The Seattle Storm are looking to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five-game semifinal series against the Minnesota Lynx.

In Game 1 Tuesday night, it was a close one throughout but thanks to Storm forward Alysha Clark’s putback buzzer-beater Seattle was victorious.

For being one of the best defensive teams in the league during the regular season, the Storm had a few lapses on that end of the floor against the Lynx Tuesday night.

Seattle did, however, hold Rookie of the Year and Minnesota guard Crystal Dangerfield to four points on 2-of-8 shooting. Dangerfield averaged 16.2 points per game during the regular season.

Storm coach Gary Kloppenburg was pleased with his team’s defense on the standout rookie, but knows there are plenty of other areas on the defensive end that he’d like his team to clean up, particularly when defending Lynx forward Napheesa Collier.

Collier led Minnesota in the loss with 25 points while shooting 10-of-17 from the field.  

We did a good job with Dangerfield. She’s been kind of their catalyst lately, but they have multiple good playmakers. Collier was really outstanding… Posting up, putting down on the floor. I think she had some block shots as well… I felt like we were just a step slow with our rotations trying to get out to the three-point shooters… We’ve got to be a little more locked in defensively next game.


Storm HC Gary Kloppenburg said following Tuesday’s win

Coach Kloppenburg also gave the Lynx a lot of credit for the way they knock down jumpers with ease on the perimeter. He mentioned that reviewing game film will be a key piece in how they defend Minnesota in Game 2. 

The Storm and Lynx tip-off Game 2 at 4:30pm PST on ESPN 2 Thursday.