Game Preview: Indiana, June 23, 2019

HOW TO WATCH

Sunday’s game against the Indiana Fever will be streamed on leaguepass.wnba.com and will be locally broadcasted on JOEtv. Fans can also follow live stats at StormBasketball.com, or on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.

LAST TIME OUT

With the return of head coach Dan Hughes to the sideline, the Seattle Storm (6-4) defeated the Los Angeles Sparks (4-5) on Friday in Everett, Wash., 84-62. The Storm connected on 14 shots from behind the arc including a career-best five three-pointers from Jewell Loyd, who finished the night with a season-high 23 points.

Loyd poured in the first 11 points for the Storm and Natasha Howard scored the next seven a Seattle pulled ahead of Los Angeles, which had opened with a 10-3 run.

The Storm carried a 12-point lead into the half and managed to hold the Sparks to only four points in the first six minutes of the third and push its lead to 20 points.

Seattle’s bench took over in the final frame as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Crystal Langhorne contributed eight points each and Seattle cruised to its largest win of the season.

The Sparks were led by Nneka Ogwumike with 10 points, followed by Alana Beard who had eight points in her first game since the Sparks’ opener. In her second game returning from a hamstring injury, Candace Parker was held to two points while the bench accounted for nearly half of the Sparks’ points,

SERIES HISTORY

Seattle is seeking its second win over the Indiana Fever this season after the Storm edged out Indianapolis, 84-82, in the waning moments at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on June 11. Jewell Loyd finished with 18 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter, including the three free throws in the final 25 seconds to put the Storm ahead. Natasha Howard posted a career-high 26 points fell just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds.

The Storm is 13-6 all-time at home against the Fever and has won six of the last seven contests overall.

SCOUTING INDIANA

The Indiana Fever (5-5) is coming off an 76-69 victory at the Wintrust Arena against the Chicago Sky (5-3).

Erica Wheeler paced the Fever with a season-high 28 points, shooting 6-for-8 from behind the arc with eight assists. Candice Dupree recorded her third double-double on the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Tiffany Mitchell came off the bench to lead all reserves with 13 points.

Despite a close first half of play, the Fever pulled ahead to double-digits in the opening minutes of the second half. Going 16-5, Indiana pushed its lead to 20 points with 3:07 remaining in the third, forcing a Chicago timeout. The Sky responded with a 10-0 run starting at the 2:43 mark to get within 10 points of the Fever heading into the break.

Although Chicago came within one possession with 20.9 seconds remaining, Allie Quigley and Diamond DeShields were unable to connect from the field as Wheeler hit four free throws to solidify Indiana’s 76-69 victory.

UP NEXT

After hosting the Fever at Alaska Airlines Arena at the University of Washington, the Storm heads to Las Vegas to face the Aces on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. PT.