Two teams near the bottom of their respective conferences again look to improve their early season play Sunday.
Seattle (1-3) ranks last in the WNBA in scoring (65.3 points per game), field-goal percentage (39.1) and 3-point percentage (25.0). Since beating Phoenix 75-72 on June 2, the Storm have failed to score 60 in back-to-back losses.
They were outscored 17-4 in the third quarter and shot 33.9 percent overall in Friday’s 68-59 defeat at Atlanta.
“We’re going to have to just keep fighting,” said veteran forward Tina Thompson, who matched Temeka Johnson with a team-high 11 points. “We’re not going to give in. Just going to keep fighting. Keep working, getting better, executing. I think that if we continue to focus on that then we’ll be OK.”
On a positive note, Seattle went 7 of 19 (36.8 percent) from beyond the arc against the Dream after missing all 17 of its 3-point attempts during a 67-58 loss to Tulsa on June 7.
“We just have to be aggressive,” Johnson said. “Take what we want, not what people give us.”
Tanisha Wright averages a team-leading 11.3 points, but she’s totaled 14 on 5-of-19 shooting in the last two games.
She managed 18 points on 38.1 percent shooting while the Storm split their two meetings with Connecticut in 2012.
Camille Little scored 27 and Thompson added 20 as Seattle shot 52.3 percent to snap a nine-game road skid to the Sun with an 89-83 win July 1. The Storm have won four of seven against Connecticut since losing seven straight in the series.
Connecticut (2-4) has played four of its first six on the road, but begins a stretch of four in a row and six of seven at home. The Sun have split their first two home games.
Since opening with an 81-69 win over New York on May 25, the Sun have averaged 70.0 points while losing four of five. Ending that slide likely won’t be easy with key reserve Tan White (broken finger) set to miss a fourth straight contest and Renee Montgomery (sprained ankle) her fifth in a row.
“The Liberty looked like a team that really got after it in the second half,” said coach Anne Donovan, whose team was outscored 54-35 over the final two quarters.
Tina Charles ranks among the league leaders with 19.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, but the Sun center went 3 for 17 from the field while being held to season lows of seven points and four boards Friday.
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