Prince and the hot-shooting Sky look to weather the Storm
At 6-1, the Sky have established themselves early as one of the top teams in the WNBA and will look to keep their hot streak rolling against Seattle. After pulling out a hard-fought win against the Liberty in New Jersey, Chicago is hoping for a sixth straight victory when they return home to the Allstate Arena Wednesday night to face the Storm.
The Storm haven’t had the start that a team two years removed from a WNBA championship would expect coming to Rosemont with a 1-6 record. If last Friday’s matchup with Tulsa is any indication, however, that record won’t be much of a factor.
While Swin Cash is now in a Sky uniform and Lauren Jackson is out until after the Olympic break, former WNBA All-Star Ann Wauters is back with the team after two summers off and is joined by the incomparable Tina Thompson who give Seattle enough veteran firepower to give anyone trouble.
The Sky split the series with Seattle last season winning at home 78-69 and losing to the Storm in the last matchup at of the season in Seattle 81-70. Chicago is 4-8 all-time against the Storm and will be looking to improve on that record Wednesday.
Seattle was plagued by scoring droughts in its 80-67 loss to San Antonio Saturday as the team has struggled to shoot well collectively this season. The Storm have made only 38.3 percent of their field goals this season and their top scorer, Sue Bird, averages only 10.9 points per game. Seattle’s defense has been average but it hasn’t done the Storm any favors as opponents average 73.4 points per game to their 65.9 points per.
The Sky on the other hand haven’t had trouble putting up big numbers led by the WNBA’s leading scorer in Prince. Chicago averages 78.3 points per game and much of that can be attributed to the Sky’s knack for collecting loose balls under the basket. Led by Sylvia Fowles’ astonishing 15 rebounds per game, Chicago leads the WNBA in boards averaging 37.8 per game. Against an opponent that averages only 31.1, the Sky should hold a clear advantage in the frontcourt.
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