Overtime loss to Dream is a rude awakening as Storm drop to .500
This was one of those games that “got away.” A meltdown in overtime saw the Seattle Storm lose to the Atlanta Dream 91-86. A hot run in the 4th quarter by the storm saw them within a whisker of winning, until OT hit and couldn’t hold it together.
Jewel Loyd found her shot again and drained 27 on the game. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s Damiris Dantas registered a career-high 22 points and season-high six rebounds. Holmes added 15 points and seven boards, scoring seven of Atlanta’s 14 overtime points.
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Key Arena had been a fortress until tonight. The Strom had defended it staunchly with only one loss to Minnesota, but tonight’s loss was disheartening.
“Those of us who have been here awhile know that KeyArena can be a very magical place. There’s a special relationship between our fans, this place and our team that has weaned over the years. We fully intend on doing our part to get that back, bringing this place to life and protect it. We want to make it a place that nobody wants to come in and play against us here. We’re taking a lot of pride in reestablishing that. We’ve had it in the past but we want to reestablish that.”
Sue Bird would have none of the blame except on themselves this eventing.
“No. I think when you play in games that are physical and in a lot of ways you have to grind them out, things like referees and what they’re going to call, things like shots falling or not falling. Some of that stuff is out of your control, and it’s really important to control the things that are in your control. And I think a lot of hustle plays that happened tonight that we didn’t get, that’s probably going to be the story of the game if you were to go back and watch it again. You can’t give up offensive rebounds and easy baskets in the event that calls don’t go your way, in the event that shots don’t fall. So you just have to play through it and I think we’re just not doing a good job of that at all.”
Notes (courtesy of Seattle Storm)
- For the sixth time in her career, Jewell Loyd eclipsed the 15-point mark in the first half, netting 16 in the opening 20 minutes and finishing with a game-high 27, which also matched a season high.
- Breanna Stewart has scored in double figures in all but one of the nine games she has appeared in 2017. She finished with 16 points to go along with six rebounds and four dimes.
- Crystal Langhorne posted her first double-double of the season and fifth of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds. • Seattle played its first overtime contest since May 26, 2016 – a game in which the Storm also came up empty handed vs. Washington at KeyArena by an 84-82 margin.
- For the second time this season, all five starters scored in double figures – Seattle is now 1-1 when that occurs (def. San Antonio on June 6, 2017.
- Sue Bird posted 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting to go along a season-high four rebounds.
- Alysha Clark logged double-figure scoring (11) for the fifth time in the last six outings
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