PREVIEW: DALLAS WINGS
Aug. 8, 2019
HOW TO WATCH
Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings will be contested at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. locally on JOEtv and nationally on NBA TV. Fans can also follow live stats at Stormbasketball.com, or on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.
LAST TIME OUT
The Storm looks to rebound after an 83-75 loss in Los Angeles on Sunday. Sami Whitcomb and Alysha Clark combined for eight of the Storm’s nine 3-pointers, but Candace Parker shined with a season-high 21 points.
Seattle found its groove early from 3-point range, but Parker dominated the paint until Chelsea Gray got the Sparks going from downtown.
Natasha Howard tallied seven first quarter points, but her time was limited after picking up her third foul two minutes into the second frame. Seattle was able to keep within one possession of the Sparks heading into the break.
The Storm opened the third period 1-for-8 from the field as Los Angeles climbed to a game-high 17-point advantage behind a strong second half from Maria Vadeeva in her second game since returning from overseas.
Whitcomb hit two 3-pointers to start the final 10 minutes, but Sparks rookie Marina Mabrey countered with 10 points off the bench. Howard and Clark finished the night with a 9-0 run to finish within eight points of the Sparks.
Nneka Ogwumike picked up her tenth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Vadeeva finished with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
The Storm snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-81 takedown of the Dallas Wings on July 12. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis came off the bench for a team-high 18 points and was one of five Storm players to crack double figures.
Dallas rookie standout Arike Ogunbowale scored all 23 of her points in the second half, knocking down 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc.
Seattle will wrap up the regular season on Sept. 8 on the road against Dallas.
The Wings fell just short of the Las Vegas Aces in a 75-70 loss on Saturday. Liz Cambage did not suit up against her former team due to rest. Arike Ogunbowale dropped a game-high 24 points shooting 4-for-4 from 3-point range.
After trailing by as many as nine points, Dallas caught up with the Aces in the third quarter with 15 points from Ogunbowale and another 10 from Kaela Davis. After Dallas briefly took the lead in halfway through the final frame, the Aces stormed back back with seven straight points, including five from 2019 No. 1 overall pick Jackie Young.
The Storm hits the road for a three-game east coast tour beginning in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday, August 11, on NBA TV.