Game Preview: Atlanta (July 5, 2019)

HOW TO WATCH
Friday’s game against the Atlanta Dream will be locally broadcasted on JOEtv at 7 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow live stats at StormBasketball.com, or on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.
LAST TIME OUT
The Seattle Storm is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since 2017 after falling 84-83 to the New York Liberty at home on Wednesday. Mercedes Russell recorded a career-high 19 points, but Tina Charles and Kia Nurse combined for 50 of the Liberty’s total points.
The matchup saw 19 lead changes, including 111 in the final 6 minutes of the game. The Storm entered the final frame with a 10-point lead, but the Liberty opened the fourth with a 10-0 run to tie the game with 7:01 remaining. Teetering between a one-point lead, Charles put up 11 of New York’s 19 fourth quarter points, including the go-ahead hook shot with 1:01 left to play.
The Storm fought in the final minute, but with 25.7 seconds left, Jordin Canada was unable to connect from deep, and Alysha Clark’sputback attempt rolled off the rim.
SERIES HISTORY
Playing in the first of back-to-back road games, Seattle secured an 82-66 win in Atlanta to improve to 13-13 all-time against the Dream.  
The Storm led 45-27 at halftime and never looked back, fueled by a strong performance from Natasha Howard, who recorded her second double-double in three games with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Jordin Canada added 12 points and seven assists and Alysha Clark made her 2019 WNBA debut with 11 points and five rebounds.
SCOUTING ATLANTA
The Atlanta Dream couldn’t keep up with the Minnesota Lynx in an 85-68 road loss on Tuesday. Elizabeth Williams paced the team with 14 points and Alex Bentley added 10 points and five assists off the bench.
The Dream trailed close behind the Lynx in the first half, entering the break within four points of the four-time WNBA champions. However, Minnesota picked up the pace in the second half with a 16-5 run as Odyssey Sims poured 10 of her 16 points into the third quarter. The Lynx ultimately pushed their lead to as many as 21 points in the final frame with the help of Stephanie Talbot, who scored 11 of Minnesota’s fourth-quarter points.
 
UP NEXT
The Seattle Storm host the Dallas Wings on Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. PT at the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena.