Game: Seattle Storm (2-7) vs. Minnesota Lynx (10-0) When: 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Key Arena Meeting: Third TV: None
Victims of a rugged early-season schedule, the Seattle Storm return home to face the undefeated Minnesota Lynx. Fresh off its most efficient game of the season, the Storm will try to ride any momentum from its 86-73 triumph over the winless Tulsa Shock Friday night when it takes on a team with the best start in WNBA history.The Lynx is led by Seimone Augustus, whose 17.6 points per game paces a Lynx offense that scores more than 85 points a contest. Minnesota is connecting on more than 50 percent of its field goal attempts while beating opponents by nearly 15 points a game. To avoid its third loss to Minnesota in as many games, Seattle will need to limit a Lynx club averaging more than 36 rebounds a contest, nearly seven more than the opposition.
To offset Minnesota’s frontcourt advantage, Seattle also must carry Friday’s hot shooting into Sunday. Sue Bird connected on 9-of-12 shots while Tina Thompson drained all four three-point attempts. When the teams met May 27, Seattle knocked down a season-best 14 three-pointers while tying the franchise record. In two previous meetings, the reigning WNBA champions dominated the Storm in the paint. However, Seattle isn’t alone.
The best team in the WNBA hasn’t lost since a first-round WNBA playoff game against the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Coaches: Brian Agler is in his fifth season in Seattle. Cheryl Reeve is in her third season coaching the Lynx.
Coming Up: The Storm continue the homestand with a game Friday against the San Antonio Silver Stars.
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||L||65-67||1-4|
|6/9/12||at San Antonio||L||67-80||1-6|
|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||—||—||—|