Sunday, July 10 – 4 p.m. PT
KeyArena | Seattle, WA
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The Storm (7-12) is coming off a win at San Antonio that snapped a three-game losing steak, while the Fever (8-11) earned an impressive road victory over Phoenix on Friday. With a win on Sunday, Seattle would move into a tie with Indiana for eighth in the league’s overall standings.
Indiana owns a 17-15 edge in the all-time series, but the Storm is 11-4 at home against the Fever and came out with a victory in the last meeting. On June 12 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Storm guard Jewell Loyd hit the go-ahead free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining to give Seattle a 90-88 win. The Fever claimed the first matchup of the season, an 85-75 contest on June 1.
Indiana gets 28.1 points per game from its bench, one of the highest marks in the league. The main contributor off the bench is rookie guard Tiffany Mitchell, who’s second among all rookies with 11.7 points per contest. Seattle ranks last in the WNBA with just 13.2 bench points per game, but second-year wing Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has provided a vital spark in the last two outings, knocking down five of her seven three-pointers and averaging 9.5 points.
In Friday’s win at San Antonio, the Storm tied a season high with 25 assists while committing just 12 turnovers. Sue Bird added to her league-leading total with five dimes, and forwards Crystal Langhorne and Alysha Clark recorded career highs with five assists apiece. The performance came two days after Seattle had notched 24 assists at New York.
Sunday’s game marks the 24th and final meeting between WNBA legends Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings. Catchings, who announced she is retiring after this season, represents the longest tenure among active players with the team that drafted her (Bird is second; she was drafted a year after Catchings). Among the league’s all-time leaders, Catchings is second in points (7,194) and rebounds (3,230) and first in steals (1,044). Bird is 10-13 in meetings with Catchings, including a 90-88 win in Indianapolis on June 12 despite 27 points from Catchings.
- In just a few weeks, Fever forward Tamika Catchings will team up with Seattle’s Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart as they aim to bring the United States a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Catchings, Bird and Diana Taurasi are the only players that have been named to each of the last four Olympic teams. Catchings, who turns 37 before the tournament starts, will be the oldest player to ever represent the U.S. in the Olympics. Stewart is just the fourth WNBA rookie ever to be part of the Olympic team.
- The next time Seattle takes the court following Sunday’s game, it will honor legendary center Lauren Jackson by officially retiring her No. 15 jersey on Friday, July 15 at KeyArena. After announcing her retirement in March, Jackson will make the trip from Australia to Seattle this week and be honored in a ceremony at the game.