STORM WRAPS UP HOME SLATE WITH WIN OVER DREAM
SEATTLE – Playing for the final time at Alaska Airlines Arena in the 2019 regular season, the Seattle Storm trounced the Atlanta Dream, 92-75. Jordin Canada recorded a career-high 21 points to go with eight assists and five steals, as the Storm shot over 58.5 percent from the field.
Atlanta drained a season-high 14 three-pointers, including five from Renee Montgomery, while the Storm worked inside for 54 paint points.
The reigning WNBA champion got off to a blistering start with 53 points in the first 20 minutes, its most in either half this season. Alysha Clark started a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and headed into the locker room with 11 points. The Storm led by 17 at the half, netting 17 points off Atlanta’s turnovers.
After Atlanta’s starting backcourt duo of Tiffany Hayes and Montgomery combined for 14 points and four three-pointers in the third quarter, Seattle’s high-octane defense held the duo scoreless in the final frame. Howard picked up her fifth personal foul with 6:28 left in the game and the Dream cut a 12-point deficit to four on anAlex Bentley triple. However, Seattle finished the game on a 15-2 run to secure its 11th home victory of the year.
The Storm hits the road for its final three games of the regular season, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3 against the Phoenix Mercury (7 ET on ESPN2).
KEY STATS OF THE GAME
- For the third time this season, Jordin Canada led the team in scoring with a career-high 21 points. She also dished out eight assists that led to 19 Storm points. The Most Improved Player of the Year candidate swiped five steals, bringing her season total to 61, matching the previous Storm single-season record (now owned by Natasha Howard).
- Seattle scored 53 points in the first 20 minutes – its highest mark in either half this season – and finished with 92 points on 58.5 percent shooting.
- Atlanta nailed a season-high 14 three-point field goals, while Seattle outscored the Dream 54-22 in the paint. The 54 paint points for Seattle are its most this season.
- The Storm entered the locker-room with a 17-point lead after picking up 17 points off nine Dream turnovers in the first half.
- Alysha Clark started the game shooting 6-of-6 from the field until her first miss with 4:44 left in regulation. She finished 7-of-9 for 16 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
- MVP candidate Natasha Howard pulled down eight rebounds and finished with 14 points despite picking up her fifth personal foul with 6:28 left in the game.
- Crystal Langhorne led the Storm bench with nine points, three rebounds and two assists.
- After the Dream pulled within four points of Seattle with 4:29 left in the game, Seattle finished the game on a 15-2 run.
- With the win, the Storm finishes the regular season 11-6 at home in its first season away from KeyArena.
- Renee Montgomery scored six points before the five-minute mark in the first quarter. She scored six points against the Storm in the teams two previous match-up, combined. She finished with 15 points, recording her 11thgame in double-figure scoring and surpassed the 3,500-career-point benchmark (3,501).
- Montgomery has connected on multiple threes in a game 15 times this season. She has hit at least four in three of the last four games.
- After allowing the Storm to drain five three-pointers in the first half, Atlanta held the Seattle to zero in the second half.
- Tiffany Hayes finished in double-figure scoring for the 22nd time this season and the ninth straight game with 10 points.
- Monique Billings finished with 15 points off the bench, her fifth game in double-digits.
- Billings knocked down her first career three-point shot in the fourth quarter.
- Alex Bentley finished with 14 points for her 13thgame this season in double figures.
- The Dream finished with a season-high 40 points off the bench.
- Atlanta connected tied a franchise record with 14 three-pointers made. Previously done at Connecticut, June 27, 2008 (OT) and Detroit, June 29, 2008.
Seattle closes out the regular season with a three-game road series beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3 against the Phoenix Mercury. Tip-off on ESPN2 is set for 7 p.m. PT.