Sky descend on Seattle for matchup with Storm (Jul 17, 2017)
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Storm moved into the WNBA's eighth and final playoff position with a win Saturday over Atlanta.
But closing quickly in the rear-view mirror are the Chicago Sky, the team the Storm will host on Tuesday night at KeyArena.
The Sky (6-13), which got off to a slow start after trading All-Star Elena Delle Donne to Washington in the offseason, had a three-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a 112-106 double-overtime loss at Dallas.
Center Stefanie Dolson had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds in the loss and was named Monday as the Eastern Conference's player of the week.
Jessica Breland scored a season-high 23 points and Allie Quigley added 22 for Chicago. Courtney Vandersloot had 10 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and a career-best tying five steals.
"(Vandersloot's) a point guard for a reason," Dolson told The Summitt. "She sees things other people don't. She'll pass me the ball sometimes when I don't even know I'm open. It's fun to play with a player like that."
Seattle forward Breanna Stewart had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Storm defeated the Dream 90-84 on Saturday at home. Stewart received the league's Western Conference player of the week award.
Teammate Crystal Langhorne added a season-high 20 points against Atlanta, going 9 of 9 from the field.
Langhorne has made 18 straight field-goal attempts in the past three games, five makes shy of the WNBA record set by Los Angeles' Nneka Ogwumike last year.
"It's who she is," Storm coach Jenny Boucek told The Seattle Times. "Consistency is her middle name.
"We don't call many plays for Lang. (It's) so different from what she's grown up with, and for her to have the character to accept that, it just warms my heart that she's getting some reward now from humbling herself and playing whatever role we need her to play."
The Storm (9-10) will be looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since late May and reach .500 at the All-Star break.
"Things haven't gone the best for us," Langhorne told The Times. "But hopefully we can end our halfway point with a win."
This will be the first of three meetings between the Storm and Sky this season.