|5||Dearica Hamby||F||6-3||189||11/6/93||Wake Forest||2|
|6||Alex Montgomery||G-F||6-1||185||11/12/88||Georgia Tech||6|
|21||Kayla McBride||G||5-11||174||6/25/92||Notre Dame||3|
|51||Sydney Colson||G||5-8||140||8/6/89||Texas A&M||3|
|HEAD COACH:||Vickie Johnson|
|ASST. COACHES:||Latricia Trammell|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Camile Crawford|
|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|
As the old adage goes, any time two professional teams match up against one another, anything can happen. The WNBA is certainly not immune to this, as just days ago the Storm toppled the best team in the league in the same month that it lost to San Antonio, the worst team in the league. While predictions are often tough and hard to pin down, one can expect with much certainty that Friday’s game will be high scoring. Both teams have struggled on defense all season. Seattle has the WNBA’s third worst defensive rating (105.2), with San Antonio right behind at 103.9. Traditional numbers also indicate that both teams are susceptible to leaking points. The Storm and the Stars both allow opponents to score over 80 points per game and make more than 33 percent of their three- point attempts.
Friday’s skirmish at KeyArena features three players who have put the league on notice in just their second seasons in the WNBA. Breanna Stewart, last year’s No. 1 overall pick and Rookie of the Year, is the third-highest scorer in the league at 20.1 points per game. The player lovingly referred to as Stewie is sixth in the league with eight double-doubles, and she is the only player in the league averaging 20 points per game while knocking down 37 percent of her three- point shots. Stewart made her first All-Star team in 2017 and looks well on her way to a spot on the All-WNBA team. Stewart’s college teammate, Moriah Jefferson, leads the Stars and all second-year players in assists. Her 4.4 dimes per game, paired with nine points and a 45 percent success rate on three pointers, makes her one of three players in the entire league with such numbers. Isabelle Harrison, the Stars’ secon-year post out of Tennessee, averages nearly 12 points per game while getting to 6.5 boards.
In his two seasons with the Tulsa Shock before the team relocated to Dallas and became the Wings, Gary Kloppenburg had his trouble with the San Antonio Stars. Kloppenburg and his team went just 2-6 against the Stars in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the only two in which Kloppenburg was at the helm. However, on September 8, 2013, Tulsa demolished San Antonio 98-65 at AT&T Center. This was not only the last win of the season for the Shock, it was also Kloppenburg’s last win as a head coach until he took over in Seattle. That late-season game in Texas was notable for another reason. Riquna Williams, now a member of the Los Angeles Sparks, scored a WNBA-record 51 points for the Shock that day. A young Skylar Diggins-Smith chipped in with 20 points to give Klopp his final victory on the Tulsa sideline.
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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.
Want to know Sue Bird’s approach to health and fitness? “Control what you can control.” Check out her other secrets to a successful and healthy life on Kaiser Permanente’s blog. READ SUE'S BLOG.
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