WNBA: Breanna Stewart drops 28 for Seattle Storm vs. Los Angeles Sparks

The Seattle Storm (3-3) have actually won 2 in a row, however have actually lost back-to-back 4th quarters by the precise rating of 22-16 and their challenger had the possibility to connect at the buzzer of guideline in both cases.

On Wednesday, this occurred versus the Chicago Sky and the Storm were at least able to require Allie Quigley inside the 3-point arc so that her shot wouldn’t have actually connected the video game even if it had actually fallen. But on Friday night versus the Los Angeles Sparks, at the buzzer, Nneka Ogwumike took a 3 from the ideal corner that would have connected the video game had it fallen.

Seattle led by as much as 15 on Wednesday (most significant deficit was one) and by as much as 18 on Friday (never ever routed) so the contests ought to have been more comfy. Instead, the Storm were required to once again resolve why they let a group return on them late.

“I think it was a product of them turning up the heat a little bit and us relaxing at the same time,” stated Sue Bird. “When those two things happen, it’s tough when you’re the team that relaxed. Because what got us the lead was us getting stops on defense, pushing the ball, offensively having a little more aggressiveness to us. My take on it is we’re still a team that is fairly new. And so, in late-game scenarios we’re still figuring things out on how to be strategic and patient while also aggressive. Sometimes when you try to be patient you can lose some of your aggressiveness. So we’re still trying to find that balance.”

The Storm won the very first quarter versus the Sparks by a rating of 29-16 prior to losing each of the 3 staying frames while scoring 22, 16 and 16, respectively.

“I don’t know that you’re gonna score 30 every quarter and a team’s gonna roll over and die,” Bird stated. “That’s not what the WNBA is, you know it’s well-documented it’s 12 teams, 12 spots — no lead is ever safe.”

Breanna Stewart benefited 11 points in the opening frame and ended up with a game-high 28 in her 2nd video game back from health and wellness procedure. She was held to 13 points in her very first video game back. After Friday’s video game she stated she felt “way better” which she didn’t even consider having actually missed out on time.

Ezi Magbegor, who dropped a career-high 21 points on Wednesday, included 9 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 takes to the winning cause. The rebounds and obstructs significant video game highs. Bird tossed in 8 points and dished 8 helps, the latter being one off the season-high she attained in the Storm’s opener. Jewell Loyd, who is 8th in the league in scoring with 17.3 points per video game, followed up a five-point efficiency with an 11-point one. She is 5-of-20 from the field and 1-of-8 from 3 over her last 2 contests.

The Storm won in spite of huge nights from LA’s super stars; Liz Cambage had 25 points and N. Ogwumike had 20. Seattle was missing out on 6-foot-6 center Mercedes Russell, who has actually not played yet this season due to a non-basketball injury. Russell would have offered Cambage a bit more problem.

“Liz is a tough guard, Nneka’s a tough guard,” stated Storm coach Noelle Quinn. “And they type of got hectic tonight. But in general, simply enjoyed our effort.

“Once again ending our game with a defensive possession showed a lot of grit.”

There is still no timeline for Russell’s return however she’s been updated to on-court things.

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