6:00 p.m., Target Center
Where to Watch: ESPN 2
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM
The defending WNBA Champions will square off against the 10-15 Seattle Storm on Sunday night and will look to rebound from their last game which resulted in an ‘L.’
These two squads have faced one another three times so far this season, and it has been Minnesota who’s come out on top in each of their matchups.
After a 5-week Olympic break, the Storm defeated the now 21-4 Los Angeles Sparks at home, while Minnesota struggled hanging onto the basketball and lost to the Connecticut Sun on the road.
Despite the fact that the Lynx have dominated the season series up to this point, the phrase ‘any given Sunday’ was created for a reason. Before tuning in to tonight’s game on ESPN 2, be sure to keep these interesting tidbits in mind:
– If you’re looking to watch a game with sensational ball movement, you’re in luck. Minnesota and Seattle rank second and fourth in the league respectively in assists per game.
– Veteran guard Sue Bird has been playing extremely well this season for the Storm, averaging 12.6 points and six assists per game through 25 contests.
– One statistic Minnesota will have the clear advantage in is rebounding. Seattle ranks dead last in the league in hauling in boards, while the Lynx are third in that category, bringing in more than 35 rebounds a game.
– A scoring matchup to watch will be Maya Moore vs. Breanna Stewart. Both Olympians are having seasons to remember, averaging over 18 points per game.
Coming Off Of…
An impressive victory over the Sparks. Bird, Jewell Loyd and forward Crystal Langhorne combined for 46 points, 13 rebounds and 16 assists to lead Seattle past the number one seeded team in WNBA.
An unexpected loss to the Sun. Despite 16 points a piece for Lindsay Whalen and Sylvia Fowles, Connecticut’s defense was too much for Minnesota to overcome as the home team closed out the victory 84-80.
These two teams last battled it out in each of their last games before the Olympic break on July 22nd. Minnesota was the victor, 79-72, thanks to great performances from Maya Moore, 21 points, and Sylvia Fowles, 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Natasha Howard also made her presence felt in the game, going 7-for-10 from the field and finishing with 14 points.
Rookie Sensation Stewart tossed in 18 points and had eight rebounds, while Bird and Loyd made things competitive by each contributing 16 points.