Roundball Roundup: Bird returns, Jewell shines as Storm roll over Mystics 81-71
The face of the Seattle Storm, Sue Bird was out for the first two games of the season but there wasn’t any rust as she dished out a team high 10 assists as the Storm handled the Washington Mystics 81-71. Bird’s leadership came through in the game and in definitely fed into another amazing performance from Jewell Loyd who led the team with 26 points. Crystal Langhorne scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half, and Sue Bird added nine points.
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The Storm combined for 31-63 from the field for 49.2% shooting and were especially stout on defense keeping the Mystics to just under 35% from the field including a horrible 27% (10-37) in the 2nd half.
The Storm also kept turnovers to a manageable amount of 12. In the previous 2 games, they averaged 22.5 turnovers showing a need for veteran leadership and better handling skills at the point.
“All of sudden, we go down to 12 (turnovers) tonight, coach Jenny Boucek said. “Two reasons. Sue. Bird. There’s nobody ever who has been better ” I don’t think in men’s or women’s basketball at calming a team. All of sudden everything we’ve been talking about makes sense and everybody just exhales.”
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Jewell Loyd has been the breakout star of the season. Â She dropped at least 10 buckets in each of the last 3 games. On Sunday, she drained 3-3 from the three-point line and defensively has found herself fit to scramble for loose balls.
“She’s always been capable of exploding, coach Boucek said. “The biggest difference is you’re seeing consistency in her play. It’s not like a big night, slow night, big night. She’s consistent right now and we’re hoping that means she’s turned the corner on that.”
With injuries to Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird, the Storm needed someone to step up and has Loyd ever. The 2015, 1st pick overall has seen steady improvement year over year increasing her scoring per game from 10.7 in 2015 to 16.5 last year. Â While many have looked to Breanna Stewart to become the face of the team, it is becoming apparent that this former Notre Dame star and WNBA Rookie of the year may be the new Sue Bird.
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