Friday, June 10 – 4 p.m. PT
Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, CT
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Connecticut (1-7) is off to its worst start in franchise history. The Sun sits at the bottom of the league standings and is currently on a six-game losing streak. Seattle is looking to bounce back from last Sunday’s home loss to New York, which put the Storm at 3-5 on the season. Both teams have had four days off between games.
The Storm is 10-15 all-time against the Sun, including a 3-10 record on the road. In the first meeting this season, Jewell Loyd scored 26 points to guide Seattle to a 93-81 win on May 28 at KeyArena. The Storm shot a season-high 56.1 percent from the field, and its first quarter (28) and third quarter (31) were the two highest-scoring quarters of the season. Crystal Langhorne shot 8-for-8 from the field on her way to a season-high 18 points, and all five Storm starters reached double figures.
Connecticut ranks second-to-last in points per game (76.9), third-to-last in points allowed per game (85.6) and third worst in rebounding percentage (.491). The Sun scores the most fast break points per game at 14.5 on average, while Seattle yields the fewest at 6.9 opponent fast break points per contest.
In its first six games, the Storm averaged 15.2 assists per night and had more turnovers than assists on four occasions, averaging 17.3 giveaways per game. The last two outings have been a completely different story: Seattle posted 25 assists and 10 turnovers against Phoenix last Friday, then had 23 assists and seven turnovers on Sunday in a narrow loss to New York.
By the numbers, 35-year-old point guard Sue Bird has been even more dominant this year than her previous couple of seasons. Her 12.6 points per game are the two-time champion’s most since 2011, while her 5.8 assists per contest are the most since the 2010 title-winning season. With 2.32 assists for every turnover, Bird boasts her best assist-to-turnover ratio since 2012. Her 44.2 percent shooting, 40.6 percent from the three-point line and 87 percent on free throws are also personal bests since 2012.
The last time these teams met, center Kelsey Bone was a focal point of the Sun’s offense, finishing with 14 points on 19 shots (nine more attempts than any teammate). The 2015 WNBA Most Improved Player, Bone will be defended by rookie Breanna Stewart, who is already among the most effective defensive players in the league. Stewart ranks third in the league with 9.9 rebounds per game and tied for fourth with 2.0 blocks per game.
- Friday’s game marks forward Breanna Stewart’s first in the state of Connecticut as a professional. After routinely attending Connecticut Sun games during her four years at UConn, Stewart will be looking to help her team pick up its second victory over the Sun in as many games this season. Friday’s contest also features the second matchup between Stewart and Sun forward Morgan Tuck, who won all four of those titles alongside her.
- The matchup with Connecticut is the first of four road games in seven days for Seattle. Following Friday’s game, the Storm battles Indiana on Sunday, San Antonio the following Tuesday and Dallas on Thursday. Seattle then hosts Minnesota on June 19.