Game Preview: Seattle Storm Looks to Continue Building Momentum Against New York

Sunday, June 5 – 4 p.m. PT
KeyArena | Seattle, WA
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Team Details

Seattle (3-4) is one game behind New York (3-3) in the loss column and aiming to pick up its third home win of the season. This will be just the second road game for the Liberty, which completed a five-game homestand by defeating Indiana on Friday. Last season, New York finished with the best record in the WNBA before bowing out in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Head-to-Head History

Dating back to 2013, the Storm has lost six consecutive games against the Liberty, its longest losing streak in the series history. At KeyArena, Seattle holds an all-time record of 9-6 in matchups with New York.

Notable Statistics

In 2015, Crystal Langhorne led the Storm in scoring with 11.1 points per game as the team finished 10-24. Seven games into this season, Seattle has three players averaging better than 12 points per contest (Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird). As a team, the Storm has also increased its average scoring output from 70.4 points per game in 2014 to 80.4 this year.

The Storm and Liberty are coming off their best offensive performances of the season, posting 95 and 91 points on Friday, respectively. For New York, its 38-point margin of victory against Indiana was the franchise’s largest since 2010. Seattle’s 95 points in the win over Phoenix were its most since 2012, and the Storm also set season highs in three-pointers (12), three-point percentage (50.0) and assists (25).

One year after ranking as the WNBA’s best team in opponent field goal percentage and points per game, New York is once again among the stingiest defensive units in the league. Thus far, Liberty opponents are shooting just 36.1 percent from the field (first in WNBA) and 25.9 percent from three-point range (second in WNBA). New York gives up 88.7 points per 100 possessions, second to only Los Angeles.

Key Matchup

Another day, another star-studded matchup for Storm rookie Breanna Stewart. She will battle former MVP and future Olympic teammate Tina Charles, who enters Sunday’s game as the leading scorer (21.8 points per game) and rebounder (11.3) in the WNBA. Stewart made an incredible impact in Friday’s win, coming up just shy of the league’s sixth-ever triple-double (14 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists). Charles is also one of the most versatile players in the game – the fellow UConn product averages 3.8 assists per contest from the forward spot.

Notes

  • On Sunday against New York, Seattle welcomes back a pair of players that were starters on its 2010 WNBA championship team: Swin Cash and Tanisha Wright. Cash led the Storm with 18 points in the championship-deciding third game of the 2010 WNBA Finals against Atlanta, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. Cash and Wright both started all 34 regular-season games that year, with Cash posting averages of 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds and Wright averaging 9.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
  • Reigning Rookie of the Year Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting as the Storm picked up its second win over Phoenix on Friday. Loyd, who reached the 500-point milestone Friday night, became the third player in franchise history to score 30 on multiple occasions (only Lauren Jackson also did it twice in one season). It was the most points scored by a Storm player since Jackson posted 33 in 2010 against Phoenix. Loyd also set career highs with nine rebounds and five offensive boards.