|3||Natasha Howard||F||6-2||171||9/2/91||Florida St.||3|
|7||Jia Perkins||G||5-8||165||2/23/82||Texas Tech||13|
|22||Plenette Pierson||F||6-2||195||8/31/81||Texas Tech||14|
|HEAD COACH:||Cheryl Reeve|
|ASST. COACHES:||Shelley Patterson|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Chuck Barta|
|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|
|INTERIM HEAD COACH||Gary Kloppenburg|
|ASST. COACH:||Ryan Webb|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Tom Spencer|
|TEAM DOCTORS:||Dr. Adam Pourcho|
|Dr. Jeff Cary|
When Sylvia Fowles enters KeyArena on Wednesday with her Minnesota Lynx teammates, she will do so with slight statistical advantages over two Storm players. Fowles is currently second in the league in points per game at 20.5. Directly behind her in the third spot is Storm forward Breanna Stewart, who scores 20.4 per game. Stewart has actually scored more total points than Fowles has this season (531 to 513), but since Stewart has played one more game than Fowles so far, the math works out in Fowles’ favor. Fowles is also narrowly ahead of Crystal Langhorne for the WNBA’s highest field goal percentage. The Minnesota center has made 67.5 percent of her shot attempts in 2017 (197-for-292). Langhorne, who is a 57.2 percent career shot-maker, is at 66.8 percent on the season. Seattle’s ninth-year post player out of Maryland has connected on 145-for-217 of her field goals this year. The WNBA single-season record for field goal percentage is 66.8 percent, set by Tamika Raymond in 2003.
Seattle’s young, dynamic duo of Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd are both among the top-10 per game scorers in the WNBA. Stewart is third in the league at 20.4 per game, while Loyd is ninth at 17.3. Both players have also enjoyed some modest individual success against Minnesota, perennially one of the best defensive teams in the league. Loyd has played 11 regular season games against the Lynx since entering the league in 2015. The Gold Mamba is averaging 13.5 points against Minnesota, including three 20-point outings in the last six meetings. In Seattle’s 93-82 loss in St. Paul on July 30, Loyd went off for 26 points and five assists without turning the ball over once. Stewart has played Minnesota six times in her brief career. She has registered double-digit scoring numbers every time and averages 16.8 points versus the Western Conference foe. This year, Stewart is averaging 19 per game against Cheryl Reeve’s team, and is hitting 42.8 percent of her three’s.
As any Storm fan knows, to win the game you’ve got to take the important shot. The same can be said for your health. This season to beat the flu, you’ve got to take the shot. That’s why the Storm and Kaiser Permanente are teaming up on One Shot for Flu Prevention. Our Seattle Storm All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Sue Bird will be on hand to encourage everyone to get vaccinated against the flu. Flu shots will be free, as will Sue’s autographs and cool prizes. CHECK EVENT DETAILS HERE.
Donate a pound (or more) of clothes and/or shoes at tonight’s game on the West Plaza! Donors will be entered to win autographed Seattle Storm merchandise and have a chance to win a grand prize of courtside seats. CLICK HERE to read more.
At tonight’s game, fans will be able to text-to-win a WNBA FIT T-Shirt by texting “SEA” to 55678. 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.
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