Despite a career-best 35 points from guard Jewell Loyd, the Seattle Storm’s (11-2) win streak finally came to an end Thursday night to the Indiana Fever (5-7), 90-84.
The Fever shot 44.2% from the field and made 12 three-pointers, led by Kennedy Burke’s 23 points. Behind Loyd, the Storm were led by Breanna Stewart’s 18 points and Natasha Howard’s 11.
“She was really good. She kept us hanging in there really throughout the game,” head coach Gary Kloppenburg said. “She was getting by people, driving by and finishing around the rim, she was hitting her three, she can really score.”
After a first quarter tie, the Storm fell behind in the second quarter, with the Fever shooting well over 40%, and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Kelsey Mitchell giving them a three-point lead at the half.
Indiana continued its strong play in the second half, winning the third quarter 27-22 and keeping the Storm scorers in check. Throughout the game, Seattle shot just 43.8% from the field with just five three-pointers on 23.8% from distance.
A 6-0 run midway through the final quarter cut the deficit to as low as four for the Storm, but it was too little, too late, with the Storm’s nine-game win streak finally coming to an end. “When things aren’t going our way we have to find a toughness within ourselves to fight through,” Loyd said.
- Three Storm players scored in double figures at the half. Natasha Howard (11), Breanna Stewart (10), andJewell Loyd (10).
- Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 35 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the floor with three threes. Loyd is averaging 15.3 points per game and has scored in double figures for 10 consecutive games.
- The Storm scored 28 points off of 17 Fever turnovers.
NEW YORK HIGHLIGHTS
- Kennedy Burke led the Fever with a career-high 23 points.
- Teaira McCowan got 10 rebounds, grabbing double-digit boards for the fifth time this season. Indiana won four of those five games.
- The Fever grabbed 46 boards, the most by any Storm opponent this season and a season-high for Indiana.