Top 10 Moments of 2017: #4

December 28, 2017

As a countdown to New Year, the Seattle Storm is revisiting some of the most memorable moments of the 2017 campaign, starting with No. 10 on Dec. 22, all the way to the top moment of the season on Dec. 31.

 

MOMENT #4

Seattle knocks off top-ranked Minnesota, the soon-to-be WNBA champions, on Aug. 16 by a 62-61 count at KeyArena.

 

WHY IT WAS SPECIAL

  • Crystal Langhorne scored the go-ahead layup with 11.1 seconds remaining to give the Storm a 62-61 lead (the 17th lead change of the game), and Seattle notched its second win over Minnesota in 12 tries.

 

  • At the time, this triumph marked the first time Seattle earned back-to-back wins since late May when the team defeated New York on May 26 and Indiana on May 28.

 

  • Although Sue Bird was ruled out before tipoff due to left knee soreness, Noelle Quinn took charge and played 26:20, recording five assists for the second-consecutive game.

 

  • Alexis Peterson also stepped up at the point guard position, logging a career-high six points.

 

  • Seattle held the Lynx to just 61 points on 33.3 percent shooting, both of which were season lows for Minnesota.

 

  • Jewell Loyd scored a game-high 16 points, while Breanna Stewart scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

 

  • The win was part of a critical four-game winning streak that helped Seattle earn its spot in the WNBA Playoffs. During the stretch (all of which came under at-the-time interim head coach Gary Kloppenburg), the Storm took down Phoenix (98-89) on the road, Minnesota (62-61), San Antonio (79-78) and Chicago (103-66).

 

TOP 10 TRACKER:

#10: Storm ties WNBA record and sets franchise record for assists (34), sets franchise record for field goals (41) at Chicago.

#9: Seattle defeats Los Angeles, the 2016 WNBA Champions, on July 8 by an 81-69 margin at KeyArena.

#8: Seattle breaks single-game field goal percentage record (61.5 percent) vs. Dallas on July 28.

#7: Jewell Loyd joins the 1,000-point club on May 21 vs. Washington, capping her third-straight game with 20 or more points to open 2017.

#6: Crystal Langhorne goes 9-for-9 vs. Atlanta on July 15, setting a franchise record for most makes without a miss; later scores her 4,000th-career point at Connecticut on Aug. 8.

#5: Sami Whitcomb scores 22 points in the second half vs. New York on May 26, directing the Storm to an 87-81 win and tying a WNBA record for three’s in a half with six.

#4: Seattle upsets top-ranked Minnesota, the soon-to-be WNBA champions, on Aug. 16 by a 62-61 count at KeyArena.

#3: Dec. 29

#2: Dec. 30

#1: Dec. 31

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