Sky Take On Storm

The Sky welcome the Seattle Storm to the Allstate Arena on Tuesday, July 2 for a 7 p.m. CT tip off. This is the first match up between the two teams this season and the last time that Sky fans will see WNBA veteran Tina Thompson who will retire at the end of the year.

In 2012, the teams split their series. This year, however, has a different ring for both squads. The Sky have welcomed star rookie Elena Delle Donne while the Storm are learning to adjust without 11 year veteran Sue Bird who is out with a knee injury and their star center Lauren Jackson, who chose to remain in Australia to rehab an injury.

So far this season, the Sky have outperformed the Storm in every major statistical category. In particular, the Sky are exceeding the Storm in team points and rebounds. After the Skyís first nine games, they have averaged 80.78 points while the Storm bring in just 74.50 team points per game. The Sky also led the league in rebounds after those nine exhibitions, averaging 40.89 per game. The Storm are averaging 30.00 rebounds per game, good for last in the league.

The Storm will have to watch for the Skyís towers in the paint with Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles. Delle Donne had arguably the best game of her young career Wednesday afternoon against the New York Liberty. During this matinee, she set a new career high with 26 points. She also added 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks to the boards. Sylvia Fowles finished the game with her fifth double-double of the season after scoring 19 points and taking down 14 rebounds.

On the Stormís side, the player to watch is all time WNBA leading scorer Tina Thompson. Thompson joined the league at its inception in 1997 as the first ever collegiate draft pick. After the Stormís first eight games, Thompson has stood strong as leader of the team with 14.4 points and 4.6.rebounds per game. Her veteran skills will be a solid match up for the young Sky rookie Delle Donne.

Fans at home can catch this exciting match up nationally on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. CST. You can also tune into WNBA LiveAccess on your computer, tablet or phone.