Breanna explodes for 22, Storm gets 1st road win of the year over Stars 85-76
The 2016 1st pick overall paid dividends as forward Breanna Stewart exploded for a season best 22 points. This was a game of former NCAA superstars as the UCONN Husky faced off against a former University of Washington Husky Legend Kelsey Plum, with Stewart’s Seattle Storm would defeat the Plum’s San Antonio Stars 85-76.
Plum and Stewart are perhaps the two most prolific NCAA players in modern times. Plum has the record for most points ever in the NCAA and 2017 John Wooden award winner. Stewart in the meantime was a 3 time All-American and 2 time John Wooden award winner. The 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year, Breanna Stewart would dominate the evening with 8 rebounds, and 22 points–including 12 from the line. Plum would have a dismal showing however going 2-8 and finishing with just 6 points.
To be fair to Plum, the Stars are the league’s worst team off to an 0-8 start. The Storm did exactly what they had to do against a lesser team and that is put the pedal to the metal by taking a commanding 25-16 lead in the 1st quarter and never looking back.
- Seattle ended the first stanza with a 14-4 run to go up by nine (25-16), as Breanna Stewart led the way with nine first-quarter points
- For the fourth time in 2017, Seattle shot over 50 percent in the first half, as it fired at a 51.7 percent clip
- Twenty-two of Seattle’s 28 buckets were assisted, as Bird led the way with nine dimes
- Jewell Loyd recorded a season-high six assists tonight, including her 200th career assist at the 9:07 mark of the third quarter. She also finished with 10 points
- Sue Bird dished out nine assists, her fourth game in 2017 posting eight or more assists, and moves 48 assists away from her 2,500th career dime. She ended the game with 10 points
- Seattle’s starting unit outscored the Stars starting five 73-43
- For the first time this season, all five starters for Seattle scored in double figures
- The win brings Seattle’s 2017 road record to 1-1, with the lone loss coming May 13 at Los Angeles
- Alysha Clark finished with 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting, including two three’s
- For the sixth time this season, Crystal Langhorne scored in double figures, finishing with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds and a team-high two steals
- For the third time in 2017, Seattle outscored its opponent at the free throw line by at least 11 or more, as the Storm owned a 23-9 edge at the strip