EVERETT, Wash. – Most days, hot-shooting opponents eventually cool off against the Seattle Storm.
Sunday was not one of those days. And the Chicago Sky was not one of those opponents.
Candace Parker poured in 25 points, and the Sky shot 56 percent from the floor – including 68 percent from behind the 3-point arc – and routed the Storm inside Angel Of The Winds Arena, 107-75
Breanna Stewart led Seattle (18-10) with 19 points and hit 8 of her 16 shots from the field. Jordin Canada, who got her third start of the year, added a season-high 17 points.
But neither of those efforts was enough to keep the Storm from absorbing their third straight loss as they chase Connecticut and Las Vegas for one ot the top two playoff spots. They are within reach, trailing the league-leading Sun (20-6) by three games and the second-place Aces (19-7) by two.
The Sky (14-12), which swept the two-game weekend set in Seattle and wound up winning all three games of the season series, hit 41 of their 73 shots from the field. That included 15 of 22 from downtown. Their first seven long ones all went in – and all during the opening quarter.
After turning the ball over on its first possession, Chicago scored on its next six trips downcourt, building a 16-8 lead.
The Storm stayed in it, and were within eight at 31-23 going into the second quarter. But Chicago put together a 13-5 run during the first 2 minutes, 46 seconds of that period to take a 42-28 lead. The margin stayed in double digits the rest of the day
Seattle stepped up its shooting considerably from Friday’s 73-69 loss to the Sky. In that one, the Storm hit just 36.8 percent (25 of 68). On Sunday, they were bac up to 45.3 percent (29 of 64), which was slightly higher than its season mark of 44.5.
Along with Stewart’s 8-of-16, Canada drained 6 of 9, and Sue Bird, who tallied eight points, hit 3-of-5, including 2-of-4 from long range. In addition, three of Seattle’s five reserves hit 50 percent or better.
The Storm, with four regular-season games left, return to action on Thursday at home against the New York Liberty. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. (JOEtv).