After losing their season opener at home, the WNBA Seattle Storm headed on the road to once again face off with the Phoenix Mercury.
The Mercury (2-1) had defeated the Storm in that home opener but Seattle (1-1) gave back what it got as they handed Phoenix a 87-71 defeat at the Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix.
It was a balanced attack as a team with a dominating performance by Jewell Loyd. Loyd, scored 29 points giving her 29 20+ point games in her career, five against the Mercury. Three of those games have been 30+ points and all came against Phoenix.
The game saw the Storm get behind early by 11 points but they outscored Phoenix 44-20 to close out the first half and take a 46-33 lead into the lockerroom.
Seattle moved the ball well, dominating the boards for the second game in a row and brought their shot percentage up.
The Storm, after out-rebounding Phoenix in their home opener loss 37 to 28 kept the board domination going as they grabbed 33 rebounds to the Mercury’s 23 in the win.
After shooting 46.7 on Sunday they ended Wednesday’s win shooting 61.8 from the floor and 96.7 at the foul line which saw them make 22 foul shots to 11 for Phoenix.
Seattle saw forward Alysha Clark score 16 points and guard Sue Bird score double figures for the second game in a row as she garnered 11 points.
The Storm look to take this momentum back home as they take on the Chicago Sky (2-1) at 7 pm on Friday, May 25.
The Sky, and former Storm guard Allie Quigley, are coming off an 81-63 loss to the Atlanta Dream on May 23. Quigley leads Chicago in scoring averaging 18 points a game this season.
The game will also feature the first visit by Chicago’s first round picks of the 2018 draft. Chicago had the third pick in the draft which they used on guard Diamond DeShields formerly of Tennessee and the fourth pick where they choose forward Gabby Williams of UCONN. Both are expected to be in the starting five.
In 2017 Seattle held a 2-1 series lead but last beat Chicago in Seattle 9/18/2016. In all three games last year the road team took the win.
As the Storm work for that next win there’s a team record on the line as Bird, who last year became the WNBA All-Time assist leader, is four steals away from moving into the sixth spot in WNBA career steals.
Bird started the season with 617 steals in eighth place overall. She took three from the Mercury over their two-game series moving her past former WNBA player DeLisha Milton-Jones into seventh and three steals away from retired player Katie Douglas in sixth place.
Friday’s game includes a pre-game kick-off of Bloodworks Northwest’s Pint-for-Pint blood drive. The blood drive will run from May 25 through August 15 at donor centers and for fans who donate they’ll receive Storm tickets and a beer voucher.
At the kick-off before the Seattle/Chicago game the first 50 who donate will receive an autographed Sue Bird bobblehead. The drive will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The Storm versus Sky game starts at 7 pm Friday, May 25 at KeyArena in Seattle.