PREVIEW: Indiana (June 22)

By Seth Dahle

The Seattle Storm will look to bounce back from a setback to Las Vegas when it hosts the Indiana Fever on Friday for Pride Tip-Off Supported by PwC, with start time set for 7 p.m./PT.

 

HOME TEAM: Seattle Storm (8-4)

VISITING TEAM: Indiana Fever (1-11)

 

HOW TO FOLLOW

Fans can watch the game on ESPN3, JOEtv or WNBA League Pass, with live stats available at StormBasketball.com. Live updates will also be provided on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.

 

TIME TO RALLY

Fans and media are invited to attend a pregame rally and media availability for Sue Bird, Natasha Howard, Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart on Friday beginning at 5 p.m./PT on KeyArena’s West Plaza. All in attendance will have a chance to hear from the four potential WNBA All-Stars on why fans should cast their #WNBAVote for each Storm player. In addition, fans who attend will have the chance to receive their 2018 #WNBAVote “I Voted” stickers, campaign posters and interact with the candidates.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Seattle nearly overcame another 14-point deficit but suffered an 89-77 setback to Las Vegas on Tuesday. The Storm was without two starters in Bird (rest) and Alysha Clark (right ankle).

After falling behind by 14 (17-3) early, Seattle made its last six field goals of the first quarter to cut the deficit to just six (22-16).

Seattle led by one (39-38) at halftime and claimed a six-point (62-56) advantage in the third frame after a three-pointer by Loyd, but Las Vegas responded with a 21-6 run over the next six minutes to pull away.

Stewart notched her ninth 20-point performance of the season with a game-high 27 and team-best nine boards.

 

SERIES HISTORY

Despite being 17-19 all-time against Indiana, Seattle has owned the series at KeyArena with a 13-5 record.

The Storm swept the Fever at home last season, picking up two wins in May, including a 94-70 triumph on May 28, setting a franchise record for most points scored at home against Indiana.

 

SCOUTING INDIANA

Indiana fell to 1-11 on Tuesday via a 74-55 setback at Los Angeles.

The Fever led by five (18-13) before the Sparks scored 18 of the next 24 points to go up 31-24 and remain in front for good. Natalie Achonwa led the way for the Fever with a double-double (13 points, 14 rebounds), while Tiffany Mitchell added 10 points.

Kelsey Mitchell, the second overall draft pick in 2018, has led the way thus far with 16.7 points per game.

 

UP NEXT

Seattle will hit the road to battle the Dallas Wings on Sunday, with tip-off set for 1 p.m./PT.