Seattle Storm open title defense with 97-83 win over Las Vega Aces

The Seattle Storm sent a message to all the WNBA General  Managers who anointed the Aces as the best team in the league. Mind you that designation was made before a single basketball had hit the hardwood. Once the ball hit the hardwood it was Breanna Stewart who scored a game-high 28 points to remind one and all that they are still the team to beat.


The first foul of the game was on Breanna Steward less than a minute into the game and the Storm was called for another early foul thirty seconds later Vegas got another foul and rattled off a quick 7-0 run. The Storm did not panic Sue  Bird found Candice Dupree to break the 7-0 run. Dupree followed up on her own rebound and narrowed the Aces lead to 7-4. The Aces continued to move the ball up court and lead 22-14 with 3:02 left in the first. The Storm went on a 11-2 and ended the first quarter with a 27-26 lead.


In the second quarter, Seattle’s stars reigned as they dominated 22-14, with guard Sue Bird hitting back-to-back threes. The Storm finished the half up 49-40 on Las Vegas, with forward Stewart leading scoring with 10 points. 

The Storm came out of the dressing room shooting lights out reeling a 9-0 run that saw the lead balloon to 19 points on a  Katie Lou Samuelson basket with 6:53 left in the 3rd  and a 40-59  Storm lead.  The Aces stayed in the game with a 8-2 run that cut the lead to 48-61 on Ajay Wilson’s bucket with 4:41 left in the quarter. Stephanie Talbot’s three-pointer snapped the Aces momentum and a Jewell Loyd steal that turned into two free throws saw the Storm regain their composure at 49- 66.

The teams traded baskets the rest of the way and the third quarter ended with the Storm leading 57-72. Las Vegas opened the fourth quarter with four straight and outscored Seattle 26-25 in the frame, but the Storm held on to the double-digit lead for the win.


  • The Storm trailed by as many as nine in the first quarter and was down 22-14 at the 3:02 mark before an 11-2 run gave Seattle its first lead just before the end of the period. Ezi Magbegor had five of her seven points during that run while Jewell Loyd added four points.   
  • The Storm outrebounded the Aces 44-33, with Breanna Stewart pulling down 13 rebounds for Seattle. Stewart had 18 rebounds against Las Vegas in a 2020 regular-season game (8-20-20) and had 15 boards against the Aces to go along with 35 points in Game 1 of the 2020 WNBA Finals.  
  • Seattle shot 50.7% from the field (37-of-73) and made 12-of-27 (44.4%) from three-point range. Including the playoffs, the Storm shot 50% or better 12 times last year, going 12-0 in those games.  
  • With the victory, Seattle is 1-0 in the Commissioner’s Cup Western Conference standings and improves to 45-35 against Las Vegas all-time. 


  • Stewart scored a game-high 28 points and had 13 rebounds for her 36th career double-double.   
  • The Storm outscored the Aces 32-10 over a 10-minute span from the first quarter to the second quarter, turning a 22-14 deficit into a 46-32 lead with 3:02 left before the half.  



  • With her first basket of the game, Sue Bird passed Lisa Leslie and is now the seventh all-time scorer in WNBA history (6,273 points). 
  • Including the playoffs, Stewart has scored in double-digits in 18-consecutive games and has tallied 20+ points in 11 of her last 14.  
  • Sue Bird left the game briefly after making knee-to-knee contact in the fourth quarter, but returned to the game and hit her third three-pointer a few minutes later.   
  • With the win, Seattle has now won its last four-straight against the Aces, including the Finals.  


  • A’ja Wilson, the reigning MVP, led the Aces with 24 points, scoring 12 in the first quarter of the game. 
  • Liz Cambage scored 16 points with five rebounds in 19 minutes of action 
  • Aces point guard Kelsey Plum came off the bench to play a WNBA game for the first time since 2019 after sitting out 2020 due to a left Achilles surgery. Back in the city of her alma-mater University of Washington, she ended the game with 11 points and four assists in 26 minutes.

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