The Verizon Center holds positive memories for the Storm whether it was the WNBA All-Star game or forward Lauren Jackson’s career-high 47-point night. But things will be different today.
Seattle is playing its fourth game without Jackson (back) and Mystics All-Star Alana Beard is not dressed to play due to a sprained left ankle. Beard, who will not start, has not practiced since tweaking her right ankle against Seattle last week.
The player’s absence may change the dynamics of the game, but not the purpose. The Storm still wants to catch Phoenix for the top seed in the Western Conference while the Mystics are simply trying to secure a playoff position.
WNBA president Donna Orender is in the house, continuing the league’s campaign with the PGA for “Play Golf America.” For the second consecutive season, the two leagues are offering game-day experiences featuring free golf instruction from local PGA and LPGA pros at select WNBA games.
Seattle is looking for a franchise-tying seventh win. The mark, which would tie last season’s run, would clinch at least second in the West for the Storm. That assures home-court in the opening round, but Seattle has lost in the opening round with this perk before. Anyone remember Houston 2005? Or, well, we’re not there, yet.
For today, it’s all about playoff jockeying. It may not be pretty, but it all about the win. So, let’s get to it.
Here are your starting lineups:
F Crystal Langhorne
F Monique Currie
C Chasity Melvin
G Matee Ajavon
G Lindsey Harding
F Swin Cash
F Janell Burse
C Camille Little
G Tanisha Wright
G Sue Bird
Tonight’s officials are Michael Price, Felicia Grinter, and Kevin Sparrock.