Indiana Fever will be aiming for four consecutive losses when hosting the Seattle Storm in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Indiana (5-17) has the worst WNBA record of the season and is far from the playoff hunt at the Eastern Conference. Seattle (13-8), on the other hand, has the second best record at the Western Conference and hopes that the addition of Tina Charles will increase the chances of achieving the championship goal.
Charles hasn't had a big impact yet. Since being released from her struggling Phoenix Mercury, she has played in Storm and three games. The 33-year-old center hasn't started in Seattle yet, hasn't played in the game for more than 20 minutes, and averages 5 points and 5 rebounds per game, well below Phoenix's average of 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. She takes 33.1 minutes per game.
With Storm's 90-76 defeat against the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, Charles scored just two points (1 to 6 shots) and two rebounds in a 14-minute action. ..
Seattle coach Noel Quinn wants Charles to become more accustomed to the Seattle system.
"It's just strategic about how we teach. We didn't have much time," Quinn said. "So, especially in this (all-star) break, you just use more film. Practice time will obviously benefit from (Charles) being on the court and getting up and flowing.
Indiana lost to the storm on Friday 73-57. Seattle has been playing games since then, but Fever has kept the loss a bit down. Indiana hasn't won the match since it shocked the Chicago Sky with a two-point victory on June 19.
In her final defeat in Seattle, rookie Lexie Hull started her first career in place of Victoria Vivian, who had been competing for her shoulder injury. Hull, who was ranked 6th overall from Stanford University in the 2022 draft, made her first start with 4 points (2 to 11 shots), 5 rebounds and 2 assists with more than 24 minutes of action. I'm done. Carlos Knox, Indiana's interim coach, complemented Hull's efforts despite the unsuccessful shot.
"I thought it was decent," Knox told The Indianapolis Star. .. .. I think she tasted good. I think it was good for her. We will continue to grow.
– Field-level media