KeyArena was rocking Sunday afternoon with scarcely 9,000 Storm fans there to watch an epic strife between dual of a tip teams in a WNBA. Entering a game, a Storm had a best record in a joining during 14-5 and a Washington Mystics came in with a 3rd best record during 12-6. From a get go, it felt like a playoff atmosphere in Seattle, and both teams did not defect during a contest. The Storm used a 31 indicate 3rd entertain and outscored a Mystics 53-45 in a 2nd half to win a rarely contested hitch 97-91.
Both teams got large contributions from several pivotal players. The Storm were led by MVP claimant Breanna Stewart’s 25 points and 10 rebounds and had 5 players measure in double-digits. This enclosed pivotal dais contributions from Crystal Langhorne and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. KML shot 80% from a building (4-5 FG), including dual three-pointers, for 10 points. Langhorne had her best diversion of a season, with 12 points and 6 rebounds in her new purpose off a bench. Alysha Clark strike several pivotal three-pointers (3-3) in a diversion to assistance cut a Mystics lead in a initial half and afterwards put Seattle forward for good in a second. Clark finished with 11 points. Jewell Loyd and Natasha Howard any had 9 points a piece.
Sunday’s feat for a Storm was a really special diversion for a franchise’s many mythological player, Sue Bird. Not usually did Bird tip a 6,000 indicate symbol though she also surpassed Storm fable Lauren Jackson (6,007) with 6,016 points to turn a Storm’s All-Time heading scorer. Bird teased in a post-game talk that it usually took her an additional 6 years to transcend LJ so Lauren many have been doing something right. Bird pronounced that if you’ve been around as prolonged as she has, we improved start commanding some of a franchise’s all-time records. Bird’s high scoring games continued after scoring 18 points opposite Atlanta Dream on Friday night. Bird had 21 points and 5 assists in Sunday’s victory.
The Washington Mystics merit a ton of credit. Not usually did they pull a really gifted Seattle Storm group to a margin though they did it on a singular WNBA back-to-back, carrying to play a Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday night in LA (an considerable 83-74 Mystics win). The Mystics had 5 players measure in double-figures. None some-more considerable than a 2015 MVP Elena Delle Donne who had a game-high 29 points and 7 rebounds. Delle Donne used a accumulation of considerable moves to hit down 3 pointers, mid-range jumpers, and layups. She might be a many gifted descent actor in a WNBA, though she also got a lot of assistance this game. Rookie Ariel Atkins was impossibly impressive, scoring 17 initial half points including 4 three-pointers and another three-pointer where she drew a tainted opposite Alysha Clark and knocked down all 3 giveaway throws. Fortunately for a Storm, they reason Atkins totally scoreless in a 2nd half that was pivotal to a victory. Known Storm torpedo Kristi Toliver picked adult a tardy in a 2nd half and finished a diversion with 18 points including 4 three-pointers. LaToya Sanders and Natasha Cloud any had 10 points to turn out a 5 players who scored in double-digits.
During a behind and onward battle, there were thirteen lead changes and 9 ties. The Storm led by one after a initial entertain and trailed by dual during halftime. The 31-20 indicate advantage in a third entertain was a disproportion in a diversion as it was a usually entertain in a diversion where a measure wasn’t within 3 points or less. At one point, Seattle went on a 17-4 run in a third duration to take control of a game. Despite giving adult a lot of descent rebounds early on, a Storm out-rebounded a Mystics 36-30. Both teams did a good pursuit of holding caring of a basketball, with a Mystics branch a turn over only 8 times and a Storm ten.
With a feat over a Washington Mystics, sum with a Phoenix Mercury’s detriment in Atlanta progressing on Sunday, a Seattle Storm now reason solitary possession of a series one altogether record in a WNBA during 15-5. Seattle tied their win sum from a 2017 deteriorate with 14 games left to play. The Storm are in primary position to get a initial turn bye in a WNBA Playoffs, awarded to a Top 4 teams in a joining during a finish of a season. If Seattle finishes with a Top 2 record, they will automatically get a bye for a initial dual rounds and horde a semi-finals in Seattle. With a talent and maestro care they have on this team, that is now a goal, even if a concentration stays one diversion during a time.
Seattle will need to sojourn tough on a highway as 9 of their final fourteen games will be played divided from KeyArena. The Storm now have a second best highway record during 6-2 this season. However, subsequent adult is another home diversion on Tuesday during 12:00 pm opposite a Los Angeles Sparks.