Game: Seattle Storm (1-3) at Los Angeles Sparks (4-1) When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Where: The Staples Center Meeting: third (Parks lead 2-0) TV: Kong 6/16
The Storm will try to build off an encouraging home win when it begins a season-long five-game road trip Sunday against the Los Angeles Sparks. Meeting for the third time in five games, Seattle will try to limit former WNBA MVP Candace Parker and Kristi Toliver to avoid their third loss in as many games to their Western Conference rival.
The Storm must also erase memories of a dramatic 72-66 loss to the Sparks in its season opener. Seattle blew a 21-point lead late in the second half as Toliver sealed the game with a trey from the top of the key with under a minute remaining.
Fresh off a defensive performance that limited the Tulsa Shock to just 28 percent shooting, Brian Agler’s squad will be faced with containing WNBA No. 1 pick Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Ogwumike was named WNBA Rookie of the Month in May, leading her draft class with 13.8 ppg on nearly 60 percent shooting.
The Storm also will likely to try ramp up the defensive pressure against Toliver. The LA point guard committed a WNBA record 14 turnovers before knocking in a three at the buzzer to beat Tulsa Friday.
Storm center Ann Wauters will need to regain her shooting touch after scoring just two points against Tulsa after averaging 15 through the team’s first three games. Meanwhile, look for Sue Bird to continue her recent hot perimeter shooting against an LA team that allows opponents to drain 40 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Coaches: Brian Agler is in his fifth season with the Storm. LA’s Carol Ross is in her first season with the club.
Coming Up: The Storm head back to Minnesota to take on the Lynx Wednesday.
SEATTLE STORM 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|5/18/12||vs. Los Angeles||L||66-72||0-1|
|5/22/12||at Los Angeles||L||74-61||0-2|
|6/3/12||at Los Angeles||—||—||—|
|6/9/12||at San Antonio||—||—||—|
|6/22/12||vs. San Antonio||—||—||—|
|6/30/12||at New York||—||—||—|
|7/7/12||at Los Angeles||—||—||—|
|8/18/12||vs. Los Angeles||—||—||—|
|8/26/12||vs. New York||—||—||—|
|9/14/12||at San Antonio||—||—||—|
|9/21/12||vs. San Antonio||—||—||—|