The Seattle Storm traveled to Indiana to take on the Fever on Tuesday night and came away with a dominant road win, 87-70. The win improves the Storm’s record to 11-2 and 6-0 on the road.
Three Players in Double Figures
Seattle was led by Breanna Stewart, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds on 9 of 17 from the field. Fourteen of Stewart’s points were in the first half. Jewell Loyd added 18 points on 5 of 14 shooting from the field. She also added 6 of 7 free throws. Sue Bird added 17 points and was very efficient, going 6 of 7 from the field and 3 of 4 from the three-point land. Bird also moved past Katie Smith (906) for second all-time in WNBA history for made 3’s. Diana Taurasi leads the league with 1,173 career 3-pointers.
Sharing the Ball
Seattle did an outstanding job sharing the ball, dishing out 27 assists against the Fever. Jordin Canada led Seattle with six assists, but everyone was moving the ball; the Storm had four players with four or more assists. Finding the open woman instead of constantly funnelling the ball to one or two stars keeps even the most diligent defenses honest. That type of selflessness makes Seattle one of the toughest teams in the league to defend.
The other secret to Seattle’s continued success in the early going is their defensive prowess. The Storm held the Fever to 42% from the field and 17% from beyond the arc.
Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana with 26 points. Tiffany Mitchell added 12 points, and Jessica Breland brought 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks to the table. The Fever fell to 1-12 on the season as they continue to struggle. Indiana never looked like a playoff contender this season, but I thought they’d be a little more competitive this year.
Seattle will stay in Indiana and take on the Fever again on Thursday. Expect the Storm to come out again and handle their business.
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