WNBA: Sue Bird ready for Seattle Storm to ‘build’

The Seattle Storm looked a lot much better than they did on Friday, however blew the lead they had the majority of the video game (which was high as 13) and lost 93-86 to the Connecticut Sun Sunday at Climate Pledge Arena, being up to .500 (5-5).

The Sun went on a 10-0 run from 0:29 in the 3rd to 7:52 in the 4th to take a two-point lead. That became a 26-5 run that merely stunned the house crowd.

The Storm had actually scored simply 51 points in a 17-point loss to the Dallas Wings (6-5) on Friday. It was the worst offending efficiency of the Breanna Stewart period and trigger for issue. On Sunday, Seattle lost by much less to a much better group (9-3).

However, it was still frustrating for the Storm to not beat a group they had actually been a kryptonite to with 22- and 23-point wins in their previous 2 conferences. They were likewise actually wishing to get a win in their very first video game with their entire lineup offered. Sue Bird and Ezi Magbegor were the most recent to return; they had actually both remained in health and wellness procedures.

“I thought that the offensive execution that kind of lacked last game improved, scored 86. But then defensively not as locked in,” stated head coach Noelle Quinn. “Hopefully we can put a game together, offensively and defensively. But overall, it was good to have Ezi and Sue back in the fold. Some good contributions from everyone. Connecticut is a very good team. And just understanding the aggressiveness and energy level that we have to play at. I thought that we showed it today in spurts, we just have to be consistent.”

Magbegor led the group with 19 points and Bird was 2nd with a season-high 17 on a season-high 5 3s (5-of-11). Magbegor included 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 takes, while Bird had 6 helps and 2 takes. Jewell Loyd benefited 16 points and a team-high 7 helps, while Breanna Stewart opted for 12 points, 3 assistants and 2 takes.

The Storm shot an excellent 48.6 percent from the field however enabled the Sun to shoot 55.2 percent, consisting of a 5-of-5 effort from DiJonai Carrington (2-of-2 from 3). Reigning MVP Jonquel Jones went off for 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 helps and 3 takes, while Brionna Jones and DeWanna Bonner each had 21 points. Seattle held Sun leading scorer Alyssa Thomas to 8 points, knocking off the leading scorer area, however the MVP prospect attained 12 helps and 11 boards.

In addition to the bad basket portion defense, 2 concerns were a 41-32 drawback on the glass and a complimentary throw-attempt differential of minus-17. Quinn has actually never ever gotten a technical as a WNBA coach. She stated at a previous interview that she in some cases attempts to get one, however that refs should be too utilized to her calm attitude and regard her excessive. She verified that she attempted to get a T on Sunday.

Noelle Quinn has actually never ever been required a technical nasty.
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“I think very similar to previous games, we have spots where we look great and spots where we don’t,” Bird stated. “Having our full roster is very encouraging because we can finally start to build. And I’m sure for all of us we can start to get a little more comfortable out there. I’m sure for the coaching staff they can start to plan ahead a little bit better. … And that’s kind of how I’m approaching this. This loss does sting, given that it’s at home, given that we had control of the game early on. But I am encouraged by the fact that we can finally start to build with our full roster.”

Every member of the Storm saw playing time other than for Reshanda Gray.

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