PREVIEW: at Phoenix Mercury (Preseason)

GAME NOTES

Once again, the Phoenix Mercury is on tap this week, as the Seattle Storm closes out the 2018 preseason slate on Saturday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. PT.

 

HOW TO FOLLOW

Live video will not be available for Saturday’s preseason game. However, fans can follow via live stats at StormBasketball.com, or on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.

 

LAST TIME OUT

The Storm is coming off a balanced effort against the Mercury on Tuesday, as four players scored in double figures en route to a 73-69 triumph at KeyArena. The trio of Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd and Jordin Canada tallied 15 points apiece, while Sue Bird chalked up 10 points and four steals.

Ten of Canada’s 15 points came in the second half, and she went 6-for-6 at the charity stripe down the stretch the charge the Storm to victory. Rookie Teana Muldrow buried the go-ahead three-pointer to make it 67-65 Storm with 2:23 remaining, and Seattle notched consecutive defensive stops to keep Phoenix at bay.

Defense was a deciding factor for Seattle, which forced 22 turnovers and turned them into 18 points. The Storm’s backcourt of Bird, Canada and Loyd combined for 10 of the team’s 13 steals.

 

STORM IN PRESEASON GAMES

With the win on Tuesday, Seattle improved to 20-26 all-time in preseason matchups and 13-9 at KeyArena. The Storm also moved ahead of the Mercury in the all-time series, improving to 6-5 overall and 5-1 at KeyArena.

In preseason battles, Seattle is seeking its second win at Phoenix in the last three tries. The Storm notched a 76-70 win in the Valley of the Sun on May 8, 2016, before falling last season on May 7 by a 72-55 margin.

 

SCOUTING PHOENIX

DeWanna Bonner recorded a team-high 13 points in her return to the Mercury on Tuesday, while rookie Marie Gülich scored 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in her WNBA debut.

In Seattle’s four-point win over Phoenix on Tuesday, the Mercury played without 2017 WNBA Scoring Champion Brittney Griner (NWT – Overseas) and WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi (DNP – Rest).

However, Griner is expected to be in Phoenix for practice today.

 

UP NEXT

The Storm will host the Mercury on Sunday, May 20 for Opening Night presented by Swedish. The action will begin at 6 p.m. PT, and the first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Sue Bird bobblehead.