A Jewell Loyd moon shot with .5 seconds hit nothing but net as time expired to give the Seattle Storm (7-1) an improbable 105- 102 overtime win over the Dallas Wings (2-5). The improbable buzzer beater by Loyd who had a game high 25 points saw the Storm extend their win streak to four consecutive games. The Storm are now 5-1 on the season and 2-0 against the Wings. The Storm recorded a 100-97 overtime win at Dallas on May 22nd.
The Wings get the ball down the court and run is similar to the Storms transition fast break style so it’s no wonder every time the two teams play the result is a sprint fest from end to end. In addition to Loyd four players scored over twenty points. Reigning Western Conference Player of the Month for May Breanna Stewart scored 23 points and Stephanie Talbot chipped in 21 points. Marina Mabrey scored 24 points to lead the Wings in scoring and Arike Ogunbowale had 22 points. The duo were the only Wings players to score over 20 points
When the teams played in Dallas last month, it was a Loyd 3-pointer with 11.8 seconds left in regulation that ultimately set up Jordin Canada’s game-tying shot to force overtime. Loyd finished that game with 25 points.
Last Sept. 4 in Bradenton, Florida, Loyd pulled off similar last-second heroics. That one was a late-season contest against the Los Angeles Sparks, and the Storm was down 89-87 – again, with eight-tenths of a second left. Sue Bird inbounded to Loyd, and Loyd drained a trey from the left corner for a 90-87 triumph.
On Friday, Seattle had a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter, 92-82. But Dallas (2-5) outscored the Storm by a 14-4 margin the rest of the way.
The Wings thought they had a 97-96 lead when Satou Sabally hit a shot from the top of the key with 6.9 seconds left. But after the officials reviewed it, the shot was ruled a 2-pointer, leaving it tied at 96-96. In those final seconds, Seattle had two shots, one of them right under the hoop by Stewart that was blocked by Sabally, and Dallas had one, which Talbot blocked.
The Storm scored the initial basket of overtime in a lay-in by Mercedes Russell for a 98-96 lead. But they were not on top again until Loyd’s buzzer-beater, The Wings had leads of 100-98 and 102-100. Friday’s game counted toward the Commissioner’s Cup. The Storm are now 5-0 in Cup games.