Six reach double figures in Storm’s 41-point rout of New York

by Kevin Nesgoda


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On their way to a ninth straight win and best start in franchise history, the Seattle Storm exploded out of the gate Tuesday and never slowed down, routing the New York Liberty, 105-64. The win, coupled with Las Vegas’ loss to Chicago, puts the Storm 2.5 games clear atop the WNBA standings with 10 to go.

Six players reached double figures for the Storm (11-1), led by 16 points by Epiphanny Prince, who also sank four of Seattle’s 13 shots from behind the arc. Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd, and Sami Whitcomb each added 14 points, Natasha Howard provided 12 points to go with 11 rebounds, and the legend Sue Bird added 10 points and seven assists.

New York (1-10) shot just 33 percent (22 of 67) from the field, including an abysmal 22 percent (6 of 27) behind the arc and committed 23 turnovers. In comparison, the Storm shot 53 percent (41 of 77) from the floor and 52 percent (13 of 25) from long range. 

Seattle jumped out to a 10-0 lead while the Liberty wouldn’t make a field goal until midway through the first. Whitcomb’s triple gave the Storm a 27-16 lead after one. Leading by 15 midway through the second, the Storm put together a 13-1 run to go ahead 53-26, the moment in the game that essentially sunk a New York team still playing without rookie Sabrina Ionescu. Bird pushed the lead past 30 just inside of a minute to play in the half, and the Storm took a 61-28 advantage into the break.

Stewart hit a jumper to make it 76-36 midway through the third and the Storm doubled up the Liberty through three frames, taking an 84-42 lead into the fourth. Seattle would take its largest lead – 93-46 – with six minutes to play, and reach the century mark on a triple by Prince with 1:17 to play. The final total of 105 points is Seattle’s highest of the season, and the Storm have now beaten five straight opponents by 18 points or more.

Kia Nurse led all scorers with 21 points, and Liberty teammates Jazmin Jones and Amanda Zahui B each added 10 for New York, who has lost five straight games. Seattle returns to the floor Thursday to face the Indiana Fever (4-7) at 5 pm PST.

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