The Storm will need to put Friday's last second 67-66 loss to the Connecticut Sun behind them if they are going to defeat the New York Liberty and notch their first win on their current six game road swing. Pulling out a win Sunday will be no easy task, as the Liberty currently occupy the top seed in the Eastern Conference at 12-6, and also boast the third stingiest defense in the WNBA, giving up only 71.6 points per game. They also snatch a league leading 38.1 rebounds per game. Here are three things to keep your eye on heading into tomorrow's game.
1. Tina Charles may decide the outcome of the game
Slowing down Tina Charles is likely one of the toughest tasks for any team in the WNBA, and it will be a tough task for the Storm to accomplish come Sunday. The 2012 WNBA MVP is averaging nearly a double-double this season, putting up 17.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest, and she lit the Storm up to the tune of 30 points and and five rebounds when the two teams met at KeyArena last month. Needless to say, she will be a handful for the Storm's front court to handle. Look for the Storm to throw double teams at Charles when they can, and for them to try and force the Liberty's role players to beat them. If the Storm can keep Charles from getting into a rhythm and make it tough for her to put up efficient numbers, they should be able to put themselves in position to win. If they are unable to disrupt Charles it's hard to see the Storm pulling the upset off.
2. Look for Abbey Bishop to bounce back
Bishop struggled mildly with her shot last game, missing all four of her shots, including the game winning shot. Though she recorded four rebounds, she seemed off throughout the game. The Storm do not usually rely on Bishop to put up spectacular numbers - she only averages 5.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game - but she is an important role player and cog in the machine for the Storm and they will need her to re-discover her shot Sunday.
3. Can Jewell Lloyd build off of her solid outing?
Lloyd turned in one of her best performances of the season against the Sun on Friday, posting 14 points on four of six from the field and a perfect five for five from the free throw line. Lloyd's performance was yet another flash of what she can be, and why the Storm selected her with the number one overall pick. It is incredibly fun to watch when both Lloyd and Sue Bird are on their game at the same time like they were on Friday. Consistency has been missing from Lloyd's game, which is to be expected from a young guard. However, it would go along way for the Storm if she was able to turn in another strong game Sunday.