BY SPNW Staff 11:06AM 08/26/2012

3-game home losing streak vexes Storm

Game: New York Liberty (9-14) at Seattle Storm (10-13). When: 6 p.m. Sunday. Where: KeyArena. Meeting: New York, 1-0. TV: None. Radio: 1090 AM

After the Olympic break, the Storm looked at a seven-game homestand as a way to bust a move in the WNBA’s Western Conference playoff order.

Still might happen. Not so far.

The Storm dropped the first three home games since the post-Olympic break. The foes had winning records, and the Storm remain in a struggle to get Olympians Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson back to health and high energy.

Still, the Storm haven’t loss three in a row at home since their inaugural year of of 2000, when they finished 6-26. The Storm is hoping Bird and Jackson have shaken their post-Olympics slows, and expect to have back Tina Thompson, who has missed the last two games with a knee sprain. Ann Wauters remains out with an Achilles tear.

Sunday night, they may catch a break with the New York Liberty a team with a 9-14 record that had to play in Los Angeles Saturday night, where they lost to the Sparks 87-62, their ninth win in a row.

Sunday is the third game in a four-day Western road trip for the Liberty, which led by 5-9 guard Cappie Pondexter, who is averaging 20.8 ppg. She had 20 against LA, and Plenette Pierson added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Coaches: Brian Agler is in his fifth season with the Storm. John Whisenhunt is in his second year as coach and GM of the Liberty. In 2005 he won a WNBA championship with the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs.

SEATTLE STORM 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS

Date Opponent W/L Score Rec.
5/18/12 vs. Los Angeles L 66-72 0-1
5/22/12 at Los Angeles L 61-74 0-2
5/27/12 at Minnesota L 71-84 0-3
6/1/12 vs. Tulsa W 76-58 1-3
6/3/12 at Los Angeles L 65-67 1-4
6/6/12 at Minnesota L 55-79 1-5
6/9/12 at San Antonio L 67-80 1-6
6/13/12 at Chicago L 58-74 1-7
6/15/12 at Tulsa W 86-73 2-7
6/17/12 vs. Minnesota W 65-62 3-7
6/22/12 vs. San Antonio W 82-76 4-7
6/24/12 vs. Washington W 72-55 5-7
6/26/12 at Washington W 79-71 6-7
6/30/12 at New York L 59-77 6-8
7/1/12 at Connecticut W 89-83 7-8
7/7/12 at Los Angeles L 59-83 7-9
7/8/12 vs. Phoenix W 83-68 8-9
7/11/12 vs. Atlanta L 59-70 8-10
7/13/12 at Phoenix W 83-64 9-10
8/16/12 vs. Phoenix W 72-58 10-10
8/18/12 vs. Los Angeles L 71-82 10-11
8/21/12 vs. Minnesota L 73-86 10-12
8/23/12 vs. Indiana L 66-68 10-13
8/26/12 vs. New York
8/30/12 vs. Phoenix
9/6/12 vs. Tulsa
9/8/12 at Tulsa
9/11/12 at Atlanta
9/12/12 at Indiana
9/14/12 at San Antonio
9/16/12 vs. Connecticut
9/18/12 vs. Chicago
9/21/12 vs. San Antonio
9/23/12 at Phoenix

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