Storm can’t get an offensive spark as they lose to LA 68-60
The Los Angeles Sparks hosted the Seattle Storm in the 1st game after the All-Star break, but this would be particularly tepid performance by the green and gold as aside from Breanna Stewart, the Storm offense just couldn’t get energized.
The All-Star reserve, Stewart would hit 9-12 bucket to score 23 points, putting her 5th in the WNBA in scoring average (19.9 points per game). Stewie would also have a career high 6 blocks on the evening. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the team would go 39.6% shooting from the floor and a miserable 5-21 from 3 point range.
Center Crystal Langhorne (12) and guard Jewell Loyd (13) each scored in double digits, but it was generally tough going for everyone else.
The Sparks Candace Parker scored 14 points in the 1t half, but after halftime adjustments, the Storm limited her to just 3 points in the 2nd half.
Seattle had the opportunity to host the WNBA All-Star game at Key Arena. As is typical, no defense was played as the West won 130-121. Those in attendance got to see a plethora of celebrities including Downtown Freddie Brown, Richard Sherman, Megan Rapinoe, Bill Russell, Isaiah Thomas, and Lenny Wilkens.
“The crowd was amazing. People were excited, people have been excited about this since it was announced and they were excited to come, excited to represent Seattle,” Stewart said. “I think they wanted to show the players who flew in here for the weekend that they have an appreciation for basketball and they wanted to celebrate that.”
Seattle guard Sue Bird was the focus as this was her record tying 10th nomination for the game. Bird looked to get everyone involved with 11 assists to just 8 points. Bird should’ve had a 12th when Storm teammate and 1st time All-Star invitee Breanna Stewart whiffed on a slick pass from Bird that would’ve been an easy layup.
Just the stats
(Courtesy of Seattle Storm)
- The Sparks held the Storm to its lowest point total (60) since Sept. 13, 2015, when Seattle dropped a 59-58 decision vs. San Antonio at Key Arena.
- After giving up a 20-3 run early in the second quarter to trail by as many as 17 (39-22) with 3:35 in the frame, Seattle used a 22-3 run between the second and third quarters to take a 44-42 lead with 3:37 in the third frame after a layup by Noelle Quinn.
- Los Angeles scored 21 points off Seattle miscues, and the Sparks bench outscored the Storm’s reserves, 25-2.
- Sue Bird moved past Lauren Jackson for the most field goals in team history and she also became the eighth player in WNBA history with 600 steals.
|Los Angeles Sparks||15||6||0.714||3|
|San Antonio Stars||3||19||0.136||15.5|