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On Friday night, the Seattle Storm hosted the Chicago Sky in a matchup of WNBA title contenders. Seattle came into the game 18-8 and Chicago 13-12. However, the Sky came back to beat the Storm 73-69.
Breanna Stewart hit a pair of free throws with over four minutes left in the first quarter for a 12-11 lead, and Seattle maintained the lead until Allie Quigley hit a 3-pointer to give Chicago a 66-65 lead with just under three minutes remaining. However, Chicago was able to hang on to the lead the rest of the way.
Seattle Could Not Stop Copper
Kahleah Copper led all scorers with 26 points; Copper shot 10-16 from the field and 2-5 from three-point land. She also grabbed four rebounds and had three steals. Copper was her usual aggressive self, and she got shots to fall. If Copper can continue to play like this for Chicago, they could make some noise in the playoffs.
Big Three Struggles
The big three of Stewart, Jewel Loyd, and Sue Bird combine to go 12-34 from the field. Stewart went 4-13 from the field and scored 18 points; she did manage to hit all ten of her free throws. Loyd shot 5-14 from the field and scored 12 points, and Bird shot 3-7, scoring eight points. Seattle must get better production from their big three if they want to win.
Seattle’s Bench Played Well
The Storm bench did play well, outscoring the Sky’s bench 20-12. Ezi Magbegor led the way with eight points, Jordin Canada scored six points, Stephanie Talbot added four points, and Epiphany Prince scored two points. However, if Seattle is to repeat, the bench scoring must continue to improve.
The Storm struggled from the three-point line, shooting just 17.6% on 3-17 shooting. They were also rebounded 39-34. Seattle still had the chance to win but could not come through down the stretch. The Storm will take on the Sky again on Sunday. It will be interesting to see how they respond.