|10||Emma Cannon||F||6-2||190||6/1/89||Florida Southern||R|
|20||Camille Little||F||6-2||180||1/18/85||North Carolina||10|
|25||Sophie Brunner||F||6-1||187||8/30/95||Arizona St.||R|
|HEAD COACH:||Sandy Brondello|
|ASST. COACHES:||Julie Hairgrove|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Tamera Poole|
|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|
Welcome to the Seattle Storm’s Pride Tipoff, as the team hosts Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury. A variety of special activities are set to take place, including a halftime performance by SassyBlack. The U.S. Deaf Women’s Soccer National Team will also be in attendance, as it joins the Storm in supporting equality, inclusion in sports and equal rights. Alongside Homophonic, the women’s soccer team’s interpreter, Amanda Newcomb, will also perform the national anthem in sign language. Supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Storm will be handing out rainbow thunderstix, while Pride flags and tank tops will also be available for purchase. The Storm also welcomes fans to join the team at the Pride Picnic (June 10 from Noon-3 p.m. at Volunteer Park) and Pride Parade (June 25). To register for the Pride Parade, CLICK HERE.
Friday’s marquee matchup includes a showdown of the two of best guards in WNBA history in Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. Both players are in the top 10 of most career points in league history, with Taurasi claiming the No. 1 spot during Phoenix’s game on Sunday at Los Angeles. However, they can do more than just score, as both players also rank in the top five of career WNBA assists. Entering play on Friday, Bird needs just 120 more dimes to pass Ticha Penicheiro for the top spot in the all-time record books. The two legends were also college teammates for two years at the University of Connecticut. In 2002 during Bird’s senior season with the Huskies, the duo led UConn to an undefeated (39-0) season, punctuated by an 82-70 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the national championship game.
Today’s game is the first meeting between Phoenix and Seattle thus far in the regular season. The two teams did tussle twice in the preseason, with the squads splitting the series at one game apiece. Both teams carry identical 6-5 records, tied for the fifth best winning percentages in the WNBA. The Mercury and Storm are certainly jostling for playoff positions. As of today, Seattle and Phoenix sit at fifth and sixth, respectively, in the latest AP Power Poll, but the teams are trending in opposite directions. Phoenix was dominated by Los Angeles to the tune of a 90-59 loss in its last outing. Seattle comes into KeyArena fresh off its best defensive performance of the season, holding San Antonio to 57 points on Sunday night. This was the lowest point total the Storm had allowed since stifling the Washington Mystics to just 51 points on July 15, 2016.
At tonight’s game, fans will be able to text ‘SEA’ to 55678 to receive 20% off at WNBAStore.com. 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 6/30/17. 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.
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