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Storm sink Sun in second half

Field Level Media
05 Aug 2020, 13:40 GMT+10

After an even first half, the Seattle Storm pulled away from the Connecticut Sun over the final 20 minutes to win 87-74 on Tuesday in Bradenton, Fla.

Breanna Stewart led Seattle (4-1) with 22 points while adding five rebounds and five blocks. Sami Whitcomb (15 points), Jordin Canada (14 points), Alysha Clark (13 points) and Jewell Lloyd (12 points) also finished in double digits for the Storm.

Connecticut's DeWanna Bonner, who entered the game leading the WNBA in scoring with a 27.5-point average, finished with only five points, all in the first half.

Brionna Jones had 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting, and Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Sun (0-5). Jasmine Thomas added 11 points and seven boards.

In the first half, both teams went back-and-forth with neither able to break the game open. The biggest lead in the half was six points, when the Sun were up 8-2 about 3 1/2 minutes into the game.

Connecticut was up 19-16 at the end of the first quarter, and Seattle pulled within 40-38 going into halftime.

For the first minutes of the third quarter, the even nature of the first half continued. However, after Whitcomb hit a 25-foot 3-pointer with 2:37 left in the third to put the Storm up 52-51, the game completely changed.

Seattle went on a 12-2 run to end the third quarter up 61-53, then kept the run going in the fourth quarter. Over the first five minutes of the fourth, the Storm outscored the Sun 16-5 highlighted by three 3-pointers. By then, Seattle was up 19 and the game was out of reach.

The Storm were great from beyond the arc, shooting 11-for-21. Connecticut shot only 7-for-25 from deep.

Eleven-time All-Star Sue Bird did not play for Seattle for the second straight game due to a knee injury. In an interview during the game on ESPN, Bird said she has a bone bruise and is day-to-day, though she might not play Thursday against the Atlanta Dream. She hopes to play against Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday.

Connecticut will hope to earn its first win on Thursday against the Dallas Wings.

--Field Level Media

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