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Scouting report

Seattle Storm (7-6) at Chicago Sky (7-8)

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When: 6 p.m., today

Where: Allstate Arena

TV: ESPN2

Last time: On Saturday, the Storm lost to the host Minnesota Lynx, 69-62 and the visiting Sky lost to the Atlanta Dream, 76-68.

Skinny: The Sky and center Sylvia Fowles, who leads the WNBA in scoring (20.4 ppg) and was named the Eastern Conference player of the week Monday, will try to get back on track in front of a national television audience. The Sky fell to Atlanta on Saturday and saw its road record drop to 1-6. The good news for the Sky is that its record at Allstate Arena is 6-2. Even better, Seattle is just 2-5 on the road. The Storm has been riding out its own storm. Forward Lauren Jackson, the 2010 league MVP as well as a seven-time first-team all-WNBA selection and an eight-time all-star, has been out for a month with a hip injury. She's played in only five games and the Storm has gone 4-4 without her. Not that the Storm is without weapons. Forward Swin Cash is a slippery scorer and leads Seattle with 16.4 points per game. Fellow University of Connecticut alum Sue Bird, one of the best point guards in the WNBA, averages 15.5 points and 5 assists per game. In addition to Fowles, the Sky has been getting consistent play from guard Epiphanny Prince (16.2 ppg) and a nice spark off the bench from guard Erin Thorn.

Next: Sky at Indiana Fever, 6 p.m. Thursday

-- Patricia Babcock McGraw

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