By Seth Dahle
No doubt Seattle’s most efficient shooter and scorer, Crystal Langhorne went on to break her own single-season field goal percentage record for the Storm in 2017, connecting on 64.7 percent of her field goals.
Now, Langhorne holds each of the top four Storm marks for single-season field goal percentage, and she ranks second all-time in WNBA history with a 57.2 clip.
Something old, something new – nothing’s changed for Langhorne, who also posted school records at Maryland for single-season field goal percentage (70.7 in 2006-07) and career field goal percentage (65.2 between 2005-08). She left Maryland holding three of the top five single-season shooting clip records.
Langhorne credited her high field goal percentage to her teammates, as players such as Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd allowed the Storm to space out the floor and give her more room to operate.
“I think this year, and the year before, the floor was a lot more spaced,” said Langhorne. “There were more opportunities to score. If I get the ball with space, I’m a lot better. The way our offense is now, I’m not the main focus. I get really good opportunities to score. Throughout my career, I’ve taken pretty good shots.”
Only July 15 in a 90-84 win over Atlanta, Langhorne shot 9-for-9 from the field, setting a Storm franchise record for most makes without a miss, en route to a season-high 20 points. That game occurred in a stretch of four contests in which Langhorne recorded 21 straight makes, just three shy of breaking Nneka Ogwumike’s (Los Angeles) streak of 23 set between June 7-14 of 2016.
While it’s a well-known fact that Langhorne can score, one should never underestimate her ability to fend for her own on the glass. She collected four double-doubles in 2017, including a season-high 12 rebounds to go along with 13 points in the regular-season finale at Chicago on Sept. 3.
On Aug. 8 at Connecticut, Langhorne eclipsed the 4,000-point mark for her career with a layup on the baseline, and Storm fans will never forget her game-winning putback vs. Minnesota to seal a 62-61 victory on Aug. 16.
Langhorne was at the right place at the right time, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise, as efficiency and productivity have been her mainstays since joining the Seattle Storm franchise.
The final 2017 stat sheet for Langhorne read 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 28.4 minutes per contest. She started all 34 regular-season games for the Storm, scoring in double figures in 26 of them.
Despite the somewhat disappointing end to the 2017 campaign, Langhorne expects the Storm to be a title contender in the near future.
“I do expect us to be really good next year, just like I expected us to be really good this year,” said Langhorne. “Next year should be a championship-level type of team. Hopefully we’ll forget this year, and we’ll jump up next year to where we need to be, because I think it is possible with our team.”
- Recorded 17 points twice (vs. Indiana on 5/14, vs. Washington on 5/21) Recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards vs. Atlanta on 6/13
- Scored 19 points and added seven boards at Dallas on 7/1
- Recorded 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting vs. Connecticut on 7/12
- Scored a season-high 20 points on 9-for-9 shooting and pulled down eight boards vs. Atlanta on 7/15
- Recorded 16 points and eight boards vs. Chicago on 7/18.
- Connected on 21-straight field goals in a span of four games between 7/8 and 7/18
- Recorded a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double at Los Angeles on 7/25 Went over 4,000 points for her career at Connecticut on 8/8
- Recorded 19 points and tied a career high with five assists at Phoenix on 8/12
- Snagged a season-high three steals vs. San Antonio on 8/18
- Contributed her third double-double of the year with 17 points, 10 boards at Atlanta on 8/23