6:00 p.m., Key Arena
Where to Watch: WNBA League Pass
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM
The defending WNBA Champions will travel to Seattle on Sunday night and will look to spoil the Storm’s opening home game of the 2016 season.
The undefeated Lynx will battle the 1-1 Storm and the first overall selection of the 2016 WNBA draft Breanna Stewart.
Minnesota will look to continue their winning ways against Seattle as they have won 15 out of their last 19 matchups against the home team.
Before tuning into tonight’s game, be sure to keep these tidbits in mind:
– The Lynx have done a tremendous job moving the ball in their first two games and rank first in the league in assists with 25.5 per contest.
– Despite seeming to have Seattle’s number, Minnesota is just 1-3 in their last four games in the rainy city.
– Minnesota has been very successful on both ends of the court through their first two games, sporting the most points per game in the league and ranking fourth in points allowed per contest.
Coming Off Of…
Seattle won an extremely close matchup with the Phoenix Mercury on Friday, May 20th, 81-80, thanks to a bank shot from Jewell Loyd with three seconds left in the ball game. Loyd was on fire all game and finished with 30 points on 12-for-20 shooting and six boards. Stewart struggled against the Mercury’s frontcourt offensively, going 4-for-15 from the field, but did position herself well to snag 13 rebounds.
Minnesota had another dominant performance on the 18th in Chicago, beating the Sky with ease 97-80. Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles had their way with Chicago, combining for 46 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. Renee Montgomery turned in another stellar defensive effort, coming up with five steals and finishing the game with 15 points.
The Storm and Lynx last met on Sept. 11th, 2015 in Seattle and it was the home team who walked away with the upset, 78-64. Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Moore all did not play and Minnesota struggled putting the ball in the hoop from deep, going 4-for-19. Sylvia Fowles did her best to put the team on her back with 21 points and 12 rebounds, but it was not enough as Seattle shot 44.6 percent from the field and played solid defense.
Key Matchup: Jewell Loyd vs. Seimone Augustus
There will be a lot of firepower on the court on Sunday night in Seattle and this battle will be one of a few to watch.
Both players have been shooting the ball very well this season and have already shown fans across the league that they are capable of taking over a game.
Minnesota: G- Whalen, G- Augustus, F- Moore, F- Brunson, C- Fowles
Seattle: G- Bird, G- Loyd, F- Clark, F- Langhorne, F- Stewart