|3||Natasha Howard||F||6-2||171||9/2/91||Florida St.||3|
|7||Jia Perkins||G||5-8||165||2/23/82||Texas Tech||13|
|22||Plenette Pierson||F||6-2||195||8/31/81||Texas Tech||14|
|HEAD COACH:||Cheryl Reeve|
|ASST. COACHES:||Shelley Patterson|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Chuck Barta|
|8||Carolyn Swords||C||6-6||209||7/19/89||Boston College||5|
|11||Lanay Montgomery||C||6-5||212||9/17/93||West Virginia||R|
|24||Jewell Loyd||G||5-10||148||10/5/93||Notre Dame||2|
|HEAD COACH:||Jenny Boucek|
|ASST. COACHES:||Gary Kloppenburg|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Tom Spencer|
|TEAM DOCTORS:||Dr. Adam Pourcho|
|Dr. Jeff Cary|
Saturday’s matchup between Seattle and Minnesota marks a battle between the top two teams in the third edition of the Associated Press (AP) Power Poll. Minnesota enters the contest as the No. 1 team with a 6-0 record, while Seattle (4-1) has won four in a row to climb from fifth in the preseason to second in week three. The game should be a high-scoring affair, as both teams average over 81 points per game to rank in the top four in the WNBA.
If the last two games for Seattle are any indication, it’s that any one player on the Storm roster can step up and get the job done. In a come-from-behind win over New York on May 26, Sami Whitcomb erupted for 22 points, including six three’s, all of which came in the second half. Two days later, Alysha Clark hit her first nine shots from the floor and scored a season-high 22 points in a 24-point win over Indiana.
Seattle owns a 20-11 all-time record vs. Minnesota at KeyArena. Since the 2011 campaign when Minnesota won its first WNBA title, the Lynx have simply set the standard, claiming three championships in six years. Seattle has struggled against the Lynx during that stretch, posting a 5-20 overall record. However, prior to 2011, the Storm had the Lynx’s number, going 22-15, including 15-4 at KeyArena. The Lynx came into KeyArena undefeated (7-0) in 2014, and Seattle snapped the streak, defeating Minnesota by a 65-62 margin on June 6, 2014.
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, May 30 to approve a 10-year lease extension between the Seattle Storm and KeyArena at City Hall. Per the agreement, the Storm will play all of its home games at KeyArena through the 2028 WNBA season. Prior to today’s contest vs. Minnesota, The City of Seattle, KeyArena and the Storm will host a press conference regarding the lease extension. Attendees will include Storm co-owner Ginny Gilder and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. The press conference, which is open to fans, will begin at 4:45 p.m. PT and will take place on the West Plaza of KeyArena.
At tonight’s game, fans will be able to text-to-win two tickets to Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 by texting “SEA” to 55678. The promotion will only be live during tonight’s game but fans who text “SEA” to 55678 at any other time will be able to sign up for access to our weekly StormWatch Newsletter for the latest info on the team and other promotions. No Purchase Necessary. Ends 6/4/17. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & DC, 18 years of age or older (or of the legal age of majority in their state of residence, whichever is older). Void where prohibited. wnbapromo.com/sea for official rules & complete details.