In a matchup between the two best teams in the WNBA, the Seattle Storm took the Las Vegas Aces to the brink, but lost in overtime, 95-92.
How it Ended
Mercedes Russell made two free throws to give Seattle a 90-88 lead with little over a minute left to play, but Chelsea Gray converted a three-point play to give the Aces a one-point lead on the next possession. Breanna Stewart hit two free throws to make it 92-91 with 21.4 seconds left before another Gray jumper put Las Vegas ahead 93-92 with 10.6 seconds left to play in overtime. After that, A’Ja Wilson hit two free throws to seal the Aces the three-point win.
Breanna Stewart Came Up Big
This clash of top-seeded teams was a big one, and Stewart came to play; the forward scored 35 points while shooting 14 for 26 from the field. Stewart also hit four of nine three-point shots. She grabbed 11 rebounds and had three blocked shots. It’s not much consolation to the Seattle fans who would have loved to see the Storm take this one, but in games like this, against the best competition, you need your star players to show up, and Stewart did.
Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd Struggled
Breanna Stweart may have come to play, but some of her high profile teammates didn’t. Sue Bird and Jewel Loyd combined to shoot just 8-28 from the field and 2-12 from beyond the arc. That’s not the type of production that can help the Storm win a championship. Sue and Jewell are critical players for Seattle and they’ll need to play much, much better for the team to win games against playoff-caliber opponents.
Chelsea Gray Was Big Time fo Las Vegas
Gray finished the game with 21 points and scored 15 of those in the third quarter. The point guard shot 8 for 13 from the field and dished out seven assists. Gray was brought to Las Vegas specifically for games like this, and she proved what she could do in critical moments.
With the loss, Seattle lost the season series to the Aces 2-1. The Storm’s record now sits at 12-4, with the Aces trailing by just a half-game at 11-4. Seattle still leads the Commissioner’s Cup standings at 5-1.
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