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In a Wednesday night doubleheader, the Lynx have a chance to get their first win of the season against the Wings in Minnesota. Further west, the Storm seek to even the regular-season score against the Mercury in enemy territory.

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Seattle Storm v Phoenix Mercury
DeWanna Bonner goes up and the opponents can only look on ...

It’s a Hump Day doubleheader! First up, the Minnesota Lynx seek their first win of the season after losing to Lady Karma the LA Sparks on Sunday, courtesy of a buzz-beater from Chelsea Gray. In the late game, the Seattle Storm hope to even the season series against the Phoenix Mercury in enemy territory.

Wings vs. Lynx

When: Wednesday May 23 at 8:00 p.m. EST

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN | TICKETS

How to watch/listen: WNBA League Pass (worldwide) | Fox Sports North, BOB 106.1 (Minnesota)

Injuries and absences: Glory Johnson (hamstring) and Theresa Plaisance (knee) are out for the Wings while Ariel Powers is a game-time decision. No injuries have been reported by the Lynx.

What to watch: Although the return of Liz Cambage to the league promises to give the Wings an edge, Sylvia Fowles a headache and fans a fun time, this one is really a battle of the guards. Skylar Diggins-Smith is leading the Wings in scoring and assists with 25.1 points and 5.5 dimes per game. For the Lynx, Lindsay Whalen has been the firepower, averaging 17 points and 9 assists per game. Given the Lynx’s “frustrating” loss against the Sparks on Sunday, it would be no surprise if Maya Moore and Fowles look to show out. The Wings are capable of getting a win over the Lynx. However, an angry wild cat is a thing to be reckoned with so a Dallas win is unlikely.

Storm vs. Mercury

When: Wednesday May 23 at 10:00 p.m. EST

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ | TICKETS

How to watch/listen: WNBA League Pass (worldwide) | Fox Sports North, BOB 106.1 (Minnesota)

Injuries and absences: Diana Taurasi (quad) is probable for the Mercury. No injuries have been reported by the Storm.

What to watch: The Storm may have grabbed the preseason wins against the Mercury, but the experience of Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner turned out to be too much in the teams’ first meeting of the season. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Storm, with supporting players offering strong contributions. But, so far, there has been no answer for Bonner, who put up a points-rebounds double-double in Phoenix’s first game of the season against the Wings, but who also brings killer energy to the team’s blocking and stealing game. Even if Taurasi has to sit this one out, the Mercury has the edge to walk away with the win.


Enjoy the game!