The Seattle Storm slowly worked back from an early 12-point deficit to take the lead going into the fourth quarter. But the Las Vegas Aces would have the upper hand over the final period and pulled away late for an 85-74 win Sunday night at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas.
Breanna Stewart led all scorers in the game with 21 points, recording her 3,000th point early on the game. That tied her with Diana Taurasi and Simone Augustus for the second-fastest players to reach 3,000 career points. She added eight rebounds, two steals and had two assists. Jewell Loyd added 19 points for the Storm (1-1) including nine of the team’s 15 points in the fourth quarter. Epiphanny Prince reached double-figures for the second-straight game off the bench, scoring 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting.
Seattle got off to a rough start as the Aces (2-0) used a 20-7 run to open up a 12-point margin at 26-14 in the waning moments of the first quarter. The Storm would get a three-pointer from Prince on the next possession and kept it a single-digit game over the next 20 minutes.
Trailing by six at the break, Seattle opened up the third quarter with a triple from Sue Bird which made it a three-point game, and would eventually tie the game at 52-52 on a pair of free throws by Prince at the 1:34 mark.
The teams would go back and forth with the Storm holding a 59-58 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. After a Las Vegas three gave the Aces the lead back, Reshanda Gray hit a jumper to knot the score at 61-61 with 8:58 left. But that would be as close as Seattle got the rest of the way as Las Vegas went on a 15-5 run over the next four minutes to pull away.
The Storm return to action on Wednesday, May 11, traveling to Phoenix for the first game of a home-and-home series with the Mercury. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Footprint Center.