The Minnesota Lynx will play host to the Seattle Storm in an elimination game on Tuesday night.
The defending-champion Lynx were also pushed to a Game 3 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last season. Forward Rebekkah Brunson hopes that having that experience will be a difference maker:
"We did put ourselves in a similar situation last year so we know that it's not over. We know if we come out on Tuesday night and play the way that we're supposed to play, and focus in, then we're in a good position."
But if they are going to have any chance at a repeat, Minnesota will have to improve on Sunday night's disappointing double-overtime loss. A win would advance the Lynx to the conference finals, where they'd take on the Los Angeles Sparks.
Minnesota should like its chances, since the team was a WNBA-best 16-1 at home this season. The Lynx also won three of their four regular season meetings with the Storm.
Still, the Storm came into the playoffs hot, winning three in a row to end the season.
Tuesday's game will air on ESPN 2.