STORM LOCKDOWN DEFENSE DELIVERS WIN OVER DALLAS
EVERETT, WASH. – Jordin Canada scored a career-high 18 points and Seattle allowed just 19 points in the second half as the Storm beat the Dallas Wings, 69-57.
Natasha Howard picked up her seventh double-double this season with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six steals.
Fueled by a trio of 3-pointers by Kayla Thornton, Dallas opened the game with a barrage from beyond the arc. Rookie of the Year candidate Ogunbowale also connected for twice from deep as Dallas worked up an eight-point lead. Howard scored the Storm’s last 10 points of the opening quarter to keep the team within striking distance.
Jewell Loyd came off the bench to even the score at 24 in the second quarter, but the Storm went 0-for-7 from the field until Howard sank an 18-foot step-back jumper halfway through the period. Canada converted two and-one layups to bring the Storm within one of Dallas entering the break.
Mercedes Russell gave Seattle its first lead of the night in the first minute of the second half. Canada rattled off six more points in the quarter and the Storm defense held Dallas to 4-of-15 shooting in the frame.
After the Storm widened the gap to a nine, the Wings responded with six consecutive points including back-to-back baskets by Ogunbowale. However, seven turnovers in the fourth quarter cost the Wings eight points as the Storm continued to apply defensive pressure.
For the second time this season, Seattle ended a three-game losing streak with a win over the Wings. Next up, Seattle heads east to face the New York Liberty at the Barclays Center on Sunday, Aug. 11.
KEY STATS OF THE GAME
- Natasha Howardsecured her seventh double-double of the season with a team-high 23 points and 11 rebounds. She also collected a career-high 6 steals, bringing her season total to 52. She is now tied for first in the league, matching Jordin Canada at 52 apiece.
- Canadatallied a career-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting. She finished the night with six assists and three steals.
- After making five of its first seven attempts from deep, the Wings went 1-for-13 the rest of the game, including 0-for-8 in the second half.
- After being down by as many as eight points in the first quarter, the Storm took its first lead of the game one minute into the second half with a bucket under the basket by Mercedes Russell.
- Seattle forced a total of 19 turnovers that led to 17 points off Dallas mistakes. Fifteen of those turnovers came in the second half, which Seattle converted to 10 points.
- The Storm defense held Dallas to 57 points, marking the lowest scoring output in their all-time head-to-head regular-season meetings. Seattle held Dallas to 19 points in the final 20 minutes, tied for the second-fewest in the second half in franchise history.
- Howard’s six steals is one shy of the Storm franchise record shared by Sue Bird(5/21/06 vs. LAS) and Canada (6/1/19 at CHI).
- Alysha Clark finished the night with 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting, including 2-2 from deep. She has made multiple 3-pointers in 13 of her last 14 contests.
- For the second time this season, the Storm snapped a three-game losing streak with a home win over Dallas.
- A frontrunner in the Rookie of the Year race, Arike Ogunbowale recorded 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting. She dished out six assists on the night, one shy of her season best.
- Notching 13 points tonight, Ogunbowale has hit the double-digit mark in 17 total games this season and in the last four straight contests.
- Isabelle Harrison swiped a career-high four steals. She finished the night with 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
- Kayla Thorntonled her team in scoring with 14 points on the night. She aided in the Wings hot start, draining three of its five first quarter treys, matching her season best 3-pointers in a game.
- Wings newcomer Kristine Anigwesaw six minutes of action and grabbed one rebound in her debut.
The Storm embarks on a three-game road swing beginning Sunday, Aug. 11 at Barclays Center vs. the New York Liberty.