Game Preview: Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx

HOW TO WATCH
On Tuesday, July 28, the Seattle Storm will face Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx at 10 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and JOEtv. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@seattlestorm) or by visiting StormBasketball.com.

GAME PREVIEW
The condensed WNBA season continues for the Seattle Storm as the team faces the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday, July 28. Seattle enters the matchup seeking a fourth consecutive head-to-head regular season win over the four-time champions.

Both teams came away with season-opening wins after the Storm defeated the Liberty 87-71 and Minnesota came from behind for a 77-69 win over the Connecticut Sun.

Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx with 17 points and 18 rebounds to secure the comeback for the Lynx. Despite missing Odyssey Sims this season, Minnesota proves to still be formidable opponent with 2019 Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier contributing across the board.

The Storm and the Lynx have recent history — Seattle knocked Minnesota out of the first round of the playoffs last season with an 84-74 victory at Angel of the Winds Arena. Jordin Canada led the team with a career-high 26 points.

On Saturday, the Storm celebrated the long-awaited returns of Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart. Stewart finished the game with a team-high 18 points, four steals, eight rebounds, while Bird came away with 11 points and five assists. Jewell Loyd also showed up for the Storm with 14 points.

STAT TO KNOW
In Seattle’s 2020 season opener against the Liberty, the Storm starting five played just over 12 minutes together, outscoring New York by six and forcing nine turnovers in that span. No other Storm lineup shared the floor for more than four minutes on Saturday.

FROM THE VAULT
Since she was traded to the Storm by Minnesota, Natasha Howard has been named the league’s Most Improved Player (2018) and Defensive Player of the Year (2019). Last season Howard put up a career-high 33 points on July 17 in Minnesota, lifting the Storm to its first of three consecutive regular season wins over the Lynx. Howard also dished out a career-high six assists in the Storm’s first round playoff win over Minnesota on Sept. 11.

UP NEXT
After battling Minnesota, Seattle will take on the 2019 WNBA champion Washington Mystics on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Storm then gears up for a 2019 second-round playoff rematch vs. the Los Angeles Sparks. Tip-off is schedule for 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network/JOEtv.