Storm lose 83-80 vs Fever, but Sue Bird moves to #9 on the all-time WNBA scoring list
Friday night, the Seattle Storm would drop a game to the Indiana Fever; however, the story of the night was Sue Bird passing DeLisha Milton-Jones on the all-time WNBA scoring leader list. With a season high 11 points on Friday, Bird would accomplish the feat on her march to hall of fame status.
Unfortunately, it would not be enough to power the Storm to the win. The Fever would get 19 points from Erica Wheeler and another 17 from Natalie Achonwa to get revenge on Seattle for a loss earlier this season when the Fever lost 94-70.
Jewell Loyd found her groove again and would lead all scorers with 25 points while Breanna Stewart would supply an additional 23.
*Notes courtesy of Seattle Storm:
Tonight’s loss ends the regular-season matchup between the Storm and the Fever, 2-1 in Seattle’s favor
• After trailing at the break, 44-39, Seattle opened the third quarter on an 11-4 run to take a 50-48 lead with 6:32 in the third. Alysha Clark had five of Seattle’s 11 points in that span. The Storm outscored the Fever, 27-17, in that frame, including 12 in the third alone
• Breanna Stewart finished with a season-high 23 points and nine boards, her third effort of 20 points or more in 2017
• Sue Bird entered the game with 5,565 career points, and with tonight’s season-high total of 11, moves into ninth all-time in WNBA history, passing DeLisha Milton-Jones (5,571 points), currently with 5,576
• Jewell Loyd finished with a game-high 25 points, the 24th-consecutive game (spanning two seasons) that she’s scored in double-figures, including all eight games in 2017. Her 25-point effort is her fourth 20+ scoring effort in 2017
• For the fourth straight contest, Alysha Clark scored in double figures with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting