|24||Sydney Wiese||G||6-0||6/16/95||Oregon St.||R|
|42||Jantel Lavender||C||6-4||185||11/12/88||Ohio St.||6|
|HEAD COACH:||Brian Agler|
|ASST. COACHES:||Tonya Edwards|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Courtney Watson|
|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|
Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike and the Los Angeles Sparks come to town to square off against the Storm tonight at 6 p.m. PT. It will be Breast Health Awareness Night for the Storm, as the team will wear pink jerseys that feature the Swedish Cancer Institute's logo. Join the fight for women’s health and place bids on exclusive autographed memorabilia and ticket opportunities in the Seattle Storm BHA Auction. All proceeds benefit the Swedish Cancer Institute Patient Assistance fund. The auction closes tonight at 7:30 p.m. PT. You can check out the items on display outside of Section 118 during the game. If you’re the winning bidder, you can walk out with your item after the game! BID NOW
Head coach Brian Agler and the Los Angeles Sparks (12-4) are making their first trip to Seattle of the 2017 season. Agler served as head coach and general manager of the Seattle Storm from 2008-14, guiding the team to a championship in 2010. The team posted a 136-102 (.571) record in Agler’s seven seasons at the helm, and Seattle made the playoffs in six of the seven seasons under Agler’s tutelage. Defense was the Storm’s calling card with Agler manning the controls. Seattle was in the top five of opponent’s points per game in every season of his tenure. Four times the team was tops in the league in opponent’s points per game, and in 2010 the Storm ranked in the top three of opponent’s points per game, points per game, offensive and defensive rating. In that championship 2010 season, Agler was named WNBA Coach of the Year as the Storm swept its way through the playoffs. He led the Sparks to the 2016 WNBA Championship, making him the first coach to win a title with two franchises.
Entering play on Saturday, Los Angeles is the only team in the league with three players averaging at least 16 points per game. Seattle is one of three teams that can boast two 16 point per outing players (Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd). Nneka Ogwumike leads the way for Los Angeles at 19.9, with Chelsea Gray and Candace Parker right behind at 16.2 and 16.0, respectively. Each member of LA’s big three shoots above 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the three-point line. Gray’s 51.1 percent clip from deep is the highest among any player scoring 16 per game, as well as the highest of any player taking two shots per game from downtown. The Sparks are currently third in the league in points per game and second in offensive rating (109.9). Seattle and Los Angeles like to play at similar tempos, with both teams sporting an identical 77.6 pace, tied for second slowest in the league.
The last time these teams met, in the season opener for both squads, Ogwumike registered 23 points. Gray made two of her three treys on her way to 14 points and eight assists in the Sparks’ 78-68 victory. Parker, Stewart and Sue Bird all sat out of that game.
Seattle owns a 21-12 record in games against the Sparks played at KeyArena. The Storm has won each of the last four regular season meetings in the shadow of the Space Needle. From 2007 through 2011, Seattle went 10-0 in regular season home games versus LA. Agler has yet to capture a win in Seattle as head coach of the Sparks. Last season, in a 96-66 Los Angeles win at STAPLES Center, Candace Parker set a franchise high for LA by netting 34 points, the most a Sparks player has ever scored against the Storm. Seattle is 0-1 in 2017 against the purple and gold. The Storm maintains an even 3-3 record this year against Western Conference rivals. The Sparks have had more intraconference success, going 5-2 in the West thus far.