jittery with the ball.

"I don't want to say I was nervous, but maybe a little over energized," Thorburn said. "I'm still concentrating on the plays I learned. But it was fun to be out there."

A 2006 first-round draft pick, Thorburn has only had two practices with Seattle. She was signed on July 5 and her contract expires on Wednesday. Storm coach Anne Donovan said her point guard pickup "did good with the minutes she had," but still declined to say whether Thorburn will be retained for another seven-day stint or even the remainder of the season.

Thorburn is security as All-Star Sue Bird recovers from minor left knee surgery. Bird is hopeful to return for the July 20 game after the All-Star break, but the team will not really know her progress until they see her upon return from Los Angeles today. In her absence, Tanisha Wright and Betty Lennox have been sharing Bird's offensive duties

It appears the Storm won't be able to have center Tye'sha Fluker return because she's doing well in Los Angeles and could nab another seven-day contract there. Plus, Donovan rarely returns a player she's cut. The Storm could test-run another point guard or hold at 10 players, saving money until another unexpected injury calls for them to find a replacement - although that's highly unlikely.

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