Minnesota Lynx (7-2) vs Seattle Storm (3-7)
July 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m. (CT)
TV: WNBA LiveAccess 
Radio: BOB FM 106.1
Game #10, Home Game #5
 
·         Minnesota enters tonight’s game against the Seattle Storm having won 13 of the past 16 meetings overall and leads the all-time series 29-27. The Lynx are 2-0 against Seattle this season, beating the Storm 94-70 on June 11 at Target Center and posted a 76-73 win at Seattle. The June 11 victory was Minnesota’s 10th in a row vs. Seattle at Target Center.
 
·         The Lynx spotted Seattle an 18-point, second-quarter lead on June 25 at KeyArena before rallying to a 76-73 victory. It’s the largest deficit Minnesota has ever overcome to win in a regular-season road game and the third-largest overall. Minnesota held the Storm to just 22 points in the second half, marking the fewest points the Lynx have allowed in any half this season.
 
·         Lindsay Whalen was named the WNBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for games played June 22-28, the first Lynx player to earn that honor in 2015. It’s the seventh weekly award of Whalen’s career and third with Minnesota. Whalen tallied 18.5 ppg and 4.5 apg, while shooting 53.6% from the floor and sinking all three free-throw attempts to help Minnesota finish 2-0 on the week.
 
·         The Lynx enter tonight’s game holding opponents to 69 points per game on 39.5% shooting from the field, which ranks first and second, respectively, in the WNBA. Seattle allows 75.1 opponent points per game, which is the league average. Minnesota has held three opponents below 60 points, tying its top single-season total in that category since 2005 (none last year, three in 2013 and two each in 2012 and 2011). Over the past five seasons, since the start of 2011, the Lynx are 47-3 when holding their opponent under 70 points. They’ve also won 64 of their past 65 games when keeping the opposition below 40% from the floor.
 
·         Minnesota posted a club-record-tying 10 blocks, adding a season-high 10 steals in the June 25 win at Seattle and then followed up with the same totals Saturday vs. Phoenix. Prior to last week, the Lynx had registered 10+ blocks and 10+ steals in the same game on only one occasion (May 27, 2008 at Houston).
 
·         The Lynx welcome their 12th member to the squad tonight. Minnesota acquired guard Anna Cruz from New York on April 16 in a deal that also involved the exchange of five draft choices. She missed the first nine games of the season to play with Spain where she won a bronze medal at EuroBasket 2015 last Sunday in Budapest, Hungary. She netted 9.9 points (41.6%), 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 10 games, including shooting 9-for-20 from three-point range.
 
·         Seimone Augustus tallied a season-high 24 points on June 25 at Seattle, marking her second 20+ effort this year and 103rd of her career. In two games vs. Seattle this season, she is averaging 18.0 points on 15-for-29 (51.7%) shooting from the floor. She currently ranks ninth in the WNBA in scoring (15.4 ppg)
 
·         In the last meeting between the two teams, Sue Bird eclipsed Sheryl Swoopes for 13th on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list. She has averaged 15.7 points in her last three games and now sits at 4,907. The next two on the list are former Lynx player Taj McWilliams-Franklins (5,103) and Tangela Smith with 5,048.
 
·         Tonight’s game concludes a 23-day stretch that has seen Minnesota play right in a row vs. Western Conference rivals, which began with Seattle’s previous visit to Target Center on June 11. The Lynx are currently in a stretch in which seven of their 10 games are at Target Center.