By Matthew Roberson
The Seattle Storm is set to begin a trio of road games on Tuesday, June 6, when it takes on Kelsey Plum and the San Antonio Stars at the AT&T Center. The game will tipoff at 5 p.m. PDT.
Seattle is coming off a 100-77 loss to the undefeated Minnesota Lynx on Saturday, June 3. The loss marked the first time the Storm had allowed 100 points in a game since a May 2013 contest against the Los Angeles Sparks. Alysha Clark and Crystal Langhorne were the leading scorers against the Lynx. Both players contributed 16 points.
Storm head coach Jenny Boucek praised the Lynx for their performance while offering an honest assessment of her own team.
“They came out at a very high level,” said Boucek. “They came out determined to show they’re number one for a reason. And we came out flat.”
The loss at home to Minnesota dropped Seattle’s record to 4-2 and gave the Storm its first loss of the season at KeyArena. Seattle will enter play on Tuesday against San Antonio averaging 82.3 points per game while shooting 49.2 percent from the field, placing it in the top five of the league in both categories.
AT A GLANCE: STARS
San Antonio currently sits 12th in the Associated Press (AP) Power Poll for the second straight week. The Stars are still searching for their first win of the season after suffering seven straight losses to begin 2017.
In its most recent outing, San Antonio was dealt an 85-77 loss by the Connecticut Sun. Kayla McBride was one of the lone bright spots for the team, scoring 27 points and draining four three-pointers in the losing effort.
Offense has been a struggle thus far for San Antonio. It is currently last in the WNBA with 72.1 points per game. The team also leads the WNBA in turnovers, giving the ball away 18.4 times per game.
Plum, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women’s basketball history and former University of Washington standout, is averaging 4.8 points and 2.3 assists per game in her rookie season.
Seattle leads the all-time series, 35-29, including a 22-11 mark at KeyArena. The Storm has gone 13-18 on the road against the Stars.
In 2016, Seattle went 2-1 vs. San Antonio and is currently riding a two-game winning streak. The last meeting saw the Storm come away with an 83-69 victory at KeyArena. Loyd tossed in a team-high 25 points, while Stewart added 22 points and six boards. The Storm outscored the Stars by 11 in the second half and used a 16-0 run to lead by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.