The eaves Breanna Stewart contributed a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds that helped the Seattle Storm to beat by 71-62 to Los Angeles Sparks and stay at the top of the ranking of the Western Conference of the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WNBA).
The Storm superstar scored 12 of the final 14 points for Seattle in the final 3½ minutes that decided the game, in another display of leadership.
Meanwhile, the escort Jewell loyd added 18 points in his first game after missing Sunday’s win over Los Angeles with a sprained left ankle.
With Seattle clinging to a 57-54 lead, Stewart took control offensively and buried the Sparks thanks to a series of baskets down the stretch.
The bombardment started when Stewart picked up a rebound from a missed triple Loyd to go back. He made a pair of free throws before landing two short jump shots that broke the Sparks’ defense.
Later, Stewart he followed with a triple from the top of the key that put the Storm up 69-62. With Loyd Back in the lineup, the Storm took control early and raced to a 23-9 lead in the first quarter.
The Sparks they surpassed Seattle 15-20 in the second quarter, but the Storm went ahead at halftime 38-29. The Los Angeles team came close to the 40-33 run early in the third quarter before Seattle responded with a 9-2 streak that included a 3-pointer nearly eight meters away from the reserve forward. Stephanie Talbot.
Still, the Storm couldn’t break away from Los Angeles and led 53-43 at the end of the third period. Aided by three consecutive Seattle turnovers, the Sparks They used an 11-4 streak to go 57-54 midway in the fourth quarter and looked set for a surprise.
The Angels, who has lost five consecutive games, had the contribution of 22 points from the base Erich wheeler, but they couldn’t avoid the loss that left them with a losing record of 6-12.
While the Storm (15-4) with their triumph, combined with the loss of Las Vegas Aces against the Phoenix Mercury (90-99), in overtime), they were left alone at the head of the Western Conference classification.