BRADENTON, Fla. — Led by a balanced scoring attack and a dominant second half, the Seattle Storm (4-1) defeated the Connecticut Sun (0-5) Tuesday night, 87-74.
The Storm were led once again by WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week Breanna Stewart, who finished with 22 points, five rebounds, and five blocks. Seattle also received double-digit contributions from four other players, with Sami Whitcomb leading the charge off the bench with 15 points.
In a back and forth first half, the Storm were led by Stewart’s 12 points, the only Seattle player in double figures. Jordin Canada and Natasha Howard contributed eight and six points, respectfully, in the first half.
Despite holding Sun stars DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas to just 11 combined points at the half, the Storm had a hard time keeping Connecticut center Brionna Jones in check, with the fourth-year pro scoring 18 points in the opening half on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor.
The Storm were able to clamp down on Jones in the third quarter, holding her to just one made bucket. The Sun were only able to score 13 points in the third frame, and Seattle built an eight-point lead as a result heading into the final quarter.
Seattle began to pull away midway through the fourth quarter, going on a 16-5 run to begin the frame and open up a 19-point lead after an Alysha Clark wing three-pointer.
The Storm held on from there for their second straight victory. Sun stars Thomas and Bonner ended up with 15, and five points, respectfully in the game. Bonner’s five points are a season-low, as she came into the contest averaging 27.5 points per game.
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- Sami Whitcomb passed the 500 point mark with her first score of the game, a layup with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Whitcomb scored 10+ points for the second time this season and 16th time in her career, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists for a season-best performance.
- Natasha Howard and Jordin Canada both went 3-for-three in the first half, combining for 14 points. Canada finished with 14 points, shooting 62.5%.
- Breanna Stewart’s five blocks were just one shy of a career high (6 vs. LAS 7/25/17). Stewart also added five rebounds and a game-leading 22 points for the Storm.
- The Storm knocked down 11 three-pointers on 21 attempts, shooting 52.4% from beyond the arc. It was the second time this season the Storm made three-pointers in double digits, going 11-for-25 against Minnesota.
- The Sun extended its active streak of games in which the team has scored a three-pointer. The streak is now 546 games which dates back to May 25, 2004.
- Brionna Jones set a new career-high points scored with 20. She shot 9-of-12 from the field and recorded new career highs in both those categories. She also had two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.
- Alyssa Thomas led the team in rebounding for the fifth straight game and recorded her 3rd double-double this season. Thomas grabbed 13 rebounds, scored 15 points and dished out four assists. This is the 28th game she has recorded at least 10 rebounds.
- Jasmine Thomas chipped in 11 points for her second double-figure game of the season
- Natisha Hiedeman saw the first start of her WNBA career. Hiedeman recorded eight points, seven rebounds and tallied five assists.
- The Sun shot 43.5% from the field but only 28% from three-point range. In total they collected 35 rebounds, tallied 22 assists, had seven steals and two blocks.
The Storm will take the floor next against the Atlanta Dream on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2, before moving on to the rival Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.