Storm officials are encouraging fans to gather at designated locations to view Game 3
Storm officials are encouraging fans to gather at designated locations to view Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, airing Thursday at 5 p.m. PDT on ESPN2.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The first time former Storm forward Iziane Castro Marques returned to KeyArena in 2008, she was showered with affection from the crowd, throwing her off her game.
Castro Marques was a pool of tears in 2009 when she was presented with a bouquet of flowers, honored for being named to the Storm's All Decade team.
"They love Izzy here," said Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors before Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday. "For a while she couldn't play here because she was so emotional. When they gave her roses, I said, 'She's done!' She's got tears and I'm going, 'Izzy, forget it.' This year she's matured into an Atlanta Dream player."
Playing in her first WNBA Finals, Castro Marques is in the midst of her best season. She averaged a career-best 16.9 points and 2.6 assists during the regular season.
Castro Marques, a 6-foot wing, scored 21 points Tuesday in Atlanta's loss and 19 in the series opener.
The play is what Meadors envisioned when she first saw tape of the Brazilian national team star in 2002. Meadors was working with the defunct Miami Sol.
"I watched the first crossover, called her agent back and said, 'We'll take her,' " Meadors said. "She's been in my thoughts the entire time, even when I was not with the WNBA."
When Meadors was hired as Dream coach in 2008, she called Storm coach Brian Agler to acquire Castro Marques.
"I never lost contact with her," the quick forward said. "Coach always said if she got a coaching job, I'd be on her team."
Castro Marques played for the Storm from 2005 through 2007.
"Until I shot that free throw at the end (of Game 1), I didn't even think they were cheering against me," Castro Marques said.
Storm reserve Abby Bishop did not dress for the game. She suffered a concussion at the end of Monday's practice.
It's uncertain whether Bishop will travel to Atlanta for Game 3. Bishop, a rookie, hasn't played in the postseason.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire bet Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue the Storm will beat the Dream in the Finals. If the Storm brings home the championship, Perdue has promised to send Gregoire a box of Georgia peaches. In return, Gregoire has put up a box of Washington apples.
"I'm convinced that Gov. Perdue hasn't seen the Seattle Storm in action — otherwise he wouldn't jump at this bet," Gregoire said in a statement.
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