Fourth Quarter Struggles Doom Seattle in 90-85 Loss to Chicago

Loyd and Whitcomb tally 19 points each to pace Storm offense

SEATTLE Jewell Loyd and Sami Whitcomb scored 19 points apiece, but the Chicago Sky scored the final nine points of the game on Sunday afternoon to beat the Seattle Storm, 90-85.

Ezi Magbegor added a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm (10-25). It was her 10th of the season. Mercedes Russell chipped in a season-high 13 points, getting 11 of those during the first quarter.

Seattle had a 64-50 lead early in the third quarter, but the Sky (14-21) outscored them the rest of the way, 40-21.

Kahleah Cooper put Chicago ahead for good, 86-85, on a 3-pointer with 2:15 to play. She finished with 16 points. Elizabeth Williams, who led all scorers with 23, made it a two-possession game on a pair of free throws with 24.1 seconds to go, making it 89-85.

The Storm got off to a hot offensive start with the help of Russell who came off the bench and erupted in the first quarter with a personal 11-4 run spanning over three minutes, allowing the Storm to extend its edge heading into the second quarter.

Russell’s 11 points are the most the vet’s logged in a single quarter during her career.

The Storm broke open the game with a 22-4 run and claimed the lead with just over a minute to play before halftime. Seattle built on its edge throughout the matchup with the Sky just trailing behind.

With 2:14 left to play, the Sky’s Dana Evans dished the ball over to Kahleah Copper who drained three points, reclaiming the lead 86-85. Elizabeth Williams drained two points at the line followed by one from Copper to seal the win for Chicago.

Off the glass Seattle outrebounded the Sky, 44-33.

Loyd’s point total put her at 799 for the season. She hit a pair of 3-pointers, the first of which was her 100th of the season. That makes her just the fifth player in league history to hit 100-plus in a single season.

The Storm return to action on Thursday at Los Angeles, tipping off at 7:00 p.m.

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Seattle will kick off its four-game road trip at Los Angeles on Thursday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. PT in Arena. Fans can watch the game on FOX13+ and Amazon Prime Video (WA).