Breanna Stewart scored a game-high 36 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and blocked five shots to lead the Seattle Storm to a gritty 100-97 overtime win over the Dallas Wings. Jewell Loyd scored 25points, pulled eight rebounds dished out six assists and Jodina Canada scored 14 clutch bench points. The win over a scrappy, determined and feisty Dallas team completes a two-game undefeated road swing for the Storm.
CHANGE IN STRATEGY
Normally a three-point shooting team the Storm flipped the script by attacking the lane in search of free throws. The strategy paid off as the Storm led 27-23 after the one-quarter of play for the first time all season.
A determined Wings team lead by Arike Ogunbowale who finished with a team-high 28 points outscored the Storm 22 to 17 in the second quarter to take a 45-44 halftime lead. The Storm took control of the third quarter as Loyd and Stuart scored 17 of the teams 22 points. Seattle started the fourth quarter with a 66-61 lead.
The Storm looked to be in command of the game with a 77-70 lead with 5:24 left in the 4th. Ogunbowale spearheaded a 15-4 Wings run that had Dallas leading 85-81 with 19.7 left in the game. A three-pointer by Loyd with 11.8 saw the Storm cut the lead to just one point. The Wings Kaylor Thornton made one of two free throws and opened the door for Canada’s game-tying layup with 4.4 seconds left in the game.
STEWART LEADS THE OT CHARGE
In extra period it was all Stewart as she scored eight of the Storms 14 points as the Storm prevailed 100-97.
- Stewart scored 36 points today in her 125th career game, becoming the youngest player to score 2,500 career points and 1,000 rebounds. She moves ahead of 2021 Hall of Famer and Storm great Lauren Jackson for the fastest to reach the milestone, after LJ did it in 136 games. In addition, she becomes the fourth-fastest to tally 2,500 career points and the fastest in Storm franchise history.
- The 36 points were two off her career high and were the most scored in a WNBA game this year and third-highest point total in Storm history. In addition, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 36 points were the most the most points scored by a player in a game in which she also scored her 2500th career point. (Previous best was 31 by Lisa Leslie on July 28, 2001 at Portland)
- Seattle held an early nine-point lead in the first quarter but Dallas fought back and neither team held a lead of more than five the rest of the way. There were 14 lead changes and nine ties in the game.