On Wednesday evening the Minnesota Lynx will face the defending champion Seattle Storm in a single-elimination first round matchup. These two teams have had very similar seasons. Both finished 2019 with an 18-16 record. Each of them also had to deal with several missing starters from last season as well as copious injuries during the 2019 season. Let’s take a closer look at this great matchups between the last two WNBA champions.
Even looking at advanced statistics for these two teams, Minnesota and Seattle seem like funhouse mirror images of each other. When comparing the four factors of winning—effective field goal percentage (eFG%), offensive rebound percentage, free throw rate, and turnover percentage—both teams have an eerily similar profile.