Game Preview: Seattle Storm vs. Washington Mystics

HOW TO WATCH
The Storm tips off against the Washington Mystics on Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@seattlestorm) or by visiting StormBasketball.com.
 
GAME PREVIEW
Two of the WNBA’s three remaining undefeated teams will meet tomorrow as the Seattle Storm (2-0) and Washington Mystics (2-0) square off at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.
 
Breanna Stewart will face the Mystics for the first time since being crowned 2018 Finals MVP. She averaged 25.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and shot 54.5% from three-point range in the Storm’s 3-game sweep.
 
Despite missing 2019 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, the Mystics have jumped out to a 2-0 start with wins over the Indiana Fever and Connecticut Sun.  Aerial Powers and Myshia Hines-Allen have combined for nearly half of Washington’s scoring output while 2019 Finals MVP Emma Meesseman has contributed 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
 
After leading the league in scoring defense last season, Storm head coach Gary Kloppenburg’s defense is once again rolling. Through the team’s first two matchups, the Storm has conceded a league-best 68.5 points per game and held opponents to 34.4% shooting.
 
In Tuesday’s 90-66 victory over Minnesota, Seattle’s backcourt lit up the scoreboard led by veteran point guard Sue Bird, who drained 6-of-9 attempts – including four three-pointers – for 16 points. Jewell Loyd  and reserve Jordin Canada combined for 17 points and 11 assists. From 11-year veteran Epiphanny Prince to 20-year old rookie Ezi Magbegor, each player to come off the Storm bench found the basket for a total of 34 points in the Storm’s win.
 
STAT TO KNOW
Seattle looks to lock in its first 3-0 start since the franchise’s 2010 title-winning season. A win would also give the Storm its 350th victory in franchise history. 
 
FROM THE VAULT
On Sept. 12, 2018, Natasha Howard poured in 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Storm’s title-clinching Game 3 of the WNBA Finals vs. Washington.
 
UP NEXT
Playing its third game in five days, the Storm will take on the Los Angeles Sparks at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and JOEtv.