Preview: Phoenix Mercury (Preseason)

May 14, 2019

The Seattle Storm tips off its 2019 preseason slate Wednesday night as the team hosts the Phoenix Mercury at 7 p.m. PT at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Live stream will not be available for Wednesday’s preseason game. Fans can follow live stats at StormBasketball.com, or on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.

LAST TIME OUT

The Storm returns from a successful 2018 season bringing home its third championship.

Due to the absence of head coach Dan Hughes, assistant coach Gary Kloppenburg will act as head coach for both preseason games. In addition, former Storm guard Noelle Quinn was named assistant coach for the 2019 season.

Seattle has added some new faces to the team including signing free agent guard Shavonte Zellous. Seattle also selected Mississippi State forward Anriel Howard in the second round of the 2019 WNBA Draft (No. 24 overall), and South Dakota State guard Macy Miller in the third round (No. 36 overall).

Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd will be returning after their successful 2018 campaign. Bird became the Storm’s all-time leading scorer on July 8 against the Washington Mystics, passing Lauren Jackson (6,007). Not only was she voted into her 11th WNBA All-Star appearance, she additionally broke the record for most WNBA regular-season games after her 500th start against the Atlanta Dream on July 22. Loyd earned her first WNBA All-Star appearance while averaging 15.5 PPG, and being a vital part of the Storms journey to their championship win.

Seattle finished 2018 with a 26-8 regular season record, earning the No. 1 overall seed in the conference-les playoffs. After surviving a winner-take-all Game 5 in the semifinals against the Phoenix Mercury, the Storm went on to sweep the WNBA Finals against the Washington Mystics, winning the third championship in franchise history.

STORM IN PRESEASON GAMES

The Storm has a 21-26 all-time preseason record, and a 7-5 record against the Mercury in preseason play. Last season, Seattle faced Phoenix twice in the preseason and won both contests behind stand out performances by the Storm’s 2018 first round draft pick Jordin Canada, who scored 17 points at home and 15 points away.

SCOUTING PHOENIX

Phoenix entered the 2019 season after a semifinals appearance against the Storm that marked the franchise’s sixth straight playoff bid.

The Mercury are coming off an 82-75 preseason win against the Los Angeles Sparks on May 11. DeWanna Bonner led with 20 points for Phoenix.

Mercury guard and WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi is ruled out for Wednesday’s matchup as she recovers procedure on her back. She is expected to return in seven to nine weeks.

 

UP NEXT

On Wednesday, the Storm will host the Phoenix Mercury at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash. to start the 2019 preseason before heading to Pasadena to face the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday, May 17.