PREVIEW: Atlanta Dream
Sept. 1, 2019
HOW TO WATCH
Sunday’s game at Alaska Airlines Arena against the Atlanta Dream will be telecast on NBA TV and locally on JOEtv beginning at 4 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow live stats at StormBasketball.com, or on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.
LAST TIME OUT
On Tuesday, Jewell Loyd scored 18 points and the Storm drained 11 shots from 3-point range, but Seattle failed to slow down the Connecticut Sun for the third time this season, falling 89-70.
Turnovers, which had cost the Storm 28 points last time out against the Sun, proved once again to be a source of frustration, as Seattle allowed 20 points off miscues. Seattle was also rocky at the foul line, making just one of its first seven attempts until Courtney Paris converted a missed free throw into an and-one play to finish the first half within eight of the Sun.
The Sun cracked the game wide open in the third quarter with help from Alyssa Thomas, who nearly outscored the Storm by herself with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the frame. The 2019 WNBA All-Star finished the game with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
With the loss, Seattle is 15-15 on the season. The Storm has not fallen below .500 at any point.
The Storm and Dream split the first two contests of the 2019 regular-season series, with each team winning on the road. Playing in the first of back-to-back road games, Seattle secured an 82-66 win in Atlanta on May 31. Natasha Howard notched a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Jordin Canada added 12 points and seven rebounds. Alysha Clark came off the bench for 11 points and five rebounds in her 2019 WNBA debut.
On July 5, Atlanta handed the Storm its third straight home loss with a 77-66 defeat. The Storm opened the game with an 11-0 stretch, fueled by nine points from Howard. Elizabeth Williams made the first bucket for Atlanta at the 6:17 mark as the Dream responded with an 11-0 run to overtake the Storm heading into the second quarter. Atlanta pushed the lead to as many as 21 in the final frame as four starters finished in double figures, led by Tiffany Hayes with 20.
Howard led the Storm with 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, and Canada followed with 15 points, including nine in the final three minutes.
The Atlanta Dream is coming off a 65-58 loss at home on Thursday against the Phoenix Mercury. The Dream’s starting backcourt of Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes combined for 34 points while Jessica Breland pulled down 11 rebounds, but the Dream struggled to contain Brittney Griner, whose night included 21 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals. Though WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi was held scoreless, the veteran guard dished out a game-best eight assists.
Though Phoenix led wire to wire, Atlanta got within one possession of the Mercury with 20.1 seconds left on a 3-pointer from Montgomery. However, Phoenix went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the waning moments to clinch a playoff berth.
The Storm rounds out the regular season with a three-game road trip beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3 against the Phoenix Mercury. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. PT on ESPN2.