By Wyatt Yearout
The No. 1 Seattle Storm looks to extend its winning streak to a season-best six games as the team takes on the Washington Mystics on Thursday at Capitol One Arena. Tip-off is set for 8:30 a.m./PT.
HOME TEAM: Washington Mystics (18-11)
VISITING TEAM: Seattle Storm (23-7)
TIP-OFF: 8:30 a.m./PT
LAST TIME OUT
Strong bench play combined with great ball movement led to Seattle defeating the Indiana Fever 94-79 in its last contest on Tuesday. With the victory, Seattle secured its best road record in franchise history with 12 wins.
Natasha Howard led the way with 19 points, eight rebounds and a career-high-tying four assists.
Breanna Stewart posted her seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Sue Bird tallied 16 points and eight assists, and she logged 22 minutes to become the league’s all-time leader in career minutes, passing Tina Thompson (16,088).
The Storm owns a 22-15 all-time advantage over the Mystics. Seattle claimed the first two matchups of the season, winning 81-77 on May 29 and 97-91 on July 8, both of which were won in the Emerald City.
The Mystics have won two-straight games when hosting the Storm in D.C. The last Seattle victory at Washington came on Sept. 9, 2016, when the Storm defeated the Mystics 81-76.
If the Storm wins, it will mark the fifth season-series sweep over the Mystics in franchise history. Seattle also swept Washington in 2014 (2-0), 2012 (2-0), 2011 (2-0), 2006 (2-0), 2003 (1-0) and 2002 (1-0).
The Mystics are 18-11 on the season, currently sitting in the No. 3 seed with five games remaining.
Washington defeated the Phoenix Mercury 103-98 in its last contest on Aug. 7. Elena Delle Donne led the way for the Mystics in that game with 30 points.
Delle Donne leads the Mystics on the season, posting 20.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
The Storm closes out its 2018 regular season road slate on Sunday against the Minnesota Lynx at the Target Center, with tip-off set for 4 p.m./PT.