SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm narrowly escaped with a 79-76 win over the Chicago Sky to improve to 5-0 at home for the fourth time in franchise history. Jordin Canada scored seven of the Storm’s 13 fourth-quarter points and Alysha Clark hit the go-ahead bank shot with 10.1 seconds left for the Storm’s final basket of the night.
The Seattle Storm put to rest any lingering concerns about its underwhelming offensive performance in Las Vegas with a season-best 33 points in the first quarter. Alysha Clark and Mercedes Russell each scored eight points in the opening frame, and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis knocked down a pair of treys off the bench to help extend the Storm’s lead to double-digits.
While the Storm was firing from all over, Chicago was paced by Diamond DeShields with 11 points in the first half. Seattle nearly matched its point total from Tuesday’s loss in the first 20 minutes, outscoring the Sky, 51-43.
With Jewell Loyd sidelined with an ankle injury, the Storm struggled to keep the momentum going in the second half, starting one-of-six from the field until Sami Whitcomb – in her first career start – sank a three at the 5:18 mark. The Sky responded with a 9-0 run with under two minutes left to play and DeShields hit a jumper to briefly retake the lead, but Seattle was ahead 66-65 entering the fourth quarter.
Stefanie Dolson picked up her fifth foul with under six minutes to play and exited the game with seven points and five rebounds. With the clock winding down, Canada rallied with three points, two rebounds and a steal to take back the lead with under a minute left.
With 10 seconds on the clock, Clark heaved a 15-foot bank shot for a three-point Storm lead. Unable to inbound the ball after a foul with 4.7 seconds left, Chicago used its last timeout. DeShields missed the Sky’s final attempt which was brought down by Clark.
KEY STATS OF THE GAME
- With the win, the Storm improves to 5-0 at home for the fourth time in franchise history, and first since going undefeated at home in 2010. The Storm also started 5-0 in 2009 and 2008.
- Five Storm players scored in double-figures for the second time this season and first since May 31 in an 82-66 win vs. the Atlanta Dream.
- The Storm poured in 33 points in the first quarter, marking its highest-scoring quarter this season. It was also the most points Seattle had scored in the opening quarter since May 21, 2018 (38 points vs Las Vegas).
- After finishing with just 56 points in Las Vegas, Storm broke out for a season-high 51 points in the first half facing Chicago.
- In the first half the Storm forced nine points from nine turnovers.
- The Storm is 4-0 when Mercedes Russell scores in double-figures.
- Natasha Howard came within one rebound of her fifth double-double this season, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds. She made a career-high eight free throws.
- Alysha Clark scored eight of the Storm’s first 10 points, ending the night with 10 points and eight rebounds. She is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game over her last four contests.
- Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis contributed 11 points off the bench, marking her second game scoring in double-figures this season (16 points on June 1 at Chicago).
- Jordin Canada tied a career-high with 17 points (also done on June 4 vs Minnesota). She scored seven of the Storm’s 13 fourth-quarter points. Canada also matched her career best with six rebounds (also vs. Chicago on June 9).
- In her 76th WNBA game and first career start, Sami Whitcomb matched her season-high with nine points.
- Chicago started the second half with a 6-2 run to force Seattle coach Dan Hughes to take a time out.
- Chicago went on a 10-0 run in the third quarter to take possession of the lead after starting the quarter with an eight-point deficit.
- Chicago outscored Seattle 22-15 in the third quarter to get within one heading into the final frame.
- Chicago came back from a 13-point deficit to end the game within three of the Storm.
Following the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30, can continue the celebration with the Storm for Pride Night, with tip-off vs. the Phoenix Mercury at 4 p.m. PT at Alaska Airlines Arena.