The Seattle Storm fell 86-63 on Tuesday afternoon at KeyArena.
“I think, watching us play today and thinking about the season up to [now], wehistorically have been a tenacious defensive team, and to get to that point you have to have a lot of pride in it, people have to take on responsibilities, and you have to hold each other accountable on those things,” said Storm head coach and general manager Brian Agler. “To do all that, you have to have the ability to practice and be in reps and go over it and over and over. We haven’t had that and I think we’re seeing that play out on the floor.”
Despite a team-high 14 points from Camille Little and 11 points and six rebounds from Crystal Langhorne, Seattle fell behind early and never was able to gain momentum. Leading by two, 19-17 with 2:39 remaining in the first quarter, the Storm were trailing 26-20 at the end of the first frame, and 39-30 at the break. The team was never able to come back within seven points of the Sun, leading to their biggest deficit as the final horn sounded, down 23 for the final score.
“It’s tough,” said Storm guard Sue Bird. “These games are tough. They’re not easy to experience, they’re not easy after the fact…you know, it’s definitely disappointing to go out there and lose by the margins that we’ve lost by in the past couple of games. It could be four or five minutes where we just let games get away from us. Once you’re down 20 it’s not impossible to come back but you make it very difficult for yourself.”
Connecticut was paced by Alex Bentley’s game-high 22 points and Kelsey Bone’s 16 points off the bench. Chiney Ogwumike added 14 points.
The team is now off for the rest of the week for the All-Star Break, and will return to Seattle for a July 22 matchup with the league-leading Phoenix Mercury at 7 p.m. PDT on ESPN2.