Game Preview: Chicago Sky (June 8, 2019)

June 8, 2019

After handing the Minnesota Lynx its first loss of the season, the Storm embarks on a four-game road series with visits to Chicago, Indiana, Washington and Connecticut.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Storm fans can watch Sunday’s Storm game at Chicago on NBATV or on leaguepass.wnba.com. Fans can also follow live stats at StormBasketball.com, or on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.

LAST TIME OUT

The Storm (3-2) improved to 2-0 at Angel of the Winds Arena as it took down the previously undefeated Minnesota Lynx (3-1) with an 84-77 on Wednesday. Seattle shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three-point range to help overcome 24 points allowed off 20 turnovers.

Jewell Loyd led the Storm in scoring with 19 points, while Alysha Clark and WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week Natasha Howard combined for 28 points and 11 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass. Jordin Canada contributed on both ends of the court with a career-high 17 points, seven assists and three steals, including two spectacular defensive plays in clutch time.

The Storm entered the second half with a 10-point advantage but saw its lead evaporate as it struggled to slow down Napheesa Collier and Damiris Dantas, who combined for 25 points over the final 20 minutes. On the contrary, 2017 WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles was held to just two points and one rebound after the intermission after she started hot with 14 points in the first half.

SERIES HISTORY

Playing on the second night of back-to-back road games, Seattle suffered an 83-79 loss to Chicago on June 1. Natasha Howard finished with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Illinois native Jewell Loyd, recorded 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Allie Quigley tallied a game-high 25 points for Chicago and Diamond DeShields poured in 21 points. Courtney Vandersloot was untouchable in the final minute, scoring four unanswered points to lead the Sky to victory.

SCOUTING CHICAGO

The Sky returns home on the heels of a 103-85 loss to the Washington Mystics. Diamond DeShields paced the team with 24 points, while Stefanie Dolson and Jantel Lavender were strong off the glass with a combined 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Allie Quigley was held scoreless all night, shooting 0-for-6 from the field. Cheyenne Parker came off the bench to lead the reserves with 14 points, shooting 5-for-7, grabbing four rebounds and three blocked shots.

UP NEXT

The Storm heads to Indiana to face the Fever, Tuesday, June 11 at 4 p.m. PT before a 2018 WNBA Finals rematch on the road against the Washington Mystics on Friday, June 14 at 4 p.m. PT.