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Preview: Mercury, Storm make WNBA preseason debuts

Two Western Conference teams face off while the Mohegan Sun hosts more preseason games.

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Three more WNBA preseason games are on the schedule for Tuesday May 8. First, we head to Seattle where the Storm hosts the Mercury in both teams’ preseason debuts later this afternoon. Then, we head back to the Mohegan Sun Arena for a preseason doubleheader that tips off at 5 p.m. The Sun, Liberty, Wings and Sparks will now play a different opponent as they figure out what to do with their rotations for the season.

Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury

Where and when: KeyArena at 3 p.m. EST

TV/Streaming: None

The Storm already have one of the strongest young teams in the WNBA with Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. However, it will be most interesting to see how Jordin Canada fares in her WNBA debut. Can she be the true successor to Sue Bird?

As for the Mercury, Oregon State center Marie Gulich will be the one to watch. She will likely be a reserve as long as Brittney Griner is there and healthy, but a strong performance in this game will help Gulich get her fair share of playing time during the regular season.

New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks

Where and when: Mohegan Sun Arena at 5 p.m. EST

TV/Streaming: None

The New York Liberty lost, 76-69, to the Wings last night at the Mohegan Sun, but New York Head Coach Katie Smith leaned toward the bench. Marissa Coleman, who was waived by the Fever not long ago, scored 14 points while rookie Kia Nurse added 10 more. The Sparks lost 68-65 to the Sun in their match, thanks to a Rachel Banham buzzer beater.

Meanwhile, Karlie Samuelson, who was on L.A.’s training camp last year, scored 14 points for the Sparks on 6-of-7 shooting while making two of three three-pointers. The Sparks are really deep and may not have much playing time for her, but it will be interesting to see if she can keep this momentum going against another strong team.

Connecticut Sun vs. Dallas Wings

Where and when: Mohegan Sun Arena at 7 p.m. EST

TV/Streaming: None

The Sun hope to build preseason momentum after Monday’s aforementioned win over the Sparks. Connecticut raced to an early double-digit lead against LA, which didn’t play most of its top stars like Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike.

Connecticut didn’t play Jonquel Jones in the preseason match, but definitely had the fuller roster. Chiney Ogwumike scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while playing just under 15 minutes. Considering that she’s coming off an Achille’s injury, that’s very good to see, even if this game doesn’t count in the standings.

Meanwhile for Dallas, Azura Stevens scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in yesterday’s 76-69 win over the Liberty where she played nearly 30 minutes. Stevens also made three of four three-pointers in the win. It’s kind of Kevin Durant-esque!