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The Seattle Storm’s five-game winning streak got snapped on Tuesday night by a Washington Mystics team that wasn’t planning on going down easy despite being pretty shorthanded, missing Natasha Cloud, Myisha Hines-Allen and Elena Delle Donne.
Stewie Struggles to Close it out
While down by two points, Seattle’s Breanna Stewart drove in the paint and missed a short jump shot to tie the game with 7.6 seconds left. The Mystics didn’t flinch and closed the game out 87-83. When it comes to game-winning or game-tying shots with less than 10 seconds on the clock, Stewart is an extremely puzzling 0 for 11.
No Answer For Tina Charles
Tina Charles simply dominated the Storm scoring 34 points on 14 of 25 shooting from the field. Charles also added 16 rebounds and hit five of six three-point shots. Seattle tried sending extra defenders to help Mercedes Russell out, but it didn’t matter; Charles was on her game and would not be denied. Seattle’s head coach Noelle Quinn didn’t hesitate to give Charles her due: “Tina is one of the best players in the world…She’s an Olympian and All-Star caliber and elite player. The thing that happens with Tina, when she starts seeing a few go in the basket, it’s tough to stop her.”
Defending the Three
When you’re sending extra defenders to help down in the paint, it opens up outside shots. The Mystics took advantage and hit 16 of 38 threes, which is good for 42.1% from beyond the arc. Along with Charles, Leilani added five three’s of her own and Mitchell finished with 19 points.
The Brighter Side
On the plus side, Jewell Loyd led the Storm in scoring with 23 points on 8 of 18 shooting from the field and surpassed the 3,000 point mark for her career. She also added nine assists.
Breanna Stewart added 17 points and eight rebounds. Candice Dupree and Russell both added ten points each. While the loss put a damper on a Storm streak that felt unstoppable at times, there’s little or nothing to worry about in the Pacific Northwest; with the rare loss, the Storm fell to 12-3.