By Wyatt Yearout
The Seattle Storm will be looking for its third straight win as they battle the Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday at KeyArena, with tip-off set for 7 p.m./PT.
HOME TEAM: Seattle Storm (8-3)
VISITING TEAM: Las Vegas Aces (3-9)
TIP-OFF: 7 p.m./PT
HOW TO FOLLOW
LAST TIME OUT
In its last game, the Seattle Storm took down the top-ranked Connecticut Sun, 103-92.
Seattle jumped out to a quick lead that extended to as much as 16 points in the first half. The Sun fought hard to cut the lead to just two on multiple occasions, but the Storm held the visitors at bay. Seattle knocked down big shots throughout the fourth quarter, hindering any potential runs from the Sun.
Natasha Howard led the way with a with a career-high 25 points, including two three-pointers which also marked a career best.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis chipped in 18 points off the bench, just one shy of her career-high.
Seattle will be aiming for its fifth-straight home win against the Aces (previously the Stars). The franchise has not won at KeyArena since 9/13/15, where San Antonio defeated Seattle, 59-58.
This marks the third and final matchup this season between the two teams. Seattle spoiled the Aces home opener back on May 27, winning 105-98, marking the highest scoring output from the Storm this season. The Storm also defeated the Aces at home on May 31 by a final score of 101-74.
The Storm faced the Stars (team relocated from San Antonio) four times last season, boasting a 3-1 record vs the team. The Storm won both home contests against the Stars and went 1-1 in the two games on the road in San Antonio.
If Seattle defeats the Aces, it will be the first time they sweep the franchise since the 2010 season, where the Storm won all three matchups with the San Antonio Stars.
SCOUTING LAS VEGAS
The Aces are 3-9 on the season, dropping its last matchup against the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday by a final score of 92-80. A’ja Wilson led the way for the Aces in that game with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Wilson leads the Aces on the season. The 2018 No. 1 overall pick is posting averages of 20.5 points and 7.6 rebounds through 12 games in her rookie season.
Seattle will close out its five-game homestand on Friday, May 22 for Pride Tip-Off against the Indiana Fever. The action starts at 7 p.m./PT.