Phoenix Pummels Seattle with 79-73 Pre-Season Game Lead

Phoenix Pummels Seattle with 79-73 Pre-Season Game Lead

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Kristen Mann goes up over the Mercury for shot. (Neil Enns/Storm Photos)
Kristen Mann goes up over the Mercury for shot. (Neil Enns/Storm Photos)

Crystal Langhorne led Seattle with 17 points and 7 rebounds in Thursday’s loss to the Phoenix Mercury. Langhorne fought through the end of the third quarter with a perfect 100 percent (7-for-7) from the field which was answered by DeWanna Bonner’s game-high 21 points.

The first half featured an ongoing battle between Seattle and Phoenix as Seattle shot 54 percent from the field and Phoenix went 85.7 percent from the free-throw line. Ramu Tokashiki was a spark off the bench with seven points, going 3-for-4 from the field in 10 minutes. Sue Bird had four assists and scored eight points in the first half. Brittney Griner led with eight rebounds in the first half and Langhorne followed with six. The half closed with Seattle leading 38-32.

“We’ve been working on everything; we have a lot of new pieces,” said Langhorne. “Playing in transition, playing great defense, all the little things; I think we had two really good exhibition games.”

To open the second half, Phoenix went on 7-0 run and Seattle failed to score until the 5:21 mark with a driving layup by Langhorne. Langhorne then went on to score eight points in the third quarter. Bonner came back in the fourth quarter to score 12 points for Phoenix for a total of 16 of her 21 points in the second half. Within the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, Jazmine Davis found Meighan Simmons, assisting in eight of Simmons 10 points, to keep Seattle in the game. Davis finished the game with four assists. Rookies Simmons and Davis combined for 15 of Seattle’s 22 points in the fourth quarter. Phoenix countered Seattle’s 3-for-5 on the free-throw line with their 13-for-16.

Overall, Phoenix shot 82.6 percent (19-for-23) from the free throw against Seattle’s 56.3 percent (9-for-16) and out-rebounded Seattle 38-31.

“[Preparing for the regular season] is what preseason is for, just to get out there and test some things out,” said Bird. “But these games are really to see where you are at and what you need to work on and I think we accomplished a lot.”

Seattle opens the 2015 season on June 6 vs. Los Angeles and the first 3,000 fans will receive a free Jewell Loyd t-shirt. Storm 360 Memberships, starting at $179, are still available by calling (206) 217-WNBA (9622) or by visiting StormBasketball.com.

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