Jewell Lloyd had 31 points in the Seattle Storm’s win over the Connecticut Sun 78-65. The number two offense in the league with a scoring average of 87 points per game struggled early against an active Connecticut defense. The Storm scored just 10 points in the first quarter and shot 13 of 34 (38.2 percent) from the field in the first half. But the Seattle offense got rolling in the second half. The Storm made 8 of 15 three-point attempts after the break — 11 of 25 overall — while outscoring the Sun 49-32 in the second 20 minutes. Sue Bird (17 points, five assists) combined with Lloyd for 31 points with six made threes in the second half.
Still, the Sun kept the game close with a score of 54-53 after Shekinna Stricklen made her third three-pointer of the night with 8:27 left, answering a jumper from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. A Lloyd three pushed the Storm lead to 59-53, but Jonquel Jones answered with a three to make it 59-56 with 6:45 left. That’s when Bird hit a pair of huge threes that helped push the lead to 67-58 with 5:03. A short time later, consecutive threes from Lloyd gave the Storm a 75-60 lead, and the Sun could not recover.
For the Sun, Chiney Ogwumike had a great night scoring 21 points with 12 rebounds.
The Sun now travel to Dallas to play the Wings on July 22, while the Storm travel to Atlanta to take on the Dream on July 22.
Listen to Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller’s comments after the game below.
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