|10||Courtney Williams||G||5-8||136||5/11/94||S. Florida||1|
|11||Danielle Adams||F-C||6-1||239||2/19/89||Texas A&M||5|
|20||Alex Bentley||G||5-7||152||10/27/90||Penn St.||4|
|35||Jonquel Jones||F||6-6||190||1/5/94||George Washington||1|
|HEAD COACH:||Curt Miller|
|ASST. COACHES:||Steve Smith|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Jeremy Norman|
|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|
The Connecticut Sun (10-7) descends upon Seattle as the holders of a four-game winning streak. A win on Wednesday would match the team’s longest winning streak of the 2017 season and give Connecticut three straight victories away from home. This streak of hot play began with a win against the Storm (8-9) on June 29 at Mohegan Sun Arena. In that game, Connecticut marched to a 96-89 win on the shoulders of Jasmine Thomas’ 29 points and six assists. Beating the Storm would make Connecticut the only team in the league to record two five-game winning streaks in 2017. The Sun is clutching a 0.5 game lead atop the Eastern Conference, edging out Washington by the slimmest of margins. Connecticut also has the distinction of being the only Eastern Conference team with a winning record at home (4-3) and on the road (6-4). Its 8-2 record in the last 10 games ties Connecticut with Minnesota and Los Angeles for best in the league over that span.
By many standards, a 50-40-90 split is the mark of a great shooter. Being able to shoot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on three pointers, and 90 percent on free throws is the mark of incredible sharpshooting accuracy and consistency. Seattle achieved a 50-40-90 game as a team on Saturday against Los Angeles on the way to knocking off the defending champs, 81-69. The Storm was successful on 51.9 percent of its field goal attempts, 53.3 percent on threes and 94.4 percent on foul shots.
Storm point guard Sue Bird has been named to her 10th WNBA All-Star Game, tying the league record held by Tamika Catchings. Bird also received the honor of being named a starter in the game, which will be the eighth time in her 16 seasons that she is on the court at tipoff of the All-Star game. Her spot on the team is certainly well-deserved, as Bird leads the league with her 6.7 assists per game. The most assists she’s averaged over a whole season is 6.5. Bird is also shooting 41.1 percent from behind the three-point line and 45 percent from the field. Both of these numbers are also better than her career averages. She is closing in on several milestones as well. After already passing 2,500 career assists this season, the 16-year veteran needs just four steals to reach 600 and 319 points to become the eighth player in WNBA history with 6,000 career points. She has her eyes on the career record for assists as well, needing just 88 dimes to pass Ticha Penicheiro for the top spot.
Only July 18, Seattle will take on Chicago in a historic night for the team and WNBA, as the Storm will become the first professional team to partner with Planned Parenthood. The Storm and Force 10 Hoops have teamed with Planned Parenthood to create “Stand With Planned Parenthood.” This night is designed to support the organization and the services they provide to 2.5 million people across the United States. The pregame festivities will include a rally on the West Plaza of KeyArena, starting at 5:15 p.m. PDT. There will also be several fundraising efforts and an online auction featuring game-worn shoes and other Storm memorabilia. The Storm will also donate $5 for every ticket purchased to Planned Parenthood.h4>WNBA ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY, MEDIA EVENTS FOR VERIZON WNBA ALL-STAR 2017
The WNBA announced special community and media events for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, and the schedule includes the first pitch by WNBA All-Stars at the Seattle Mariners’ Thursday, July 20 game vs. the New York Yankees and a WNBA flag raising at the Space Needle on Friday, July 21. In honor of the WNBA’s commitment to the community and the Emerald City’s first time hosting the All-Star game, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will proclaim the weekend of the All-Star Game as “WNBA All-Star Weekend.” For a complete list of events, click here.