Records: Seattle Storm (5-14) @ Connecticut Sun (8-8)
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Game Time: 07/31/15 at 4:00pm PST
Season Series: 0-1 - Sun won earlier meeting 79-58 in Seattle.
The Seattle Storm look to get a rare road win as they face the Connecticut Sun Friday afternoon. The Storm have continued to struggle on the road this season, posting a 1-9 record away from KeyArena; which is surprisingly still a better road record than both the Los Angeles Sparks and the San Antonio Silver Stars. The Storm have lost seven consecutive games on the road and have lost two in a row overall.
The Storm's opponent, the Connecticut Sun, got off to an extremely strong start this season, going 7-1 in their first eight games. Then the wheels fell off, as they lost six games in a row and seven out of their last eight. The Connecticut Sun are led by Guard Alex Bentley, who leads the team in scoring at 15.9 PPG. Center Kelsey Bone is 2nd in scoring at 14.8 PPG and leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 RPG.
Storm fans will be very familiar with two other Connecticut Sun players, Camille Little and Shekinna Stricklen, who were traded to the Sun in the off-season for Renee Montgomery and the Sun's 3rd overall pick that was used to select UCONN forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. While the jury is still out on who won the trade, right now things have definitely favor the Sun. Camille Little is averaging 8.3 PPG and 4.3 RPG and Shekinna Stricklen is averaging 7.1 PPG off the bench. Meanwhile, the Storm have already turned around and traded Renee Montgomery to the Minnesota Lynx for (currently-injured) Monica Wright and KML has yet to adjust to the pro game, being held out of six games due to coach's decision and averaging just 2.9 PPG in just under eight minutes per game.
Key Players to Watch:
Crystal Langhorne led the team in scoring with 13 points when Connecticut played in Seattle earlier this year. The Sun do lack some height and Crystal may be able to have a strong game in the post.
Abby Bishop had a very strong game against the Washington Mystics and scored 17 points to lead the game. Can she continue her hot shooting for a sustainable period of time? Or will she revert back to being hot one game and a no-show the next?