By Wyatt Yearout
HOME TEAM: Seattle Storm (15-5)
VISITING TEAM: Los Angeles Sparks (12-8)
TIP-OFF: Noon PT
HOW TO FOLLOW
LAST TIME OUT
Seattle secured its fifth-straight win in its last matchup defeating the Washington Mystics, 97-91.
After being down as much as seven in the third quarter, the Storm flipped the switch and went on a 14-3 run late in the period to take a nine-point advantage into the fourth quarter. Washington knocked down several big shots down the stretch, but Seattle had an answer every time, as the Storm was able to hang on to its cushion and win by six.
Sue Bird led the way for Seattle with a season-high 21 points to go along with five assists. With 21 points on the night, Bird became the all-time leader for points scored in franchise history as well as seventh all-time in WNBA history, passing Lauren Jackson (6,007). She now sits at 6,016 points for her career.
After winning the first two matchups this season, the Seattle Storm is now sitting tied with Los Angeles in the all-time series at 35-35. Both teams have gone 22-13 all-time against one another at home.
Seattle is currently riding a six-game winning streak at home against Los Angeles, with the last Sparks win at KeyArena coming on July 26, 2014, where the Sparks defeated Seattle, 77-69.
If the Storm win, it will mark the fourth time in franchise history that Seattle swept Los Angeles in a season series. The Storm also swept the Sparks in 2007, 2010, and 2015.
SCOUTING LOS ANGELES
The Sparks are 12-8 on the season, currently sitting fourth in the WNBA standings.
Los Angeles dropped its last game to the Washington Mystics, 84-74. Nneka Ogwumike posted 22 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort for the Sparks.
The Sparks are led on the season by Ogwumike and Candace Parker, who averaging 16.5 and 16.2 points per game, respectively.
The Storm has a few days off before it returns to action on July 14 against the Dallas Wings. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m./PT at KeyArena.