PREVIEW: Washington Mystics (May 29)

By Seth Dahle

Currently riding a three-game winning streak, the Seattle Storm will return to the Emerald City to take on unbeaten Washington on Tuesday night, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. PT.

 

HOW TO FOLLOW

Fans can watch the game on both JOEtv and Twitter, and live stats are available at StormBasketball.com. Live updates will also be provided on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Seattle improved to 3-1 with a 105-98 win over Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Breanna Stewart (23), Natasha Howard (21) and Jewell Loyd (20) each scored over 20 points and led the way offensively, as the Storm shot a season-best 52.2 percent (36-for-69) from the floor, including 46.2 percent (12-for-26) from downtown.

Trailing by six in the first stanza, the Storm used a 15-0 run to take the lead for good and ultimately led by as many as 19 (59-40) in the third quarter after a bucket by Sue Bird with 8:26 left to play.

Las Vegas cut it to four (98-94) late, but a Bird three-pointer with 33.7 seconds left kept the Aces at bay.

 

STORM SNIPPETS

  • Seattle is enjoying a 3-1 start for the second straight season.
  • The Storm shot a season-best 52.2 percent (36-for-69) and drained a season-high 12 three-pointers en route to defeating Las Vegas on the road.
  • Seattle had a season-high 25 dimes on Sunday at Las Vegas, nine of which came from Loyd.

 

SCOUTING WASHINGTON

The Mystics are off to their first 4-0 start in franchise history.

Led by Kristi Toliver’s 19 points and the team’s 15 three-pointers, Washington took down the defending champion Minnesota Lynx, 90-78, on Sunday at home. The Mystics erased a 26-11 first quarter deficit and outscored the Lynx 79-52 in the final three quarters. Elena Delle Donne (illness) missed nearly the entire final three quarters of the game, yet the team was able to pull off the victory.

Washington averages 85 points per game and has been led by Delle Donne’s 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.

 

SERIES HISTORY

The Storm is 20-15 all-time against Washington but owns a 14-4 advantage at KeyArena. Seattle has taken 12 of the last 13 meetings against the Mystics at home, a hot streak dating back to 2006.

 

UP NEXT

Seattle hosts No. 1 overall draft pick A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT.