The Storm will look to fend off Skylar Diggins and the Tulsa Shock and extend their winning streak to three games as they host the Tulsa Shock tonight. The Storm are riding a good deal of momentum lately, they have looked good in their last two wins, posting double digit wins in both games. Another fact that has been impressive is the fact that the Storm have won in two very different ways, beating the San Antonio Stars by playing at an up tempo pace, and then grinding out a tough win in a lose scoring affair against the Washington Mystics.
The Storm will have the hands full slowing the Shock and their high powered offense, which averages 77.5 points per game, good for fourth highest in the league. The Storm will need to slow down Diggins first and foremost, as she averages 17.8 points per game, but she will not be their only concern. Two other players, Riquna Williams and Odyssey Sims both average better than 15 points per game- 15.6 and 15.3 respectively- and have five players in total who average better than 11 points per game. The Storm will not only need to take Diggins out of her comfort zone,but will also need to disrupt the Shock's offense as a whole.
Jewell Lloyd did a tremendous job of getting to the free-throw line last game, as she attempted a whopping 14 free-throws, and more impressively, knocked down all 14 en route to an 18 point performance. if Lloyd is able to get to the free-throw again tonight, that will go a long way in helping the Storm play well, as it will not only put pressure on the Shock's defense, but will likely also force a few of Tulsa's players into foul trouble.
Crystal Langhorne has also been paramount for the Storm during their two game winning streak, posting 28 points and 10 rebounds against the Stars, and followed that up with a solid 15 point performance against the Washington Mystics. The Storm will need her to turn in another solid performance if they hope to pull of a third straight win.