Stifling Defense Leads Storm Past Liberty, 77-62

By Wyatt Yearout

The Seattle Storm secured its third-straight victory, taking down the New York Liberty, 77-62, and improving to 13-5 on the season.

 

Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd each put in 21 points to lead the way for the Storm.

 Seattle held New York to just 38.2 percent shooting leading to just 62 points for the game, which marks a season-best for Seattle for points allowed.

 

DEFINING MOMENTS

 After a back and forth game for much of the first two periods, Seattle went on a 14-2 run late in the second quarter to take a 39-28 lead into halftime. The Storm held the Liberty to just nine points in the second quarter.

Seattle continued to keep its foot on the gas pedal in the third period, attacking the paint as well as knocking down outside shots to extend its lead at one point to 17 points. The Liberty managed to get the offense going and scored 23 in the third, however, the Storm put in 25 in the period to take a 13-point lead into the fourth.

The Storm continued its strong defense in the fourth, holding the Liberty to just 11 points in the final period leading to the 15-point victory.

 

HUGHES’ TAKE

With the game dominated by defense, head coach Dan Hughes felt the key to his team’s performance was how his team defended the paint in particular.

“(New York) is very post-oriented, and I thought our post defense, and our ability to use a team approach on, it really helped.”

 

NOTES

  • Seattle held New York to 26 first-half points (12-for-30), the lowest first-half scoring output for a Storm opponent in 2018. The previous low was Indiana (30) on 6/22.
  • Stewart, the league’s leading scorer who came into the night averaging 21.9 PPG, scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She also tied a season-high with three steals, accomplishing the feat for the fourth time in 2018.
  • Loyd eclipsed the 20-point mark for the seventh time this season, tying Stewart for game-high honors with 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting to go along with four rebounds.
  • Natasha Howard posted 13 points and had five rebounds. She’s hit one or more three-pointers in eight games this season.
  • Sue Bird dished out a season-high-tying 11 assists (11 vs. Los Angeles, 6/28). She has now handed out nine or more assists in five-straight games, accumulating a total of 50 dimes in those games.
  • The Storm is now 5-2 on the road, continuing to add to its best road start in franchise history.

 

UP NEXT

The Storm will look for its fourth-straight win in its next matchup against the Atlanta Dream on Friday at the McCamish Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m./PT.