Stewie named player of the week, but Langhorne unstoppable as Storm down Dream
The Seattle Storm have positioned themselves to get back to .500 before the All-Star break, and a combined effort from center Crystal Langhorne and forward Breanna Stewart would see the Green and Gold win 90-84 over the Atlanta Dream.
The game appeared to be a runaway win for the Storm early on as an Alysha Clark 3 pointer would put Seattle up 27-15 in the 1st quarter. The Dream would battle back off of strong performances by a dynamic duo of Layshia Clarendon and Bria Holmes. Their defensive prowess limited the Storm to a mere 7 points in the final 5 minutes of the 2nd quarter allowing the Dream to cut the lead to 2 points at halftime, 45-43.
Crystal Langhorne would find herself taking over on both the offensive and defensive side of the court as she would spark a four point turnaround in the 3rd quarter that would regain the lead that had whittled away at. Six points in 3 possessions established dominance in the paint, and on defense Langhorne menaced the opposition, diverting shot after shot. The Storm stymied Atlanta’s offense and made free throws down the stretch when it counted, ending the game on a 21-10 run and collecting a 90-84 win.
Center Crystal Langhorne is usually overshadowed by stars on the team such as Stewart, Jewel Loyd, and Sue Bird. Not tonight! Langhorne was an unstoppable force with an 18 -18 shooting clip that just cant be ignored. The 90-84 win over Atlanta on July 15, she shot 9-for-9 for a season best 20 points. She has set the franchise record for most consecutive field goals and she’s made 18 straight field goals in her last three contests. She needs to make six more in a row to break Nneka Ogwumike’s (Los Angeles) streak of 23 set between June 7-14 of 2016.
— WNBA (@WNBA) July 17, 2017
For the 2nd time in her career, Breanna Stewart has been selected as the WNBA’s Player Of the Week (POW). The 2nd year forward out of UCONN helped the Strom to a win on Saturday and had a fine performance earlier in the week in a losing effort against Connecticut. Stewie as key to a second-half comeback against the Dream by racking up 24 points, 9 rebounds and a career-high 6 assists.
Breanna has been averaging close to a double-double in her last 6 games with 24 points and 9.7 rebound per game in the last 6 games.
Stewart has 6 double-doubles, 27 blocks, 17 steals, and 40 assists so far. Breanna was last year’s WNBA Rookie of the Year also earning All-WNBA Second Team honors. She needs just 30 more points to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.
.@bre_stewart30 earns second career WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week honor! Congrats Stewie!
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) July 17, 2017
Point guard Sue Bird was just named to here 10th WNBA All-Star game, this ties her with Tamika Catchings and had it not been for last year’s Olympics (cancelling the All-Star game) she may have eclipsed Tamika’s record. Bird earned the honor this last week, after passing 2,500 career assists, the 16-year veteran needs only 74 dimes to pass Ticha Penicheiro and become the league’s all-time assist leader. Bird led the league in assists per game in 2016, dishing out 5.8 on her way to the WNBA Peak Performer award.
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