Storm-Lynx Preview


The Minnesota Lynx are one victory away from tying the third-longest home win streak in WNBA history.

Standing in their way are the Seattle Storm, owners of the mark the Lynx will try to match.

Minnesota looks for its 18th straight regular-season win at Target Center on Sunday night against Seattle.

In addition to holding the league's best record, the Lynx (15-3) are the Western Conference's only undefeated team at home this season with a 9-0 mark. Their regular-season win streak in Minneapolis dates back to July 12, 2012.

Los Angeles won a record 28 straight at home from 2000-02 and 19 in a row from 2012-13, while Seattle's 18-game stretch from 2010-11 is the third longest.

Minnesota won five of seven against the Storm last year - including a 2-1 edge in the West semifinals - and has won five straight regular-season meetings at home since a 73-71 loss on July 17, 2010.

Minnesota won its eighth straight overall Friday in an 85-63 victory over San Antonio, nine days after its previous contest before the All-Star break. The Lynx haven't lost since July 2 at Los Angeles.

Seimone Augustus tallied 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting and is 23 for 35 over her last three games. Her 52.3 field-goal percentage is one of the best in the league.

The Lynx's 45.7 field-goal percentage is also one of the WNBA's best.

"Just offensive flow, taking what the defense gives me," Augustus told the team's official website. "Most of my shots were probably layups. I maybe had two or three jumpers if I remember clearly. Just the offensive flow has been great."

Seattle (8-10) enters seven games back of Minnesota but has notched back to-back wins, including an 88-79 home victory over Phoenix on Thursday.

The resurgent Tina Thompson finished with 16 points and hit two 3-pointers as the Storm were 11 for 26 from beyond the arc. Thompson scored 23 in a 73-66 win at Los Angeles on July 25 and her 12.5 scoring average is her best in three seasons.

"I've played better in my career, that's for sure," said Thompson, who plans to retire at the end of the year after being the only player to appear in all 17 WNBA seasons. "But I guess I'm playing good for a 38-year-old. But, no, I'm not coming back for another year. No second thoughts."

Seattle has lost four of its last six on the road.