“She played well on both ends of the floor,” said Storm head coach and general manager Brian Agler. “She was really engaged and in a lot of ways she carried us through a lot. I’m really happy for her.”
Minnesota led by one, 48-47, with 1:57 remaining in the third quarter, and from then on out, it was all Seattle. Jumpers from Crystal Langhorne, Sue Bird and Little gave Seattle a six-point advantage heading into the final frame, up 56-50. Seattle then rattled off a 25-point fourth quarter en route to the 10-point victory, 81-71.
“We played a full game,” said Bird. “Aside from maybe two or three minutes there at the end of the fourth quarter, we were really focused, had a game plan and we executed it. We didn’t let things affect us. We didn’t get too high when we were up, we didn’t get too down when things weren’t going our way.”
Noelle Quinn notched a team-high nine rebounds and Jenna O’Hea set a new career-high, draining five three-point shots, going 5-of-6 on the night, ending with 15 points.
Little’s night was big for more than just her 31-point effort. She now has 106 consecutive starts for the Storm, tying Bird’s run of 106 (May 30, 2002-June 22, 2005), meaning her next start, projected for Sunday in Minnesota, will make her streak the longest in Storm franchise history.
Maya Moore led Minnesota with a 20-point, 10-rebound performance. Damairis Dantas added 12 points. Tonight’s 71-point effort from the Lynx, partnered with their 62-point outing on June 6, marks the lowest-scoring two games for the defending champions this season.
Seattle hits the road for the final time in June, heading east for a rematch with the Lynx in Minneapolis on Sunday, June 29 at 4:00 p.m. PDT. The team then returns home to face Los Angeles on July 3 at 7:00 p.m. PDT.