July 31, 2018 – After an exciting and competitive WNBA All-Star Break that saw #TeamParker come away with the 119-112 victory, Allie Quigley win back-to-back as three-point champ, and Maya Moore take home MVP, the second half of the season kicks off tonight.
The Washington Mystics (14-11) will visit the Atlanta Dream (16-9) at McCamish Pavilion, as the Dream aim to hold on to their league leading win streak. Atlanta who is in second place in league standings has won eight games straight including two victories against the Mystics before break. Tonight, the Dream look to get it done at home to open the second half of the season where they left off. Washington looks to find their groove after suffering a loss to Connecticut before the break. With ample time to rest and prepare, the Mystics have a shot to end Atlanta’s reign in the winning column. Find out who gets it done on Twitter at 7 PM ET.
The Dallas Wings (14-11) host the Chicago Sky (9-17) tonight as teams look to rack up as many wins to secure a spot in the playoffs. Dallas who has had a solid season with their young team ended the first half of the season with back to back losses, despite big performances from Liz Cambage. One of those losses came at the hands of the Sky, who also defeated Phoenix before the break. If Chicago’s trio of Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot, and Diamond DeSheilds can put up strong performances the Sky might have a shot at winning this season series against the Wings. Tune in at 8 PM ET on NBA TV.
Wrapping up tonight’s WNBA action on Twitter is the Seattle Storm (19-7) and Phoenix Mercury (15-11). The Mercury are coming off three losses before the break and look to get back on track to stay in the playoff hunt. After losing forward Sancho Lyttle to a seaon ending knee injury, the Mercury recently picked up Devereaux Peters to fill in. With another experienced player added to the roster, Phoenix is expected to make a strong push during the second half of the season. Seattle meanwhile, will be challenged as the Storm battle to stay atop league standings before postseason play. Catch Breanna Stewart and the Storm against the Phoenix Mercury tonight at 10 PM ET.
Indianapolis, Ind., – The Seattle Storm (19-7) showed why they’re at the top of league standings with a 20-point win over Indiana (3-23) on Tuesday night.
After the Storm went on an 8-0 run to start the game, Indiana’s veterans had an answer as Cappie Pondexter hit back to back buckets to get the Fever going. Candice Dupree would follow suit knocking down shots to keep Indiana close. However, Seattle would keep the pressure on as Jewell Loyd buried triple after triple to tally 13 points at the end of the first quarter.
Teammates Breanna Stewart and Natasha Howard would pick up where she left off in the second half, as Seattle got out in transition. Stewart and Howard scored all 25 of the Storm’s third quarter points working as a tandem to stretch out their lead. Indiana’s Kelsey Mitchell would provide bursts of scoring attacks to keep the Fever in it coming as close as 80-72 late in the game. But Seattle’s Sue Bird would nail a dagger three-pointer to silence Indiana as the Storm soared to victory. Bird would tally 11 points and 11 assists in the 92-72 win. Stewart would pace the Storm with 26 points and 10 rebounds, shooting a 75 percent clip from behind the arc. Natasha Howard would also add 16 points and nine rebounds as Seattle picked up the road win.
Kelsey Mitchell, who will be participating in Saturday’s All-Star Three Point Contest, finished with a 26 point performance to tie a season-high for Indiana. Dupree turned in a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Pondexter pitched in 10 points.
After the All-Star break, the Fever will face the Dallas Wings on August 2 at 7 PM ET.
Indianapolis, Ind., – The Seattle Storm (18-7) will meet the Indiana Fever (3-22) for the second time this season on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. After successfully securing their third win of the season against a shorthanded L.A. squad, Indiana fell to the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday. Natalie Achonwa would lead Indiana with 21 points, while Candice Dupree added 13 points in the loss. All-Stars A’ja Wilson and Kayla McBride finished with 24 and 16 points, respectively to pace the Aces. Las Vegas managed to outrebound the Fever 47-29, led by Tamera Young and Carolyn Swords with 10 rebounds each. “We have to be more stingy on the defensive end,” Fever head coach Pokey Chatman said in a statement after Sunday’s game. Indiana will have a chance to do just that against the No.1 team in league standings. Seattle who came up short to a hot Atlanta team, looks to get back on track against Indiana. Breanna Stewart poured in 31 points in the loss, while Sue Bird, who competed in her 500th game tallied 12 points and six assists.
Be sure to catch this game on ESPN 3 at 7:00 PM ET.