The Seattle Storm lost its third consecutive game to the Minnesota Lynx, falling 73-60 at KeyArena Tuesday night. All three losses have been by double-digit margins. The Seattle loss and Minnesota win locked the Western Conference playoff seeding, meaning the teams will play a first-round playoff series for the second consecutive season.
The Storm played nearly even with Minnesota in the first quarter, trailing 17-14. Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen had nine of the Lynx points in the quarter, hitting all three of her shots from the field.
Minnesota used a strong second quarter to pull away from the Storm, outscoring Seattle 23-14 in the quarter and entered halftime with a 40-28 lead.
Tanisha Wright led the Storm for the second consecutive game with 14 points. Noelle Quinn grabbed eight rebounds to lead Seattle. Alysha Clark scored nine points off of the bench, connecting on a career-high three 3-pointers. Tina Thompson had three assists, reaching 800 for her career, and scored five points.
Maya Moore led the way for the Lynx and scored a game-high 20 points and had a season high five steals. Whalen totaled 19 points and had seven rebounds and four assists, all in 21 minutes.
The Storm will finish the season with two consecutive games against the Tulsa Shock, with the first on Thursday, September 12 at 5 p.m. in Tulsa. Seattle then returns home to wrap up the season against the Shock on Saturday, September 14 at 7 p.m., which will be Tina Thompson’s final regular-season home game of her WNBA career.
Seattle will host the second game in the first round of the playoffs at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, September 21 or Sunday, September 22.