PREVIEW: Phoenix Mercury

The Seattle Storm will begin the 2018 WNBA season on Sunday night against the Phoenix Mercury in Opening Night presented by Swedish, with tip-off set for 6 p.m./PT at KeyArena. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Sue Bird bobblehead.

 

HOW TO FOLLOW

Fans will have the option to watch the game live on Twitter, JOEtv or via WNBA League Pass. Live Stats will be available at StormBasketball.com. Fans can also stay up to speed on the game by following @SeattleStorm on Twitter or Instagram.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Seattle is coming off an 84-61 victory over Phoenix thanks to a dominating fourth quarter, helping the Storm secure its first undefeated preseason since 2013.

Rookie guard Jordin Canada posted another strong performance, finishing the game with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists, going 3-for-5 from deep and 6-for-7 from the line. Canada ended the preseason averaging a team-high 16 points per contest.

The Storm as a team had another strong defensive performance, holding the Mercury to 32 percent shooting for the game as well as forcing 18 turnovers.

 

STORM IN HOME OPENERS

Seattle is 11-7 all-time in opening games at KeyArena. The Storm will be aiming for its second-straight home opener victory after defeating the Indiana Fever 87-72 last season.

Seattle has faced Phoenix in home openers three times since the leagues inception, winning all three contests. The Storm defeated the Mercury in its second ever home opener on May 30, 2001, with a final score of 83-70. The most recent victory came on June 2, 2013 where the Seattle beat Phoenix, 75-72.

 

SCOUTING PHOENIX 

2017 WNBA Scoring Champion Brittney Griner and the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi both returned to the lineup for the Mercury in the final preseason contest last Saturday. Griner led the way as the team’s only scorer in double figures with 14 points in 20 minutes of action.

As a team, Phoenix finished the 2017 season 18-16 overall, good for the five seed in the playoffs. They defeated the Storm in the first round of the 2017 playoffs (1-0) and defeated the Connecticut Sun in the second round (1-0). The Mercury were eliminated in the WNBA semifinals by the Los Angeles Sparks, being swept 3-0.

 

UP NEXT

The Storm will return to Talking Stick Resort Arena on Wednesday, May 23, to take on the Phoenix Mercury once again. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m./PT.