HOW TO WATCH
Wednesday’s game against the Washington Mystics will be televised on CBS Sports Network at 5 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow live stats at StormBasketball.com or on Twitter by following @Seattlestorm.
LAST TIME OUT
The Seattle Storm defeated the New York Liberty, 84-69, on Sunday at the Barclays Center. For the second time this season, Alysha Clark was perfect from the field, going 7-for-7 for a season-high 21 points. Sami Whitcomb also posted a season-best 18 points with four buckets from beyond the arc.
Seattle initially struggled to contain Tina Charles, who led the Liberty with 20 points in the first half. After 12 lead changes in the first 20 minutes, the Storm entered the locker room within one possession of New York.
Coming out of the break, the Storm started 6-for-7 from the field to reclaim the lead with a 15-4 run. Clark converted on back-to-back steals as part of a later 10-0 run. Seattle continued to punish New York for mistakes, netting 15 points off nine turnovers in the period.
After Jewell Loyd’s layup gave Seattle a game-high 17 points early in the fourth, New York forward Bria Hartley caught fire with consecutive baskets from deep. Whitcomb hit her fourth 3-pointer of the night to extinguish Hartley’s 8-0 run, and Seattle held New York scoreless in the final four minutes.
Seattle is headed to the nation’s capital for the final regular-season installment of the 2018 Finals rematch. The series is tied at one apiece with each team prevailing on the road. In the first contest on June 14, the Storm came away with a 74-71 victory despite losing Jordin Canada to a knee contusion late in the first half. Washington played more than 30 minutes without Kristi Toliver, who was ejected after receiving her second technical foul in the first quarter.
Down by 11 to start the fourth, Seattle used an 8-0 run – including six consecutive points from Natasha Howard – to get within one possession of the Mystics. With 8.6 seconds left in regulation, Howard drove in from the left and kicked it out to Loyd, who sank the go-ahead jumper from 18 feet.
The Mystics got revenge on Aug. 2 in Everett, Wash., with a 99-79 wire-to-wire victory. Elena Delle Donne led the Mystics with a double-double putting up 29 points and 13 rebounds. Washington did most of its damage from beyond the arc, matching its season high with 13 3-pointers. Howard tallied 26 points and six rebounds but was the only Storm player to score double figures.
The Mystics have won three in a row after a convincing 101-78 win Sunday against the Minnesota Lynx. Emma Meeseman came off the bench for a season-high 25 points shooting 9-for-13, and Eastern Conference Player of the Week Elena Delle Donne added a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Washington shot nearly 60 percent in the half and maintained a double-digit advantage for the final 20 minutes.
The Storm will round out its three-game east coast road trip at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Connecticut Sun on Friday, August 16 at 4:30 p.m. PT.