PREVIEW: DALLAS WINGS
Sept. 8, 2019
HOW TO WATCH
Seattle’s final regular-season contest is available on ESPN3. Fans can also follow live stats on Stormbasketball.com, or on Twitter by following @Seattlestorm.
LAST TIME OUT
Seattle was defeated at STAPLES Center, 102-68, by the Los Angeles Sparks, who clinched the No. 3 overall seed and a first round bye. Cracking the century mark for the first time since 2017, the Sparks tallied the second-most points in the paint in WNBA history, accruing 74 to Seattle’s 20.
Candace Parker paced the Sparks with 20 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 14 points and 10 rebounds while playing limited minutes.
Natasha Howard and Jewell Loyd were the only Storm players to score in double figures with 13 each. Howard knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and poured 10 points into the first quarter, but Los Angeles finished the frame with a 14-4 run to take the lead. Shooting at a season-best 54.7 percent clip, the Sparks would not relinquish the lead.
Loyd and Alysha Clark both crossed the 200 career three-point field goal threshold on the night as the Storm rained down 10 triples.
Wrapping up the 2019 regular season in Dallas, Seattle will go for the regular-season series sweep against the Wings after securing double-digit wins in their first two contests in the Pacific Northwest. Dallas is 2-15 on the road, but 8-8 at home.
In their first meeting on July 12 at Alaska Airlines Arena, the Storm held off a late Dallas surge led by Rookie of the Year candidate Arike Ogunbowale, who poured in 23 points after a scoreless first half. The Wings shot 53.4 percent from the floor, including a 63.2 percent clip from the three-point line. Both marks remain season highs for the Wings.
In their second meeting on Aug. 8 in Everett, Wash., Howard swiped a career-high six steals to go with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jordin Canada contributed 18 points, then a season high. Seattle’s defense allowed just 19 points in the second half to overtake the Wings, 69-57.
The Wings are coming off an 86-73 road loss to the No. 1 Washington Mystics. Ogunbowale recorded her fourth consecutive 30-point game and Isabelle Harrison added 15 points and eight rebounds for Dallas.
The Wings compiled a strong second half but could not overcome a 22-point deficit as Elena Delle Donne poured in 12 of her 16 points into the final 20 minutes.
The Storm will face the Minnesota Lynx in the first single-elimination round on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Seattle needs a win over Dallas and a Minnesota road loss at Los Angeles on Sunday in order to host the playoff game at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash.