7 p.m. vs. Seattle at Target Center • No TV, 106.1-FM
Lynx now hottest team after cold start
Preview: The Lynx (7-6) are the hottest team in the WNBA, riding a four-game winning streak. The Storm, 10-4 overall, 3-1 on the road, is the second-best team in the league, a half-game behind league-leader Los Angeles. This will be another good test to see if the Lynx have regained their mojo after a 3-6 start. This will be the first meeting between the two teams, so it will be the first time the Lynx will play against Natasha Howard. Howard, who played two seasons as a reserve forward for the Lynx, was traded to the Storm in the offseason, where she is starting and averaging a career-high 14.1 points per game.
Players to watch: Lynx F Maya Moore has averaged 21.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists during the four-game winning streak. In that same stretch C Sylvia Fowles has averaged 18.8 points and 11.5 rebounds. Storm F Brianna Stewart leads the league in scoring (21.9). She has averaged 24.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in her past five games. G Jewell Loyd is averaging 18.0 points and 3.9 assists. Veteran PG Sue Bird is third in the league in assists (6.3).
Numbers: The Lynx were 2-1 vs. Seattle last season. Minnesota has won 15 straight vs. Seattle at home. Seattle comes in with the league’s best offensive rating (108.9), the Lynx with the third-best defensive rating (97.5).
Injuries: Seattle F Alysha Clark (ankle) is questionable. The Lynx report no injuries.