Comets continue losing streak

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: September 9, 2008

Houston Comets HOUSTON — Oh where, oh where have our Houston Comets gone? Oh where, oh where could they be? That is the question lingering over the Comets franchise as they have dropped five consecutive games since coming back after the Olympic break.

Now with three games left against Connecticut, Sacramento and Chicago, only an act of God can send Houston into the 2008 WNBA Playoffs and prolong their season.

Could it be that the potential sale of the Comets franchise could be heavily lingering on the minds of the team, or is it as one season ticket holder put it, the players just don’t have that drive to come in and play hard game after game.

“The team comes in with no motivation”, stated one season-ticket holder prior to Saturday’s game against Los Angeles. “They seem to only be interested in getting the game over with as quickly as possible.”

Not good for a team that may not have a home after Friday night’s game vs. Sacramento. Watching them has become so dissappointing and it not only showed on the face of the fans, but on the head coach too.

“We have to come game ready and do whatever it takes to win,” Houston head coach Karleen Thompson said. “We have too many lapses where we stop playing and just relax.”

That was evident against the Los Angeles Sparks where the Comets committed 18 turnovers, 11 in the first quarter alone. Houston lost to the Sparks by 18 points (84-66). They then traveled to Phoenix and got blown-out by the Mercury by 25 points.

Hopefully the Comets will be able to salvage the season as they play three games this week to end the regular season schedule.


— WNBA President Donna Orender is expected to pay a visit to the Houston Comets this week.

— Forward Sancho Lyttle was taken out on a stretcher and sent to a local hospital with a concussion after the Los Angeles Sparks game. She did not travel with the team after suffering a concussion and fracture to her right eye bone.

— The Comets led 30-23 at the end of the first quarter against the Phoenix Mercury. Phoenix went on a 22-9 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

— Mistie Williams set a career high in points with a team-high 17 points, including 8-of-12 field goals.

— With the loss at Phoenix, Houston returns to a 0-5 streak-the same record that began their 2008 season.

— Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi set a WNBA record for free throws made in one half with 15 made free throws, breaking Tina Thompson’s previous record set on June 11, 2007.

— This Friday, the Comets will host Fan Appreciation Night vs. the Sacramento Monarchs.

— Val Ackerman, the president of USA Basketball, will receive the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

— Head coach Thompson and several players participated in the WNBA’s Read to Achieve Program. Lyttle and Michelle Snow read to two community groups. Coach Thompson read two books to the kids at “A Fresh Start Boys Group Home” located in Northeast Houston. The children’s books which were written by Kathy Williams and vicki Williams, were donated by Self Esteem Adventures.

— Tina Thompson scored a season high 34 points vs. the New York Liberty. She also set season records for: Field Goals Made-11, Free Throws Made-10,Free Throws Attempted-11, Blocks-3, and Minutes Played-43.

— Williams also recorded season-highs against the Liberty. Williams had tied her number of Field Goals Made-5, Field Goals Attempted-8, Offensive Rebounds-3, Defensive Rebounds-3, and Total Rebounds-6.

— The WNBA announced Tom Garrity as the Chief Operating Officer of the Houston Comets franchise. Garrity will be responsible for overseeing the club’s day-to-day business operations and will report to the WNBA league office, which is operating the club while new ownership is sought.

— Celebrity Sightings at the Comets Home Games include: Daniel Gibson-Cleveland Cavaliers, Alonzo Dotson-former University of Oklahoma football player, Earl Cochran-Houston Texans, Jolanda Jones-Houston City Council, Dwight Jones, Reggie Dixon, Jasmine Henderson & Kelsey Bone-Dulles High School, Mike James-New Orleans Hornets, and James Posey-Boston Celtics.