WNBA – Seattle Storm Now in Playoff Position

The Storm won on Wednesday night to move into 8th spot in the overall WNBA standings.

The Seattle Storm are only 11-16 on the season, however that record is currently good enough for a playoff spot. Seattle defeated the Dallas Wings on Wednesday night from Key Arena to move into 8th position in the WNBA standings.

The final score in the game from Seattle was 78-66 with Breanna Stewart turning in a double-double. The Team USA member scored 17 and pulled down a solid 12 rebounds in the victory. Jewell Loyd lead all scorers with 23 points on 7-for-15 shooting in a game that Seattle had to be approaching as “must win.”

Currently the difference between 4th place and 2nd-last place in the 12-team WNBA is just five wins. Furthermore, the 34-game regular season is nearing the home-stretch run. Seattle, and the other teams in the thick of things, can’t afford to let home games slip away without victories. That is especially the case when playing another team currently on the playoff bubble.

Dallas, following the loss, are just 9-19 on the year and in 11th place. Had the Wings won, then four teams would have been tied for wins in the standings as both Connecticut and Washington have 10 apiece. As things are with September now here, the standings on the bubble for the WNBA are as follows:

7. Indiana Fever, 12-14

8. Seattle Storm, 11-16

9. Washington Mystics, 10-16

10. Connecticut Sun, 10-17

11. Dallas Wings, 9-19

The New York Liberty are the lowest-ranked team currently guaranteed to make the playoffs. They are 19-8 on the season and sitting in third place. There is a noticeable dropoff after them with the catchable Atlanta Dream at 14-13 on the year and sitting fourth.

Games are at a premium now with Dallas in trouble because they’ve already played 28 of them. With just six remaining, they need to win at all costs to try and get back into the picture. However the standings are so close that any team in the bunch that rattles off a series of wins stands to gain a lot of spots in the standings.

Scoreboard watching on off-nights promises to be a big part of the season from here on out. On that note, there are six games to be played before the start of the weekend. Seattle’s next game is on Friday, one that they will have to travel to Chicago to play in. The Sky are 13-13 so they are a team that the Storm could catch. Game time is at 8:30pm ET with NBATV providing the coverage.

Shane Lambert