HOWARD SCORES 26 IN LOSS TO MYSTICS
EVERETT, WASH. – In the team’s first outing following AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, the Seattle Storm suffered its largest loss of the season, falling 99-79 to the Washington Mystics. Elena Delle Donne contributed 29 points and 12 rebounds in the Mystics’ wire-to-wire win, while Natasha Howardpaced the Storm with 26 points. During Washington’s five-game win streak, Delle Donne is averaging 25.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and shooting 68.2 percent from three-point range.
Natasha Cloud scored the first points of the game, hitting the first of 13 three-pointers for the Mystics, who continued to rain down shots from deep.Ariel Atkins contributed five three-pointers, tying her career high.
The Storm started 1-for-12 from the field until Jewell Loyd’s fastbreak layup with 2:26 left in the first quarter. Washington had already pulled ahead by double-digits and would continue to widen the gap to as many as 22.
Sami Whitcomb came off the bench for eight points and was responsible for two of the Storm’s three made field goals from beyond the arc. While Seattle struggled to find rhythm from deep, Howard led the drive inside as the Storm scored 42 points in the paint.
After starting 0-for-4 from the field in the first half, Jordin Canada scored nine points and dished out six assists in the final 20 minutes. Her fastbreak layup with 5:36 left in the game put the Storm within 12 of the Mystics, but Washington responded with a trio of three-pointers.
The Mystics finished 18-for-19 from the free throw line, led by Delle Donne who was a perfect 8-for-8. She scored 20 of her 29 points in the second half.
KEY STATS OF THE GAME
- The Mystics led the Storm wire-to-wire as Elena Della Donne scored 29 points and collected 12 rebounds in the team’s fifth straight win.
- Natasha Howard paced the Storm with 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting. She accounted for 20 of the Storm’s 42 paint points.
- The Mystics shot a season-high 59.1 percent from three-point range, while the Storm finished 3-of-22 (13.6 pct) from beyond the arc.
- At the half, Natasha Howard and Sami Whitcomb had combined for 18 of the Storm’s 34 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The rest of the team was 7-of-21 from the field (33.3 FG pct).
- Sami Whitcomb was 2-of-3 from deep. She has made multiple three-pointers in eight of her last nine outings.
- The Storm scored 22 points off 15 Mystics turnovers. Seattle tallied eight steals, six of those coming from Howard and Whitcomb.
- Seattle allowed just nine points off eight turnovers. It was the third time this season that the team had allowed less than 10 points off turnovers.
- Jewell Loyd returned to the starting lineup for the first time since June 25. It marked the first time that the Storm had started the combination ofAlysha Clark, Howard, Mercedes Russell, Loyd and Jordin Canada since its previous contest against Washington earlier in the season (6/14).
- Elena Delle Donne recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 29 points and 12 rebounds. She has scored at least 28 points in four of her last five games.
- Washington tied a season best with 13 made three-point field goals on 59.1 percent shooting.
- Emma Meeseman led all reserves with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. She was one of five Mystics players to score in double figures.
- Washington won its fifth consecutive game, matching its longest winning streak of the season (June 18-29). It marked the team’s first regular-season road game in the Pacific Northwest since May 26, 2016.
- The Mystics went 18-for-19 from the free throw line, fueled by Delle Donne’s perfect 8-for-8 night. She is one of three players in the league shooting over 94 percent from the charity stripe, joining Loyd and Chelsea Gray.
The Storm heads to Los Angeles to face the Sparks on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. PT.