By Wyatt Yearout
Seattle has its first chance to close out the WNBA Finals and win its third championship in franchise history, as the Storm battles the Washington Mystics on Wednesday in Fairfax, Va. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m./PT at EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.
HOME TEAM: Seattle Storm
AWAY TEAM: Washington Mystics
TIP-OFF: 5 p.m./PT
SERIES COUNT: Seattle leads series 2-0
LAST TIME OUT
Seattle took down Washington by just two points in a Game 2 thriller, winning 75-73, on Sept. 9 in the Emerald City.
Breanna Stewart posted 25 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Storm.
Seattle’s defensive effort was key in the victory, as the Storm owned a 36-26 advantage on the glass and forced the Mystics to go 0-for-16 from three-point land.
Seattle defeated the Mystics in Game 1 by a final margin of 89-76. Jewell Loyd posted a game-high 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting. Seattle shot 54.7 percent and outscored Washington in the paint, 50-32.
Washington has won two-straight games when hosting the Storm. The last Seattle victory at Washington came on Sept. 9, 2016, when the Storm defeated the Mystics, 81-76.
The Storm owns a 22-16 all-time advantage over the Mystics. Washington won the last regular season game against the Storm on Aug. 9 by a final margin of 100-77. Seattle won the first two matchups of the season, winning 81-77 on May 29 and 97-91 on July 8.
WASHINGTON IN GAME 2
Elena Delle Donne posted 17 points for the Mystics in Game 3, while Kristi Toliver and Ariel Atkins each chipped in 15 points as well. The six other Washington players that played were held to a combined 26 points.
The Storm confined the Mystics to 40.8 percent shooting on the game.
Seattle will secure its third championship in franchise history with a victory. If the Storm loses, the team will be back in action on Friday, with a 5 p.m./PT tip-off in Fairfax, VA.