By Wyatt Yearout
The Seattle Storm took down the Washington Mystics, 97-91, to secure its fifth-straight victory and improve its record to 15-5 on the season.
Sue Bird led the way for Seattle with a season-high 21 points to go along with five assists. With her scoring output on the night, Bird became the all-time leader for points scored in franchise history, passing Lauren Jackson (6,007). She now sits at 6,016 points for her career.
Breanna Stewart posted her third double-double of the season for Seattle with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
The Storm shot 50 percent from the field for the game and knocked down 12 three-pointers.
After being down as much as seven in the third, Seattle rattled off a 14-3 run towards end to the period to reclaim the lead and take a nine point advantage into the fourth quarter at 75-66. The Storm scored 31 points for the quarter in the third.
After an offense-heavy third period, both teams scored at a much slower rate to begin the fourth with Seattle hanging onto a cushion hovering around 10 points. About halfway through the period, the Storm found the rhythm from deep once again and knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, extending its lead to 14.
Washington knocked down a couple big shots down the stretch and cut the lead to just six points with 23 seconds remaining. However, that was as close as the Mystics could come to a comeback as Seattle ultimately won, 97-91.
With both teams having similar games statistically, head coach Dan Hughes felt the game really came down to the play in the third quarter.
“The difference in the game was the third quarter. I thought we really came out and at both end of the court played Storm basketball at a high level.”
- Stewart has scored 25 or more points 10 times this season.
- Bird connected on a season-high four three-pointers.
- Natasha Howard posted nine points and scored her 1,000th-career point via a free throw with 2:49 left to play in the fourth quarter.
- In a season-high 17 minutes off the bench, Crystal Langhorne scored a season-high 12 points to go along with a season-best six rebounds. Seattle was +24 with Langhorne in the contest.
- Alysha Clark made a season-high three three-pointers and tied a career-high for three’s made en route to scoring 11 points.
- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis came off the bench to score 10 points, her sixth game in double-figures this season.
Seattle hosts the Los Angeles Sparks for its next matchup on July 10, with tip-off set for noon.