The Seattle Storm nabbed their first road win of the 2017 season as Breanna Stewart scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the 85-76 win over the struggling Stars in San Antonio Tuesday night.
Seattle out scored San Antonio in the first three quarters of action, with a 21 point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Stars charged in a late rally led by Moriah Jefferson to cut into that lead, but it wouldn’t be enough. The Stars fell to 0-8 on the season as the Storm improved to 5-2.
Alysha Clark added 17 points for the Seattle making 6-9 FG, 2-3 three-pointers, and 3-3 from the free-throw line. Crystal Langhorne scored 14 points, and Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd each contributed 10 for the storm, with Bird dishing out nine and Loyd eight assists in the win.
Seattle shot 48.3% from the field, went 6-18 from three-point range, and sank 23-28 free throws. The team had a total of 28 rebounds, 22 assists, and 10 turnovers coming off a deflating loss at home against the number one ranked and unbeaten Minnesota Lynx. (See Blog Post “Lynx tamed Storm“). Seattle is also without a consistent contributor in Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis who is on the injured list due to a reported knee injury.
San Antonio and first year head coach Vickie Johnson have yet to find an offensive combination that consistently produces. Kayla McBride led the Stars with 21 points in the loss. The Stars also seemed to have no answer for Stewart, who essentially had her way the entire game. Jefferson and Isabelle Harrison finished the game with 10 points for San Antonio, with Jefferson dishing out five assists in the losing effort. The Stars shot 43.8 from the field, just 21.4 from beyond the arch, grabbed 32 rebounds, totaled 16 assists and committed nine turnovers in the match-up.
The Storm continues their road trip with a 7pm EDT tip-off on June 9th against the Indiana Fever. Seattle will look to extend their road win record as Indiana looks to stay perfect at home.
San Antonio will host the Chicago Sky on Saturday June 11th at the AT&T Center. Chicago is 1-7 on the season after another tough loss yesterday against the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks. Chicago has had it’s fair share of woes in the beginning stages of this season, riddled with injuries, late joining from overseas play, and a new system brought by another first year head coach in Amber Stocks.