Seattle Storm Vs. Connecticut Sun On NBA TV At 7 p.m.: Sun Try To Disrupt KeyArena Winning Streak

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 26: (L-R) Swin Cash #2, Camille Little #20, Tanisha Wright #30, Katie Smith #14 and Sue Bird #10 of the Seattle Storm celebrate after defeating the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA game at US Airways Center on July 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Storm defeated the Mercury 83-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Seattle Storm enter tonight's game against the Connecticut Sun having won four of five games and moving into a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference with the Phoenix Mercury and San Antonio Silver Stars. But gaining a small edge over their idle conference rivals won't be an easy task. As the Sun pursue first place in the Eastern Conference, they'll be just as hungry for a road win tonight. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. PST at KeyArena and televised on NBA TV and broadcast online at WNBA LiveAccess. For more on the Storm and the WNBA, visit SB Nation's women's basketball site Swish Appeal.

The Seattle Storm's (11-8) first meeting against the Connecticut Sun (12-6) pretty much illustrates how difficult a challenge they are, even with the added benefit of playing in KeyArena.

In a 75-70 loss in Conecticut that saw the Storm get down by as many as 19 points before an extended surge, All-Star center Tina Charles did a little bit of everything one could expect from a center in scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Even with Storm center Ashley Robinson's significant improvement this season, facing Charles presents a problem that makes 2010 MVP Lauren Jackson's absence most strongly felt.

Yet perhaps more significant for the Sun is their improved play on the perimeter. Third-year point guard Renee Montgomery has blossomed into an All-Star reserve and is arguably one of the top point guards in the league this season. Far more of a scorer than the league's other top point guards, Montgomery's quickness from the point and ability to get to the free throw line make her extremely difficult to guard with teams also forced to pay attention to Charles inside. With veteran guard (and ESPN analyst) Kara Lawson shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc, the Sun can pose a challenge when they're clicking on all cylinders.

But as the Storm's 7-1 record at KeyArena suggests, their defense at home this season has been stifling, most recently holding the rival San Antonio Silver Stars to 29.4 percent shooting in the third quarter to hold off a run in Tuesday's 78-64 win.

After the Silver Stars traveled to Minnesota and lost a thriller to the Lynx last night, the Storm have an opportunity to move into sole possession of second place by a half game tonight with a win.

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