SEATTLE – After three games on the road, the Seattle Storm returned to the Alaska Airlines Arena and cemented a 82-74 wire-to-wire victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Breast Health Awareness Night. Six Storm players scored in double figures to help overcome Odyssey Sims’ 30-point effort for the Lynx.
With Jewell Loyd and Jordin Canada in the starting backcourt, Seattle opened the game on an 11-0 run. Napheesa Collier put up the Lynx’s first points under the rim halfway through the period. The Rookie of the Year candidate had tallied 14 points by halftime on 6-of-10 shooting.
Seattle saw early success from beyond the arc, draining seven from deep in the first half, three of which came from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who led all reserves with 11 points and two rebounds. Sims tallied six consecutive points to get within five with 1:43 left in the half. However, fouls sent Seattle to the line for four points and the Storm entered halftime leading 48-39.
Sims exploded for 18 consecutive Lynx points in the third on 8-for-8 shooting, nearly outscoring the Storm, which finished the frame with 19. After trailing by as many as 15, Minnesota used a 10-0 run to close within four of the Storm.
Loyd converted on an and-one running shot in the opening minute of the final period, but neither team would find success again until Sylvia Fowles notched her only field goal of the second half to made it 70-65. Alysha Clarkresponded with six points, including a running bucket at the 1:25 mark that pushed the Storm’s lead back to 12. Sims swiped and scored on back-to-back possessions, but her defensive efforts weren’t enough to bridge the gap.
With the win, Seattle (15-13) improves to 3-1 on the season against the Lynx (13-14), which fell to eighth in the playoff picture. Seattle now leads the Phoenix Mercury (13-13) by one game for sixth place overall and home court in a first round playoff.
KEY STATS OF THE GAME
· For the second straight game against Minnesota, the Storm led wire-to-wire for the win. After Seattle forged a game-high15-point lead in the third quarter, the Lynx closed the frame within four.
· Odyssey Sims scored Minnesota’s first 18 points of the third quarter and finished the game with a season-high 30. It was the sixth time in her career scoring 30+ points and the first since 2015, when she was a member of the Tulsa Shock.
· Six Storm players scored in double figures for the Storm for the first time since July 1, 2018 vs. Connecticut.
· At the half, Napheesa Collier and Sylvia Fowles were 10-of-16 from the field (62.5 pct) for 23 points. In the second half, the duo was held to 4 points on 2-of-7 shooting.
· Seattle opened the game with an 11-0 run, holding Minnesota scoreless for the first five minutes of the contest until Napheesa Collier’s layup at the 4:57 mark in the first quarter.
· Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis came off the bench to score 11 points, her first game scoring double figures since July 12. She started 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
· Jordin Canada scored 10+ points for the third time in her last 10 games. Two of those games have come against Minnesota (12 pts on 7/17). She finished the game with a team-high six assists and three steals.
· Back in the starting lineup, Jewell Loyd contributed 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. She also collected five rebounds and dished out three assists.
· Natasha Howard took sole possession of the Storm single-season steals record at the 6:20 mark of the first quarter, breaking a tie with Sue Bird (2006) and Sonja Henning (2000).
· Crystal Langhorne pulled down her 1,000th rebound as a member of the Storm at the 8:06 mark of the second quarter. She joins Bird, Lauren Jackson and Camille Little as the only players in franchise history with 1,000 rebounds.
· Seattle shot over 50% from the field for the second straight game and the fifth time this season.
· Seattle outrebounded the Lynx, 28-22. The 22 Minnesota rebounds are tied for its second-fewest this season. Minnesota’s season low also came against Seattle (17 rebounds on 6/4).
· Rookie of the Year contender Napheesa Collier, scored nine of Minnesota’s first 18 points until she was subbed out at the 7:56 mark in the second quarter. She finished the night with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting while grabbing five rebounds.
· Odyssey Sims scored Minnesota’s first 18 points of the third quarter, one shy of matching the franchise record for points in any quarter held by Maya Moore (done twice). Sims was 8-for-8 in the frame, matching Liz Cambage for the most efficient quarter in WNBA history (July 14, 2018).
· Minnesota shot 50.8% (31-of-61) from the field tonight. Since the start of 2011, the Lynx are now 76-3 when topping 50%.
After a six-day break, the Storm returns to Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. PT on JOEtv. Seattle is seeking its second straight sweep of the Fever.