Super basketball League: The Seattle Storm, the defending champions, were hot from beyond the arc to hurt the Washington Mystics’ postseason aspirations, while the Connecticut Sun won their eleventh straight game, the franchise’s best winning run since 2006.
The Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 105-71 on Tuesday, with Jewell Loyd scoring 20 points and Sue Bird adding 14 as the Storm breaks out of a three-point shooting slump.
Seattle Storm 71, Washington Mystics 105
Bird hit all four of her three-point attempts, and the Storm (20-10) went 10-for-14 from the field in the first half to take a 54-39 halftime lead. Loyd made three of his five three-point attempts in the contest.
For Seattle, Ezi Magbegor had 15 points, Katie Lou Samuelson had 13, and Mercedes Russell had 11.
The nimble-shooting Storm made 59.1 per cent of their shots from the field, 60.9 per cent of their three-point attempts, and 81.3 per cent of their free-throw attempts.
The Mystics were led by Shavonte Zellous (17 points), Ariel Atkins (13 points), and Megan Gustafson (12 points) (10-18). Tina Charles, the WNBA’s leading scorer, scored just four points in 25 minutes after returning from a four-game layoff due to a painful left hip.
The Connecticut Sun defeated the Dallas Wings 83-56
Brionna Jones had 18 points and ten rebounds for the Connecticut Sun, who raced to an 83-56 victory over the Dallas Wings in Arlington, Texas, thanks to a large first-half advantage.
The Sun have now won 10 games in a row, their greatest winning streak since 2006 when they won 12 games in a row. With four games remaining in the regular season, Connecticut (22-6) has clinched a single bye in the postseason and is two games ahead of the second-placed Las Vegas Aces.
Connecticut won its 16th double-digit victory of the season for the first time since August 31. This season, just half of the league’s teams have reached the 15-win mark.
Briann January and Natisha Hiedeman each scored 13 points for the Sun, who also got 11 points from Jonquel Jones and DeWanna Bonner.
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— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) September 8, 2021
Marina Mabrey led Dallas with 16 points, while Allisha Gray and Awak Kuier each added ten points. Arike Ogunbowale, the Wings’ All-Star guard and leading scorer, went 2-for-17 from the field and scored eight points, ending a 65-game string of double-digit scoring.
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