By Wyatt Yearout
The Seattle Storm came back from 14 points down and defeated the Chicago Sky, 95-91, on Friday night at KeyArena in overtime, notching its first home victory of the season.
Jewell Loyd led the way for the Storm with her second straight 29-point outing to go along with eight rebounds.
Breanna Stewart had a big game as well, dropping 29 points, six rebounds and five assists. Natasha Howard got the start again and secured her first double-double in a Storm uniform with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and she also had four blocks.
After being down as much as 14 earlier in the period, the Storm went on a big run late in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to just three at 82-79 with just two minutes remaining.
Loyd knocked down two huge three-point shots to cut the lead to just one point with 18.5 seconds left.
Allie Quigley was then sent the line and split the pair, giving the ball back to Seattle down two with 14.7 seconds left.
Howard cleaned up a missed layup to tie the game at 87, then on the other end of the floor, rejected a DeShields attempt, with the ball going out of bounds to Seattle. The Storm wasn’t able to get off a final shot, sending the game to overtime.
Seattle turned up its defense in overtime, limiting Chicago to just four points in the five minute period. Jordin Canada was sent to the line with nine seconds left with a 94-91 lead and split the pair, putting the lead at four and out of reach of the Sky.
Head coach Dan Hughes was thrilled with how his team refused to give up or lose confidence despite how much they were down late in the game, and he also praised how focused his team became in the late game situations.
“They were absolutely marvelous in time and score situations. Their execution and playing to the right players were excellent.”
- Canada came off the bench to muster 10 points, her first career game in double-figures.
- Seattle trailed 80-66 with 5:59 left to play and then outscored Chicago 29-11 the rest of the way. Thirteen of those 29 points came from Stewart, seven of which came in overtime.
- The Storm improved to 16-11 all-time vs. Chicago, including 9-5 at KeyArena.
- Sue Bird played in her 480th-career game, moving to No. 4 all-time on the WNBA’s lost for career games. She passed former Storm teammate Swin Cash, who saw action in 479 career games.
- The Storm forced four shot-clock violations in tonight’s win. Seattle’s record for shot-clock violations forced in a game is five vs. San Antonio on Aug. 23, 2011. The last time the Storm forced four was May 26, 2016, vs. Washington.
- Hughes earned his first career regular season win at KeyArena.
Seattle will hit the road for its next game against the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday, May 27. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m./PT at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.