|4||Skylar Diggins-Smith||G||5-9||145||8/2/90||Notre Dame||4|
|10||Kaela Davis||G||6-2||170||3/15/95||South Carolina||R|
|15||Allisha Gray||G||5/9||167||1/12/95||South Carolina||R|
|22||Breanna Lewis||C||6-5||205||6/22/94||Kansas St.||R|
|23||Aerial Powers||G||6-0||157||1/17/94||Michigan St.||1|
|HEAD COACH:||Fred Williams|
|ASST. COACHES:||Bridget Pettis|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Allison Russell|
|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|
Both teams enter Friday’s matchup with identical 3-4 records in the last seven games. The three wins for Dallas have come against Atlanta, Chicago, and Indiana. Seattle, which has not won back-to-back games since late May, has knocked off Atlanta and Los Angeles, as well as the Wings in its last seven endeavors. Dallas picked up a crucial win in its most recent game on Tuesday. The Wings snuck past the Indiana Fever 84-82 thanks to a game-winning bucket from Allisha Gray in the game’s final seconds.
Seattle has lost its last two games, dropping a home game to the Chicago Sky before faltering on the road vs. Los Angeles. A victory for Seattle would clinch the season series against Dallas, who the Storm is certainly battling with for a playoff spot. Entering Saturday’s action, Dallas is the holder of the WNBA’s seventh-best record, in a league where the top eight qualify for the postseason. The Storm currently ranks ninth in the standings. In its last seven games, the Storm is averaging 78.8 points. Dallas is scoring 85.0 in its last seven outings, a number that is inflated by the team’s 112 points outburst in a win on July 16 over the Sky.
If you ask both head coaches in this game, they’d probably both tell you that defense is the area their teams need to improve the most at. Dallas gives up the most points per game (88.0) of any team in the league, while Seattle is one of seven teams to allow opponents to score at least 81 per game. Both teams average at least 80 points per game, and Dallas is sixth in points per game despite possessing the lowest field goal percentage (40.5 percent) in the league. Seattle takes the least amount of field goals per game (61.3) but makes a lot of them. The Storm is second in the WNBA with a 47.4 shooting percentage.
Prior to Friday’s game, fans can win tickets while also supporting a great cause. By donating blood on July 28 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Storm Team Shop, donors will receive free tickets to the game that night against the Dallas Wings, which is scheduled for tipoff at 7 p.m. Fans who are unable to attend the Dallas game but still wish to give blood are more than welcome to do so, and will be compensated with a voucher for either the Aug. 16 game with the Minnesota Lynx, or the Aug. 18 clash with the San Antonio Stars. From July 31 through August 6, the Storm is also holding donation centers in four locations (First Hill Donor Center, North Seattle, Lynwood, and Bellevue). Donating blood at any of those locations during the listed dates also results in a ticket voucher for either the Minnesota or San Antonio games. To donate, register at BloodworksNW.org/storm.
For Friday night’s game, the Storm has teamed with Warm 106.9 for a Teddy Bear Toss. The event, which is part of the Teddy Bear Patrol Campaign, provides stuffed animals to local police, firefighters and hospital workers for children in emergency situations. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to the game. At halftime, the teddy bears will be tossed onto the court and gathered for the Teddy Bear Patrol. Not only does this support a great cause, it also gives fans an opportunity to show off their arm by hurling a stuffed animal of their choice on to the KeyArena hardwood.