The Seattle Storm started the day in fifth place in the Western Conference, but following a 79-72 win against the Stars Friday night and a Los Angeles loss in Tulsa, the team jumped two places in the standings and sits in third in the West.
“We’re starting to gel,” said Storm head coach and general manager Brian Agler. “We shot the ball the best we’ve shot it all year tonight. We usually haven’t shot it that well, but we still have a lot of things to improve on. We’re not a finished product by any means, just like all teams, we’re not any different than anybody else, everybody has a lot of things to work on right now.”
Tanisha Wright, Camille Little and Temeka Johnson all led the Seattle offense with 13 points apiece. Crystal Langhorne led the team, for the 11th time this season, in rebounds with nine. Sue Bird, who is now 10 assists away from her 2,000th career assist, had four tonight against the Stars. Johnson had a season-high seven assists and did not commit a turnover in the game.
Seattle shot an impressive 60.0 percent in the first half from the floor and ended the game at a season-high 56.9 percent, compared to San Antonio’s 41.3 percent. The Stars fell behind quickly, as the Storm jumped out to a 9-2 lead and never looked back, taking a 43-28 lead into the locker room at the break. San Antonio would go on to rally in the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run, cutting the deficit to as little as four in the closing moments.
“We had a really nice flow going,” said Bird. “San Antonio is a tough team to play against, especially on their home court, and we didn’t have much time to prepare but we just went our there and played. It’s actually been a continuation off of the last couple games.”
Stars forward Danielle Adams led all scorers with 18 points, and Stars point guard Danielle Robinson added 14. San Antonio drops to fourth place in the West.
The team wraps up a four-game road trip in Tulsa on Sunday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m. PDT before returning home to Seattle for a rematch with the Stars on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. PDT.