By Matthew Roberson
The Seattle Storm (5-4) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts the Atlanta Dream (4-4) on Tuesday, June 13 at KeyArena. The game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. PDT.
For Seattle, the game marks the end of its three-game road trip, during which the Storm went 1-2. Seattle beat San Antonio (85-76) before losing back-to-back games to Indiana (83-80) and New York (94-86). In the most recent game at New York, Breanna Stewart had a team-high 23 points for Seattle, matching her season-high for points. Stewart also had 10 rebounds against the Liberty, earning her second double-double in as many games vs. New York in the 2017 season.
Sue Bird also had a double-double at Madison Square Garden. She scored 21 points and served up 10 assists, and in the loss at Indiana, she passed DeLisha Milton-Jones for ninth place on the WNBA all-time scoring list. Bird also drilled four three’s against the Liberty to pass Tina Thompson and move to No. 4 all-time in WNBA history for three’s made. Jewell Loyd added 19 points, giving her 25 straight games scoring at least 10 points.
Bird said after the game that turnovers were her team’s undoing in its loss to the Liberty.
“Down the stretch, they made more plays than we did,” Bird said. “We had some costly turnovers, and they were able to get just enough of a lead. When there’s 45 seconds, five is just enough of a lead to secure it.”
The loss in the Big Apple gave Seattle its fourth of the season. Losing to New York also handed the Storm its first losing streak of the season, which the team will hope to snap against Atlanta. Since the start of the 2016 season, the Storm has a 14-7 record in games immediately following a loss. The team has averaged 83.8 points in those 21 games.
AT A GLANCE: DREAM
Atlanta heads West riding a three-game losing streak. In those three games, the Dream averaged 68 points while allowing its opponents to score an average of 86.
In its most recent outing, Atlanta endured a 104-71 loss to the Connecticut Sun. The defeat marked Atlanta’s largest margin of defeat in franchise history. The other 33 point loss came in the franchise’s first ever game in 2008, in which the Dream also lost to Connecticut.
So far this season, the Dream has done a great job at limiting turnovers, despite its frenetic pace. Entering play on Tuesday, Atlanta has the second lowest turnover percentage in the league (15.4 percent), while also playing at the second fastest pace (81.2).
Tiffany Hayes chalks up 18.3 points and five boards per game, while Bria Holmes adds 11.3 points and 3.1 boards per contest.
The Storm has an even 10-10 all-time record against Atlanta and has won its last four matchups against the Dream at KeyArena.
In 2016, Seattle went 2-2 vs. Atlanta. On June 28, 2016, Stewart tossed in 38 points on 12-for-16 shooting to set the Storm record for most points against Atlanta and the most scored by a rookie in franchise history. Seattle will look to avenge last season’s first-round playoff setback at Atlanta, and the matchup is also a rematch of the 2010 WNBA Finals. Seattle won that series, 3-0, to earn the franchise’s second championship.
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