Preview: Minnesota | August 18, 2019

August 18, 2019

HOW TO WATCH

The Storm returns to Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday to host the Minnesota Lynx. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. PT on JOEtv and WNBA League Pass. Fans can follow live stats at stormbasketball.com or on Twitter by following @seattlestorm.

LAST TIME OUT

The Storm couldn’t subdue a late Connecticut rally on Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena, falling to the Sun, 79-78. Shekinna Stricklen made a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds left in regulation to put Connecticut ahead, and Alyssa Thomas swiped Seattle’s final possession out of a timeout to seal the one-point victory.

Natasha Howard notched her eighth double-double this season with 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks, and Jewell Loyd came off the bench for 15 points and four assists in 30 minutes of action.

A 12-0 run to start the second quarter gave Seattle a lead that it would not relinquish until the waning moments of the game. Sticklen led a 10-2 run to end the third quarter, putting Connecticut within five of the Storm. Eleven turnovers cost Seattle 12 points in the fourth quarter.

SERIES HISTORY

After dropping the first meeting of the year, the Storm has won the last two contests against the Lynx, including a wire-to-wire victory on July 17 at Target Center. Natasha Howard recorded a career-high 33 points against her former squad and Sami Whitcomb drained five 3-pointers for 15 points. After trailing by as many as 21 in the third quarter, the Lynx came within one point with under three minutes to play, but Seattle went on a 10-0 run to end the game.

Seattle’s first win against the Lynx came in Everett, Wash., on June 4. The Storm shot a season-best 59.3 percent from the field and four starters scored in double-figures, paced by Jordin Canada with 17 points and seven assists. Facing the WNBA No. 4 all-time rebounder Sylvia Fowles, Seattle held Minnesota to just 17 boards and outscored the Lynx in the paint, 36-28.

SCOUTING MINNESOTA

The Minnesota Lynx fell at home, 86-79, to the Washington Mystics on Friday. Four Lynx starters cracked double-figures, led by Sylvia Fowles with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Rookie of the Year candidate Napheesa Collier contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists in the loss, which sealed a playoff berth for the Mystics.

Minnesota entered the final frame with a six-point lead, but Washington rallied in the fourth quarter for 30 points on 50 percent shooting.

UP NEXT

The Storm return to action on Sunday, Aug. 25, seeking to sweep the Indiana Fever for the second straight season. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. PT and will be telecast on JOEtv