Scouting Report | Lynx at Storm

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

8 p.m., KeyArena
Where to Watch: No TV
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM 

The Minnesota Lynx look to continue their undefeated start to the season when they take on the Seattle Storm on Saturday in Seattle.

The Lynx come in at 6-0 overall and are the top team in the Western Conference. The Storm enter at 4-1 on the year and are in second place in the Western Conference.

Here are a few tidbits as we head into Saturday’s game:

  • The Lynx hold a 1.5 game lead over the Storm for first place in the Western Conference.
  • Lindsay Whalen has been on the winning side in 293 WNBA games, one behind Swin Cash (294) for the all-time lead in that category.
  • Rebekkah Brunson currently sits at 2,033 career points in a Lynx uniform and is tied with Svetlana Abrosimova for 5th place on the all-time franchise leaderboard.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off of an 80-66 win over the San Antonio Stars last Sunday in St. Paul.

Sylvia Fowles led the way for the Lynx with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Maya Moore and Brunson had 13 points each, Seimone Augustus had 12 points and four assists, Natasha Howard had 10 points and Whalen had 10 assists.

Seattle is coming off of a 94-70 win over the Indiana Fever on Sunday in Seattle.

Alysha Clark had 22 points to lift the Storm. Jewell Loyd had 13 points and five assists, Breanna Stewart had 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Crystal Langhorne had 12 points and four rebounds and Sue Bird added six points and eight assists in the game.

Last Matchup

Minnesota held a 4-0 season series advantage over Seattle last season. The last matchup came on Aug. 28 at Target Center, when the Lynx won 92-80.

In that game, Whalen led Minnesota with 24 points. Augustus had 18 points and four rebounds, Moore had 13 points and five rebounds, Fowles had 11 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, Jia Perkins had 10 points and Brunson added seven points and 10 rebounds.

For the Storm, Loyd had 20 points and four assists, Ramu Tokashiki had 13 points and five rebounds, Bird and Langhorne had 11 points each and Stewart tallied 10 points and six rebounds.

Saturday’s contest will be the first of three games between the two teams this season.

Key Matchup: Lindsay Whalen vs. Sue Bird

A key matchup to watch on Saturday night will come between Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen and Seattle’s Sue Bird, two players that will go down as two of the best in WNBA history at the point guard position.

Whalen is currently third on the all-time assists leaderboard with 2,190 career assists, while Bird is second on the list with 2,435. Ticha Penicheiro currently has the most assists in WNBA history with 2,592.

Whalen, who is in her 14th WNBA season, is averaging 6.2 points, 5.2 assists and 1.5 rebounds in six games this season.

Bird, in her 15th season, is averaging eight points, eight assists and two rebounds per game in three games this year.


Seattle: No injuries to report.

Minnesota: No injuries to report.

Projected Starters

Seattle: PG – Bird, SG – Loyd, SF – Clark, PF – Stewart, C – Langhorne

Minnesota: PG – Whalen, SG – Augustus, SF – Moore, PF – Brunson, C – Fowles