The Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 105-102 on a Jewell Loyd buzzer-beater in overtime. With less than a second on the clock, Loyd caught the inbound pass and threw up a three-point rainbow that arced thirty feet in the air before draining without even rattling the rim. The win moved Seattle to 7-1 for the season and 5-0 in Commissioner Cup play.
Three Starters Score Twenty Points or More
The Storm have spread the wealth in this win streak, with three starters going for twenty or more; Loyd scored 25 points on 8-11 shooting from the field and shot 4-6 from beyond the arc. It’s been a great start for Loyd this season, even without the late-game heroics. Breanna Stewart added 23 points on 7-18 shooting from the field, but she struggled from outside, shooting 1-7 from three-point land. Stephanie Talbot, who has been stepping up as of late, pitched in with 21 points on 8-12 shooting from the field. Talbot also added four three-pointers. She moved into the starting lineup when Kaite Lou Samuelson left for the three-on-three tournament. Talbot is playing like she wants to remain in the starting lineup.
Great Ball Movement
Seattle dished out 31 assists as a team in the game against Dallas. Sue Bird led the team with ten, while Loyd added seven and Stewart had five assists. The Storm did an outstanding job moving the ball, and it helped produce a much higher percentage of open looks. This enabled them to shoot 50% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc.
To stay close down the stretch, Seattle had to overcome outstanding games by Wings players Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey. Ogunbowale had 22 points on 9-20 shooting from the field, and Mabry added 22 points on 10-17 shooting. Satou Sabally, in her first game back, added 18 points for Dallas off the bench, it was enough to make a game of it, but not enough to close out the STorm in overtime.
Seattle and Dallas will run it back on Sunday afternoon; get your popcorn ready, people.
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