|10||Emma Cannon||F||6-2||190||6/1/89||Florida Southern||R|
|20||Camille Little||F||6-2||180||1/18/85||North Carolina||10|
|25||Sophie Brunner||F||6-1||187||8/30/95||Arizona St.||R|
|HEAD COACH:||Sandy Brondello|
|ASST. COACHES:||Julie Hairgrove|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER:||Tamera Poole|
|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|
Entering Sunday’s action, Storm point guard Sue Bird needs just six assists to break Ticha Penicheiro’s WNBA record for career assists. Penicheiro dished 2,599 assists in 454 games, most of which came with the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs. Tonight marks Bird’s 476th WNBA game, all of which have been with the Storm. Bird has dealt five and eight assists in the two games Seattle has played against Phoenix this year. In her 16th season in the WNBA, Bird is averaging 6.5 assists per game to tie a career high, which she set in 2003. She is third in the league in assists per game, but second only to Layshia Clarendon in total assists. After being taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft, Bird has led the Storm to two championships, starting every game she’s played in during her illustrious career.
On the night Bird could possibly break the WNBA’s record for career assists, the active player who was on the receiving end of the most Bird assists will be on the other team’s bench. Little, who played 221 games in a Storm uniform and averaged 10.6 points per game, is in her first year with the Phoenix Mercury. Only Lauren Jackson has ever scored more off passes from Bird. After being traded to Seattle from the Atlanta Dream during the 2008 season, Little helped the team make the playoffs. She scored 11.7 points per game during the team’s first round series loss to Los Angeles. In 2010, Little contributed greatly in bringing the WNBA Championship to Seattle. Playing alongside Bird and Jackson, Little was good for 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds during the playoffs.
The starting lineups for Seattle and Phoenix each feature two players in the league’s top 10 in scoring. Breanna Stewart is second in the WNBA in points per game, just a hair behind Brittney Griner of Phoenix. Diana Taurasi checks in at sixth in the league while lapping the competition in three pointers made. Jewell Loyd rounds out the top 10 at just under 17 points per contest. The Los Angeles Sparks are the only team outside Seattle and Phoenix to have two players on the top-ten list (Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker). Besides pure scoring, Seattle also has Bird near the top of the assists leaderboard, and Crystal Langhorne leading the W in shooting percentage (67.1). The single season record for shooting percentage was set in 2003 by Tamika Raymond of the Minnesota Lynx, who canned 66.8 percent of her attempts that year.
Former Storm player and the first Caribbean and Jamaican WNBA player, Simone Edwards, will be on the concourse signing her new book ‘Unstoppable’ before tonight’s game outside of the team shop. Her book will also be available to purchase.
At tonight’s game, fans will be able to text-to-win a Jewell Loyd Player 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.
*No Purchase Necessary. Ends 8/27/17. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & DC, 18 years of age or older (or of the legal age of majority in their state of residence, whichever is older). Void where prohibited. Wnbapromo.com/sea for Official Rules & complete details.
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.
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