|32||Bria Holmes||G||6-1||170||4/19/94||West Virginia||1|
|HEAD COACH:||Michael Cooper|
|ASST. COACHES:||Karleen Thompson|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Michael Douglas|
|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|
At tonight’s game vs. Atlanta, the Storm will honor four special women for their work in the community. Natalie McCarthy, Mary Pugh and Tricia Raikes will all receive the honor from the Storm for Inspiring Women Night presented by CenturyLink. This is the 13th season the franchise has recognized Pacific Northwest women impacting the community for the better. Martha Bejar will be honored as the CenturyLink Inspiring Woman in-game on July 15.
With its 8-9 record, the Atlanta Dream is currently holding on to the No. 7 spot in the WNBA standings. Seattle, currently possessing an 8-10 mark, is in the No. 9 slot. Under the WNBA Playoffs format, the top eight teams in the standings at the end of the season qualify for the postseason, regardless of conference. With both teams likely to be on or near the playoff bubble for the rest of the year, every game is crucial, especially against other teams trying to claw their way in. A playoff appearance would give Seattle two in a row for the first time since 2012-13. The franchise has made the playoffs in 12 of its 17 seasons in the WNBA, including ten in a row from 2004-2013. Seattle has also won two WNBA championships. Atlanta has played in seven playoffs in its nine years in the league.
One of the trademarks of Seattle Storm basketball this year has been the three-point shot. Seattle is taking the fourth-most threes of any team in the league (19.4 per game), while Atlanta is taking the fourth-fewest (15.9). In terms of shots that actually go in from long range, Seattle is second in the WNBA at 7.0 per game, while Atlanta is tied for last at 4.3. When looking at percentages, the discrepancy becomes even more drastic. A whopping 25.8 percent of Seattle’s total points this season have come by way of the three ball, which is the highest rate in the league. Atlanta, on the other hand, gets just 16.2 percent of its offensive production from the three-point line, placing them last in the league. The Storm has five players that drain 33 percent or more of their shots from distance (Sue Bird, Sami Whitcomb, Noelle Quinn, Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd). Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis also can get hot from deep, as she is shooting 40 percent on threes this year in a sample size of just five games.
In the second quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Connecticut, the Storm played one of the best 10 minutes of basketball in team history. The team put up 33 points, its highest in any quarter of the 2017 campaign. Seattle seemingly could not miss for the duration of the second frame. When the halftime buzzer finally sounded, Seattle had posted an entire quarter of 80 percent shooting. Eight players combined to shoot 12-for-15 from the field (80 percent), 5-for-6 on three’s (83.3 percent) and 4-for-4 on free throws (100 percent). Ten of those 12 field goals had an assist attached to them. Seattle took care of the ball as well, turning it over just once in the quarter. The Storm held Connecticut to 19 points in that exciting stretch of action.
The Seattle Storm invites fans to donate a pound or more of clothes and/or shoes this season. Seattle Goodwill will be on the West Plaza of the KeyArena before tipoff at five Seattle Storm games. By making a donation at the Storm’s donation drives, you will be entered into a drawing to win autographed Seattle Storm merchandise. A winner will be picked after each donation drive. Also, all donors from the entire season will have a chance to win a grand prize VIP Seattle Storm game experience, including courtside seats to the Seattle Storm vs. San Antonio Stars game on Friday, Aug. 18.