(Bradenton, FL) – What a shot and what an incredible victory for the Seattle Storm. Trailing 89-87 with 0.8 seconds left in the game, Sue Bird inbounded the ball into the corner to Jewell Loyd who got the shot off just in the nick of time. The ball rattled around for a slight moment and dropped through the net as Seattle’s players screamed in excitement. The Storm won the game 90-89 and the victory improves their record to 15-3 on the season with four games left to play.
The victory was absolutely critical as Seattle is still pushing to lock up a double-bye to begin the WNBA playoffs and the ability to avoid all single-elimination games by finishing with a top-two seed. While the Storm still have a little bit of work to do in that regard, the win gives them a three-game lead over Los Angeles (due to the tiebreaker) with just four games remaining.
Jewell Loyd was the standout player in this game. Not only did she hit the game-winning buzzer-beater at the end of regulation; she also led the Storm in scoring with 25 points. Loyd was vital, especially in the first half where the Storm trailed by as many as 13 points. Loyd’s 15 points in the first half helped keep Seattle afloat and within striking distance avoiding a complete blowout.
All of Seattle’s starters played quite well and carried the team. Despite some more shooting struggles, Breanna Stewart put up a near triple-double with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists. Stewart shot just 33% on 7-21 shooting including just 1-5 from beyond the three-point arc.
Natasha Howard on the other hand was extremely efficient shooting 6-7 FG from the floor, scoring 13 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Howard has now scored double figures in eight straight games. A welcome sign after going the first ten games without reaching double digits.
Alysha Clark scored eight points and gathered seven rebounds. She also had two assists and snatched four steals in another strong defensive effort. Clark also hit a critical three and scored five points in the 4th quarter as Seattle battled to regain the lead.
Lastly, Sue Bird had a very nice, albeit quiet game. Bird scored 10 points and dished out seven assists in Seattle’s win. She had to play extra time (over 30 minutes) because Jordin Canada missed this game with a knee injury that she suffered a couple of days ago against the Washington Mystics. While there’s no major play that stands out from Bird’s performance, she was efficient with her shots knocking down 4-6 FG including some key midrange jumpers in the second half.
Candace Parker was absolutely sensational leading her team in scoring with 25 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three blocks. Parker shot 64% (9-14) for the game including 5-6 from three-point range. She also played excellent defense against Breanna Stewart on most of the plays forcing Stewart into a poor shooting night.
In total, the Sparks had four players in double figures with Chelsea Gray scoring 18 points and tossing out six assists. Brittney Sykes had a very impressive game with 17 points. She also played great defense and had four steals and one block. Loyd did hit the game-winner over her but she couldn’t have defended that possession much better than that. And Riquna Williams had 10 points off the bench including a huge burst in the 2nd quarter.
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The Washington Mystics (5-12) snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Sky (11-8). Injuries have completely derailed this season for Chicago as they have now lost four of their last five games. While Chicago has already clinched a playoff spot, the Sky have now fallen all the way down to the 6th seed. In part because of their own play, but also because the Phoenix Mercury have now won five straight games after Brittney Griner left the Wubble.
The Mystics had four players score in double figures with Leilani Mitchell leading the charge with 20 points and 12 assists! Myisha Hines-Allen also had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Emma Meesseman added 15 points and five assists while Ariel Atkins had 13 points.
The victory for Washington was actually extremely important because they are just 1/2 game out of the 8th and final playoff spot with five games to go. The spot is currently owned by the Dallas Wings who have lost two games in a row. And wouldn’t you know those two teams will face off against each other on Sunday!
Speaking of Dallas, the Wings (6-12) fell short against the Minnesota Lynx (13-5) on Friday. Minnesota outscored Dallas 47-36 in the 2nd half to claim the win.
Minnesota saw all five starters score in double figures and had six players total hit that mark. Damiris Dantas led the team in scoring with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Last year’s rookie of the year, Napheesa Collier, also had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Odyssey Sims (16 points), Crystal Dangerfield (15 points, 5 assists), Bridget Carleton (11 points), and Rachel Banham (11 points) were the other players to score more than ten.
The 2017 rookie of the year, Allisha Gray, led the Wings in scoring with 26 points. Arike Ogunbowale scored just 14 points on a poor night of shooting going 4-15 from the floor including 1-7 from three-point range. Katie Lou Samuelson added 11 points off the bench as the only other player to score in double figures.
Of note, this game actually snapped Ogunbowale’s 28 game streak of scoring at least 15 points or more. It was the first game dating back to last season (her rookie year) where she didn’t score at least 15 points. The 28 game scoring streak was the third-longest in WNBA history. Arike did reach the 1,000 career point mark in this game which is quite the accomplishment still so early into her career.
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(Bradenton, FL) – A sign of a very good team is the ability to win in a variety of ways. The Storm have proven they can do that this season. It’s a big reason Seattle sits atop the WNBA standings with a 14-3 record.
Seattle’s offense was putrid, shooting below 39% for the game (24-62). Thankfully, they did a tremendous job in other facets of the game. The Storm outrebounded the Mystics 43-25. They also got to the foul line significantly more, going 18-22 from the charity stripe while the Mystics went just five times (5-5). Lastly, Seattle’s calling card all season has been their defensive intensity. The Storm held Washington to just 38% field goal shooting (26-69). And just 26% from three-point range (7-27). A stark contrast from the first game where the Mystics shot 47% from beyond the arc and drained 15 threes. I did not believe that performance would be easily duplicated and it was not. Seattle held Washington to 25 points below their point total from the first game between these two squads.
Breanna Stewart had one of the worst shooting games of her WNBA career, going 4-17 from the floor in this game. But the great players always find a way to succeed. Despite the shooting woes, Stewart finished the game with a team-high 16 points and 14 rebounds. She also held Myisha Hines-Allen in check on the defensive end, holding the Mystics’ leading scorer to just two points in this game.
Natasha Howard, on her birthday, also had another strong game scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds, including five offensive boards that played a big role in Seattle getting more scoring opportunities. When the outcome of a game is in the single digits, those extra effort plays by Howard go a long way. Seattle had a 13-2 edge on 2nd chance points. Howard also earned her 1,000 career rebound in this game!
Jewell Loyd was the only other Storm player to score in double figures in this low scoring game. Loyd had 13 points, eight of which came in the first quarter alone as she helped Seattle get off to a hot start.
The Mystics were led in scoring by Emma Meesseman who had 17 points. Only two other players scored in double figures with Jacki Gemelos and former Storm 1st round pick Tianna Hawkins netting 10 apiece. Seattle did an incredible job defensively on Ariel Atkins (9 points) and Myisha Hines-Allen (2 points) limiting those two to just 11 points in this game. Those two scored a combined 39 points (22 for Atkins and 17 for Hines-Allen) in the first match up.
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The Minnesota Lynx (12-5) got an important victory over the Chicago Sky (11-7) by a final score of 86-83. Minnesota has now swept the season series against Chicago thanks to an 83-81 victory near the beginning of the season. Despite being 1.5 games up on Chicago in the standings; by owning the tiebreaker Minnesota now holds a 2.5 game lead over Chicago for the important 4th overall seed. Chicago now has just four games left on their schedule to try and make up that ground. The 3rd and 4th seeds get an automatic bye in the first round of the playoffs and only have to play one single-elimination game instead of two.
Damiris Dantas scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx. Rookies Crystal Dangerfield (15 points, 7 assists) and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan (10 points) were the only other players to score in double figures for the Lynx.
The Chicago Sky had four players score in double figures led by Allie Quigley’s 23 points. Cheyenne Parker had a monster game with 20 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. Courtney Vandersloot also had another double-double with 13 points and 12 assists. Kahleah Copper added 10 points and six rebounds for Chicago in a losing effort.
It should be noted that former Seattle Storm player, Allie Quigley, is now the Sky’s All-Time leader in points scored with 3,002. She has surpassed Sylvia Fowles for the number one spot in Chicago Sky history.
It’s been quite the week for the married couple, as Courtney Vandersloot also set a new WNBA record with 18 assists in a single game earlier this week.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Sparks (13-4) got a nice 91-83 win over the Dallas Wings (6-11). The victory for Los Angeles combined with Las Vegas’ loss to Phoenix on Tuesday means the Sparks have now climbed back into the 2nd overall seed in the WNBA standings.
Candace Parker led all scorers with 22 points. She also had 10 rebounds and six assists. Brittney Sykes scored 19 points, while Chelsea Gray had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 10 points as the only other player to score in double figures.
Dallas, who is clinging to the 8th and final playoff spot, was led by the 17 points and five assists of Arike Ogunbowale. Satou Sabally is making a late case for Rookie of the Year discussion with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Wings had five players score in double figures with the others being Allisha Gray (16 pts), Marina Mabrey (13 pts), and Kayla Thorton (11 pts, 7 rebs).
The Seattle Storm (14-3) will face off against the Los Angeles Sparks (13-4) in a hugely critical game on Friday, September 4th at 7:00 PM PST. It is such an important game for the Storm because a win against Los Angeles would go a long way in securing the double-bye into the Semi-Finals of the WNBA Playoffs. Seattle has already beaten Los Angeles once this season. If the Storm were to win again on Friday they would be two games up on the Los Angeles Spark, but also own the tiebreaker so essentially three games up on LA with four games to play. Conversely, if LA were to beat Seattle, both teams would be tied for 1st place at 14-4.
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(Bradenton, FL) – After returning to action on Saturday morning, the Storm made a strong message on the court and an even stronger one off of it. The Storm defeated the Chicago Sky 88-74 to win their second game in a row and improve their record to a WNBA best 13-3. The Sky fall to 10-6 on the season, they have the best record in the Eastern Conference but are 5th overall in the standings.
Seattle got monster games from Breanna Stewart and Natasha Howard. Stewart led all scorers with 21 points and eight rebounds. Howard continues to shine recently, putting up a gigantic double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds! Howard has scored 10 points or more in six consecutive games and is averaging 13.5 points per game during that run. It’s great to see Howard get back to her true potential after struggling early on this season.
The Storm were firing on all cylinders with six players scoring in double figures for the team. Jewell Loyd had 12 points and led her team with three steals. Alysha Clark had another strong performance with 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Ezi Magbegor made an instant impact off the bench scoring 11 points and Epiphanny Prince added 10 points off the bench as well. Seattle’s bench outscored Chicago 24-17.
Jordin Canada continues to struggle with her shot. But she dished out a team-high nine assists in the victory.
Chicago was led by Kahleah Copper who had 19 points and six rebounds. The Sky had four players total in double figures with Allie Quigley 11 points, Ruthy Hebard 11 points and six rebounds, and Gabby Williams with 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Courtney Vandersloot was just short of a double-double with nine points and nine assists.
The Sky were short-handed in this game as the team announced prior to tip-off that both Azurá Stevens and Diamond DeShields had left the WNBA Bubble in Bradenton, Florida.
Stevens started missing games recently although there was never a specific moment in any recent game where she suffered a major injury. Today it was announced she would miss the remainder of the WNBA season (you can read more at the link above). DeShields has been dealing with injuries all season long and has played well below expectations, obviously being affected by these injuries. It is unclear if DeShields will return to the Bubble and Chicago this season.
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The Las Vegas Aces continue to put pressure on the Storm as they just keep on winning. On Saturday morning, they easily dispatched of the lowly New York Liberty 80-63. The Aces improve their record to 12-3 just 1/2 game behind Seattle for the #1 overall seed. Las Vegas used a 24-7 4th quarter to take down the Liberty. A’ja Wilson led her team in scoring with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Vegas had five players score in double figures including Dearica Hamby (17 points, 10 rebounds), Sugar Rodgers (12 points), Kayla McBride (10 points), and Angel McCoughtry (10 points, 6 rebounds).
The Liberty were led by Paris Kea who had 14 points off the bench. Kiah Stokes added 12 points and nine rebounds. Layshia Clarendon was the only other player to reach double figures with 11 points and a team-high four assists. And while Amanda Zahui B. did not have a great game scoring the ball (2-11 FG shooting), she did set a new career-high with 21 rebounds! The Liberty fall to 2-13 on the season and remain in last place in the WNBA.
In the third game of the day, we saw two of the younger teams in the league battling for a very important playoff position. Entering the game the Indiana Fever held a 1/2 game lead over Dallas for the 8th and final playoff spot. However, behind Arike Ogunbowale’s 30 point performance Dallas was able to defeat Indiana 82-78. The victory was extremely important for the Wings (6-10) as it not only moved them into the last playoff spot but it also gave them the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Fever (5-10). So if both teams finish the season with identical records the Wings will be the ones headed to the postseason.
Arike scored 30 points, but there was a moment in the 2nd quarter that had everyone extremely nervous. While driving to the basket, Ogunbowale jumped up for a short-range shot and came down on another player’s foot rolling her ankle badly. She hobbled out of bounds and was holding her ankle for quite a while. She took her two free throws and Dallas called a timeout as Arike needed assistance walking off the court.
Besides Arike, the Wings had three other players score in double figures. 2nd overall pick, Satou Sabally, had an impressive double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. 2017 Rookie of the Year, Allisha Gray had 13 points while Marina Mabrey added 10 points, 7 rebounds, and four assists. Mabrey also had a huge three-ball in the corner in the final 10 seconds to secure the victory for Dallas.
Crazy enough, it was the Indiana Fever that had six different players score in double figures but it wasn’t enough. Kelsey Mitchell led the way with 19 points. Tiffany Mitchell (13 pts), Candice Dupree (11 pts 9 rebs), Natalie Achonwa (11 pts, 8 rebs), Julie Allemand (10 pts), and Teaira McCowan (10 pts) were the other players to score ten or more.
It comes as a bit of a surprise after Seattle played 10 games in 20 days in the month of August. But the Storm actually won’t play again until next Wednesday, September 2nd against the Washington Mystics at 7:00 PM PST. The game will air nationally on CBS Sports Network or if you’re local in the Seattle area Joe TV (Comcast Channel 10/110).
Seattle will look to get revenge as the Mystics handed the Storm their largest defeat earlier this season 89-71. In that game, Washington knocked down 15 three-pointers and shot 47% for the game from beyond the arc. They shot over 60% from three in the first half of that game on their way to an 18 point half-time lead.
Since that game, both teams have largely gone in opposite directions with the Storm winning 11 of 13 games and the losing 10 of their next 11 games.
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(Bradenton, FL) – The Seattle Storm (12-3) did what they had to do on Tuesday night. It wasn’t always pretty. It certainly wasn’t completely dominant like we’ve seen from them this season. But at the end of the day, they got their revenge over Indiana defeating the Fever 87-74.
The Storm were led by their frontcourt in this one. Breanna Stewart led the team in scoring with 27 points. She also had nine rebounds, four assists, four steals, and two blocked shots as Stewart continues to make her case for the league’s MVP award.
Natasha Howard continues to improve her game after getting off to a slow start this season. Howard had 13 points, nine rebounds, and three steals against Indiana. She also made several good hustle plays and a beautiful outlet pass to Jewell Loyd at one point.
Alysha Clark started the game strong scoring all 11 of her points in the first half. She also had eight rebounds. The three starting frontcourt players combined for 51 of Seattle’s 87 points and 26 of the team’s 30 rebounds.
While Seattle’s bench continues to struggle to score with Jordin Canada moving into the starting lineup due to the Sue Bird injury, Sami Whitcomb did have a strong night scoring 11 points off the bench for Seattle.
Overall, the team got much stronger contributions than we have seen over their previous two defeats.
Seattle also won this game how they’ve won most of their games this season, with defense. The Storm held the Fever to under 40% field goal shooting (25-64) and just under 31% (8-26) from three-point range. One of the biggest differences between the two games was Indiana’s three-point shooting. In the first game, they were on fire from beyond the arc going 12-24 (50%). Seattle also forced Indiana into 20 turnovers and the Storm were able to capitalize with 26 points off turnovers.
And while Indiana still rebounded well against Seattle. Converting on two separate possessions where they got three shot attempts after pulling down multiple offensive rebounds, much to the frustration of many Storm fans. Seattle at least kept the rebounding differential much closer this time. In the first game, Seattle was outrebounded 46-30. On Tuesday night, they closed that gap to 35-30.
Indiana was led in scoring by Kennedy Burke who had 17 points. Kelsey Mitchell added 15 points while Natalie Achonwa had 11 points. Rookie of the Year candidate Julie Allemand played really well, especially early in this game where she scored eight of her 11 points in the first half. She also had five assists which tied for a team-high.
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Upset alert! The New York Liberty (2-12) upset the Chicago Sky (10-5) 101-99. It was just the Liberty’s 2nd win all season long. Layshia Clarendon got fouled with the game tied 99-99 with less than one second left in the 4th quarter. She calmly knocked down both free throws and it allowed the Liberty to pull off one of the biggest upsets this WNBA season.
Amanda Zahui B. had a monster game for New York with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Layshia Clarendon had 17 points, five assists, and the game-winning free throws. Five players in total scored in double figures including Kiah Stokes (14 points), Jocelyn Willoughby (14 points), and Paris Kea (10 points).
All five starters scored in double figures for Chicago. Allie Quigley led all scorers with 29 points. Courtney Vandersloot had 15 points, nine assists, and four rebounds as she continues to prove she should be in the MVP discussion. Kahleah Copper (15 points, 6 rebounds), Gabby Williams (12 points, 8 rebounds), and Stefanie Dolson (10 points, five rebounds) were the other players in double figures. Cheyenne Parker added nine points off the bench. But the Sky were limited to just eight players in this game with both Azura Stevens and Diamond DeShields still out with injuries.
The Las Vegas Aces (11-3) took care of business defeating the Dallas Wings (5-10) by a score of 96-92. The Wings kept the game reasonably close, but just as they did against Seattle, the Aces used a huge 2nd quarter to outscore the Wings by ten 29-19 to take control of this game.
A’ja Wilson continues her quest for her first MVP trophy with another impressive stat line. She scored 26 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and had three assists. Dearica Hamby was huge off the bench with 18 points and 14 rebounds. It reminded me why I was hoping the Storm could sign Hamby away from the Aces a couple of years ago.
In total, Vegas had five players score in double figures. On top of Wilson and Hamby, Kayla McBride chipped in 15 points, Angel McCoughtry had 12 points, and last year’s number one overall pick, Jackie Young, scored 11 points and had four assists off the bench.
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(Bradenton, FL) – Well, this was not the outcome Storm fans were hoping for. For a second consecutive game, the Storm struggled to get their offense going and were just completely outmuscled and out hustled. After losing to the Indiana Fever on Thursday night, Seattle dropped another game. This time to the Las Vegas Aces (10-3) in an epic clash between the league’s top two teams. While it was the Storm (11-3) that entered the game as the top-seeded team in the WNBA, it was Las Vegas that actually looked like the best team after defeating the Seattle 82-74. And frankly, the game wasn’t that close. Seattle used a 22-13 4th quarter to make the game closer than it truly was.
“The league will humble you no matter who you are.” ~ Coach Gary Kloppenburg
Las Vegas outrebounded Seattle 44-34 on the glass.
Breanna Stewart led the way for Seattle with 29 points 18 rebounds. She had a monster game. But she still didn’t shoot the ball particularly well going 10-25 (40%). She also shot just 2-8 (25%) from beyond the arc.
Natasha Howard had her highest-scoring game of the season with 16 points. She also pulled down nine rebounds.
Alysha Clark and Jordin Canada were the only other players to score in double figures. Clark had 11 points and Canada had 10. However, the majority of their points came in the 2nd half when the game was mostly out of hand already.
The fact Seattle had four players score in double figures wasn’t so much the problem. That’s pretty normal. The real problem was that no one else besides those four players scored more than three points in the entire game!
Jewell Loyd, fresh off her 35 point career-high against Indiana really laid an egg against Las Vegas. In 30 minutes, she shot 1-11 (9%) and scored just 3 points. It’s possible Loyd was too exhausted from carrying the team on her back against Indiana when no one else showed up; she just had nothing left for Vegas. Either way, hopefully, she’ll fix things quickly because the Storm need her to score for them to be at their best.
For the rest of the crew, the bench managed to score just five points. This is just two games removed from when that same group scored 49 points against the New York Liberty. Obviously, the 49 points won’t ever be the norm. But Seattle’s reserves did score 25 or more points in four straight games during their nine-game winning streak.
By comparison, Las Vegas had 34 points off the bench led by Danielle Robinson who had a stellar game with 16 points and seven assists. Dearica Hamby (8 points) and Jackie Young (7 points) also made strong contributions off the Aces’ bench.
A’ja Wilson has been incredible this season. On Saturday against Seattle, she was phenomenal scoring a team-high 23 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. She also caused a ton of problems for Seattle on defense. Including making Breanna Stewart really earn all of her 29 points. Stewart had to take 25 shots to make those 29 points.
Wilson is currently 2nd in the WNBA in scoring at 19.8 PPG. She is third in rebounds at 8.8 PG and third in Blocks per game at 1.5.
Her stats are very similar to Breanna Stewart’s but generally just a little bit better. A lot of people are talking about Stewart being the league’s MVP, but Wilson is certainly right up there. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the award ended up going to the player who’s team ends up with the better record. Currently, Seattle has just a 1/2 game lead over Las Vegas and Vegas has the much easier schedule down the stretch.
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(Bradenton, FL) – Seattle’s nine-game winning streak was ended on Thursday evening as the Indiana Fever shocked the WNBA world with a 90-84 upset victory over the top-seeded Seattle Storm. Indiana really came out and earned this victory. There was nothing cheap about it. They played exceptional defense on Seattle holding the Storm to just 44% shooting (28-64) but more importantly limiting Seattle to 24% (5-21) from beyond the three-point line.
This game came down to two major differences. The Indiana Fever outrebounded the Storm 46-30; including 14-5 on the offensive glass. And Seattle got most of those offensive rebounds in the 4th quarter as they had just one through most of the game. That was huge for the Fever, they limited Seattle to one and done on the offensive end and on a night when the Storm weren’t shooting well, especially from long distance.
Indiana just executed their offense so much better during this game. They played within themselves and knocked down their open threes; something we’re used to seeing Seattle do. The Fever shot 50% (12-24) from beyond the arc. That was seven more threes than Seattle hit, a point differential of 21.
It was very reminiscent of the loss to the Washington Mystics. The Mystics shot 47% (15-32) from three in that game while Seattle only manged 20% on 5-25 shooting.
The Fever were led in scoring by Kennedy Burke who had a new career-high 23 points on 7-13 shooting. The Fever had several players contributing in this game which was a stark contrast to the Storm. They played just eight players and five of them scored in double figures. Seven of the eight scored six points or more.
Kelsey Mitchell got hot in the 2nd half and scored 17 points. Rookie of the Year candidate Julie Allemand added 12 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Natalie Achonwa was extremely effective in limited minutes scoring 14 points, gathering six rebounds, and dishing out four assists in just 16 minutes off the bench.
Jewell Loyd was tremendous in this game. Just absolutely fantastic! She literally did it all for the team. It was really fun to watch because you saw how dynamic of a scorer she is and can be. Loyd scored a new career-high 35 points on 12-19 FG shooting (63%). She did it in a variety of ways too! Knocking down three treys, attacking the basket with speed and ferocity, and getting to the foul line frequently (going 8-9 on FT).
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(Bradenton, FL) – This one was …. not close. The Storm led 10-0 and never looked back. This game from the get-go seemed unfair. You had the best team in the WNBA versus the worst team in the league. The end result of a win was expected. But the dominant performance by Seattle was still incredibly impressive nonetheless. The Storm defeated the New York Liberty 105-64.
This wasn’t just an impressive victory against the Liberty. It was a beatdown of epic proportions! It’s not unheard of to double up your opponent in a basketball game. But that’s usually when the score is 10-5 or 20-10. In the 4th quarter of Tuesday night’s game, Seattle had doubled New York’s score 90-44.
Seattle had six players score in double figures led by a returning Epiphanny Prince who had 16 points including going 4-4 from three-point range. Jewell Loyd, Sami Whitcomb, and Breanna Stewart each had 14 points. While Natasha Howard had her second double-double in a row with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sue Bird rounded out the group with 10 points and 7 assists.
The Liberty looked like a team that has seven rookies on their roster. Seattle’s defense held them to just 33% shooting (22-67) for the game and forced them into 23 turnovers. Kia Nurse led the team in scoring with 21 points, however 12 of those came in garbage time in the 4th quarter with all of Seattle’s starters on the bench. Amanda Zahui B. and Jazmine Jones each had 10 as the only other players to score in double figures.
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On their way to a ninth straight win and best start in franchise history, the Seattle Storm exploded out of the gate Tuesday and never slowed down, routing the New York Liberty, 105-64. The win, coupled with Las Vegas’ loss to Chicago, puts the Storm 2.5 games clear atop the WNBA standings with 10 to go.
Six players reached double figures for the Storm (11-1), led by 16 points by Epiphanny Prince, who also sank four of Seattle’s 13 shots from behind the arc. Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd, and Sami Whitcomb each added 14 points, Natasha Howard provided 12 points to go with 11 rebounds, and the legend Sue Bird added 10 points and seven assists.
Half the team in double figures.
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 19, 2020
New York (1-10) shot just 33 percent (22 of 67) from the field, including an abysmal 22 percent (6 of 27) behind the arc and committed 23 turnovers. In comparison, the Storm shot 53 percent (41 of 77) from the floor and 52 percent (13 of 25) from long range.
Seattle jumped out to a 10-0 lead while the Liberty wouldn’t make a field goal until midway through the first. Whitcomb’s triple gave the Storm a 27-16 lead after one. Leading by 15 midway through the second, the Storm put together a 13-1 run to go ahead 53-26, the moment in the game that essentially sunk a New York team still playing without rookie Sabrina Ionescu. Bird pushed the lead past 30 just inside of a minute to play in the half, and the Storm took a 61-28 advantage into the break.
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 19, 2020
Stewart hit a jumper to make it 76-36 midway through the third and the Storm doubled up the Liberty through three frames, taking an 84-42 lead into the fourth. Seattle would take its largest lead – 93-46 – with six minutes to play, and reach the century mark on a triple by Prince with 1:17 to play. The final total of 105 points is Seattle’s highest of the season, and the Storm have now beaten five straight opponents by 18 points or more.
Kia Nurse led all scorers with 21 points, and Liberty teammates Jazmin Jones and Amanda Zahui B each added 10 for New York, who has lost five straight games. Seattle returns to the floor Thursday to face the Indiana Fever (4-7) at 5 pm PST.
(Bradenton, FL) – The Seattle Storm won again on Sunday with another dominant victory over the Connecticut Sun 95-72. The Sun were actually one of the hottest teams in the WNBA winners of four of the previous five games entering Sunday’s contest. However, they were no match for Seattle’s up-tempo offense or incredible depth.
Breanna Stewart led five Storm players in double figures with 19 points. She also had five rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots.
“It’s ridiculous how good Breanna Stewart is.” ~ ESPN commentator Ryan Ruocco
Natasha Howard had her best game of the season with a season-high 12 points and 11 rebounds. She looked more like her 2019 self where she won the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Howard had active hands throughout this game and ended up with three steals and two blocked shots.
Jewell Loyd continued her strong overall play scoring 11 points and dishing out a team-high five assists.
Sue Bird, recovering from her knee injury, did not shoot the ball particularly well early in the game staring 1-5 on FG shooting. But as great players do, she kept shooting and the shots began to fall. Bird finished with 13 points including shooting 50% from beyond the arc (3-6).
Sami Whitcomb was the 5th player to score more than ten. She had 14 points off the bench including going 80% from three-point range (4-5). This included a miraculous 41 footer at the buzzer to end the third quarter. Whitcomb has truly been the best we’ve ever seen. When she gets her minutes, she’s contributing in a big way. Whitcomb is averaging a career-best 9.9 PPG and shooting nearly 51% from the floor and 49% from three.
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