A hot shooting first quarter saw the Seattle Storm (10-2) win its third consecutive road victory with an impressive 89-66 over the Connecticut (8-3) . As good as the Storm were on the offensive end it was their defense that stifled the Sun .
Quick ball movement, tenacious defense, and lights-out shooting saw the Storm end the first quarter with 25-16 lead. Another nine straight points during a 3½-minute stretch midway through the second quarter helped Seattle take a 38-22 lead. It never dipped below double digits the rest of the way, as Connecticut came no closer than 14. The last time was a 64-50 early in the fourth, but the Storm essentially put the game out of reach by scoring the next seven points.
A determined, alert and hungry Storm squad never relented and handed the Sun their first loss at home . Brenna Steward scored a game high 22 points in what was a homecoming game Sue Bird, Katie Lou Samuelson and Stewart. All three players played college basketball at University of Connecticut.
STORM DEFENSIVE SUPERIORITY
The much anticipated matchup between two of the WNBA ‘s top offensive squads never materialized. Going into the game was number two in the league with a 105.5 and the Sun right behind with 105.2 rating. The Sun was missing top scorer Jonquel Jones who was representing Bosnia-Herzegovina at the 2021 EuroBasket tournament. The Storm’s continued focus on improvement on the defensive end is paying off off. Seattle has the best WNBA defensive ranking in the last six games. The 66 points scored by the Sun was a season low output by an opponent .
The Storm will finish their nomadic five games in eight days road trip with a pair of games against Indiana. The first of the two will be on Tuesday at 5:00pm PST.