Their Olympians were better than our Olympians, Storm get pounded by #1 Lynx, lose 100-77

photo credit: Brian Kemp

Their Olympians were better than our Olympians, Storm get pounded by #1 Lynx, lose 100-77

photo credit: Brian Kemp

There is a reason why the Minnesota Lynx  (7-0) are undefeated in the WNBA this year, they came into Key Arena and took out the Seattle Storm (4-2) by a score of 100-77.  Lynx center, Sylvia Foles was unstoppable in the 1st half scoring 26 points on 10-12 shooting to put the Lynx up 64-39.

The Storm would make a good push in the 2nd half to stop the bleeding, but the damage was done as they could not overcome the undefeated WNBA powerhouse.

June 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
MIN 32 32 22 14 100
SEA 21 18 22 16 77

Rebounding was the undoing of the Storm as they found themselves out muscled out of the boards, getting out rebounded 31-15. The Lynx Simmone Augustus and Fowles would dominate the middle with 7 rebounds a piece.

“I thought we were soft in general. I thought we were soft mentally and physically, so they’re going to expose you” Storm head coach Jenny Boucek.

Night of Champions

photo credit: Brian Kemp

On the Same night that the Storm’s Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird received their Rio 2016 championship rings, was the same night that they had to face 3 of their former Team USA teammates. Lindsay Whalen, Semione Augustus, and Sylvia Fowles had dominating performances. Fowles would score 26 and pull down 7 rebounds,, but it would be the additional 13 points from Augustus and 19 from Whalen that would be the dagger in the Storm’s heart. On the night the Lynx gold medal winner would go 23-30 for 58 points.

“Obviously what makes this team so great is not just the four Olympians – which makes them great – it’s the fact that they bring in one talented player after another off the bench. You have players now who are going there to try to win championships. In a lot of ways they were the Golden State Warriors before the Golden State Warriors…they come in waves at you.”

SSU Player of the Game

photo credit: Brian Kemp

Alysha Clark came in strong this game with 6-7 shooting. She would also nail two 3-pointers in an effort to keep the Storm afloat. It may be indicative of things to come from the forward from Middle Tennessee State .  Just this last week (may 28th), Alysha would drop 22 in a win again the Indiana Fever. Point production from Clark may be just what this team needs to prop up guard Jewell Loyd, who has struggled as of late.

Standings

Team W L PCT GB STREAK
Minnesota Lynx 7 0 1.000 W 7
Seattle Storm 4 2 0.667 2.5 L 1
Los Angeles Sparks 3 2 0.600 3 W 1
Phoenix Mercury 4 3 0.571 3 L 1
Dallas Wings 3 4 0.429 4 L 2
San Antonio Stars 0 7 0.000 7 L 7

 

Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He’s a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

 

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