Crystal Langhorne Takes Seattle Past the Stars in 83-69 Win

Crystal Langhorne Takes Seattle Past the Stars in 83-69 Win

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The Storm faced some challenges even before it stepped on the court on Friday night.

Seattle would be without Ramu Tokashiki, who is with the Japanese National Team for the next four games, and Abby Bishop, who was nursing a hamstring injury. This meant the team was down to nine able bodies on the roster.

But with a full week of rest to prepare, Seattle came out firing and was led by Crystal Langhorne’s first double-double of the season as the Storm beat San Antonio 83-69.

It was the second-straight win over San Antonio and evened the season series with the Stars at 2-2.

Seattle, which had already led in the game by seven, found itself trailing after back-to-back baskets from San Antonio guard Sydney Colson to give the Stars a 16-15 lead with 2:49 left in the first.

The Storm broke out of its scoring drought when Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis hit a three to put it back on top by two. Next time down, it was Sue Bird’s turn and she drilled a three from the top of the key to go up five.

It jumpstarted a 12-0 run that carried over to the second quarter and put Seattle ahead 27-16. Bird had all 10 of her points in the first quarter.

The Stars were held to 37.5 percent from the field.

San Antonio fought back and cut the Storm lead to five in the second but Langhorne came through with two straight baskets to widen the gap to 35-26. Langhorne paced Seattle in the first half with 12.

It was the first game this season Langhorne started at the power forward position and she responded, pouring in 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, in her second 20+ point effort of the season. She went 8-for-12 from the field.

The Storm fended off the Stars in the second half as San Antonio could get no closer than eight.

Seattle had five players reach double digit scoring, including Markeisha Gatling and Jenna O’Hea who each tallied 11 points. O’Hea also collected six rebounds and five assists.

The Storm weathered 19 turnovers and held San Antonio to 38.5 percent from the field.

Seattle will wrap its weekend by taking on Washington on Sunday, at 6 p.m. at KeyArena.

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