Opponent: Minnesota Lynx
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Target Center
Radio: KPTK 1090 AM
The Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx are becoming quite familiar with each other. Today marks the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams, with the Lynx leading the season series 2-1.
The Lynx ended the Storm’s 23-game winning streak dating back to 2009 in the second game of the season on June 9. Just over two weeks later, the Storm tasted revenge, with a convincing victory over Minnesota at KeyArena. The Lynx took the first meeting of the season in Minneapolis on July 16.
The Storm have a chance to improve to 2-0 on their current three-game road trip, which would be a big improvement. Seattle’s three-game road trip before the all-star break resulted in an 0-3 finish.
But the Storm seem to have righted the ship. They earned a convincing 73-55 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars just before the all-star break, and earned an impressive 83-77 road victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday. It was the Storm’s ninth consecutive win over Phoenix.
A victory over the Lynx tonight wouldn’t just mean a big road victory, for the Storm it would be their third consecutive win over one of the Western Conference’s elite teams.
The Lynx currently have the best record in the WNBA at 11-4.
The Storm will have to deal with the likes of Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson. Both players have been on a tear this season. Augustus is seventh in the WNBA averaging 16.3 points per game this season, and Brunson is averaging a double-double with 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.
With Lindsay Whalen and rookie Maya Moore, the Lynx boast four players who average at least 12.9 points per game.
But the Storm have proven in their recent wins over the Silver Stars and the Mercury that they can dictate the pace of the game against high-powered offences.
Aaron Lommers, Herald Writer