Roundball Roundup: Storm on a roll, wins over Liberty and Fever mark a 4 game winning streak
With the Seattle Storm healthy, the Women in Green took it to two Eastern Conference foes, ending them packing in convincing manner. Jewell Loyd had shouldered the load this season, but it was the sharp shooting of two lesser known contributors who made headlines.
Vs New York Liberty, W 87-81
Storm rookie, Samantha Whitcomb helps team set a record for 2-pointers in the win over the New York Liberty. The former UW Husky led the way going 6-8 from downtown in just 15 minutes of play. Samantha hit 6 of the Storm’s 14 three-pointers on her way to a team leading 20 points.
WNBA scoring leader Jewell Loyd had a bit of a down game with 4-11 from the field, but she made up for it with 7 free throws to finish the game with 16 points.
Vs Indiana Fever, W 94-70
In round 2 against the Indiana, the Strom proved most inhospitable, demolishing the visiting Fever by 24 points. Seattle was unstoppable from the field shooting a franchise record (35 of 57) 61.4% from the field. Â
Forward Alysha Clark had an outburst of 22 points making, the former Middle Tennessee State star made 9 of 10 shots from the field. Sue Bird was her usual self, dishing 8 assists and adding 6 points to the cause.
Three other Storm players scored in double digits going 13-22 collectively. Breanna Stewart and Crystal Longhorne each knocked in 12 points. Jewell Loyd saw herself score 13 points finishing 2nd on the team in scoring for the second game in a row.
SSU Player of the Week
It is a bit difficult to choose between Alysha Clark and Samantha Whitcomb, but we will give the edge to the former Husky. Samantha is technically a rookie; however, she has been playing professionally for 6 years overseas.
Having been a star in college, Samantha finished career ranked 15th all-time in UW scoring history with 1,205 points. She also has won many personal accolades and championships in Australia, but that can’t compare to dropping 20 points at the highest level of women’s basketball in the world, in her own hometown.
|Minnesota Lynx||6||0||1.000||–||2-0||W 6|
|Seattle Storm||4||1||0.800||1.5||0-1||W 4|
|Phoenix Mercury||3||2||0.600||2.5||2-1||W 1|
|Dallas Wings||3||2||0.600||2.5||2-2||W 1|
|Los Angeles Sparks||3||2||0.600||2.5||1-0||W 1|
|San Antonio Stars||0||6||0.000||6||0-3||L 6|