Opponent: Minnesota Lynx
When: 6 p.m.
Radio: KTPK 1090 AM
After a difficult five-game road trip in which the Storm finished 1-4, they finally return to KeyArena tonight for their first game at home in nearly three weeks.
But that doesn't mean things get any easier. Tonight the Storm face the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, who at 10-0 are off to the best start in the league's history.
The game will be a great test for the Storm, who have been trying to figure out their offensive identity in recent weeks. Playing without Lauren Jackson, who is training for the 2012 Olympics in London and with several new faces on the roster there certainly has been a period of adjustment.
When the Storm earned their second win of the season on Friday night in Tulsa, things started to click. Sue Bird recovered from a string of sub-par games with a 21-point effort, Katie Smith scored 17 and Tina Thompson added 16. Rookie Shekinna Stricklen even scored in double figures with 12. The Tennessee product has improved her scoring in recent weeks something to watch for at the season goes forward.
If the Storm are to end the Lynx winning-streak tonight, they will have to slow down several players that can be Minnesota's leading scorer on any given night. Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen all average double figure scoring for the Lynx. Collectively the team scores 85.8 points per game and shoots 51.2 percent from the field.
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