“Our effort was much better especially in the beginning of the game and as the game wore on we broke down on some things defensively,” said Storm head coach Brian Agler. “I was not happy with our ten turnovers in the first half, that hurt us. We made some strides and obviously it’s not where we want to be, but we are moving in the right direction here.”
Connecticut jumped out to a slim early lead, 18-16 after the first quarter and never looked back. Taking a 33-27 lead into the locker room, the Sun was led by rookie and 2014 WNBA Draft first overall pick Chiney Ogwumike, who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
“We have to get stops, we had our chances, but we didn’t get stops when we needed too and taking care of the ball and not giving them easy points like we did in the first half,” said Langhorne. The Maryland product led the Storm with a near double-double of 15 points and seven rebounds.
Storm forward Alysha Clark was slotted into the starting lineup for the time in her three-year career, replacing veteran Noelle Quinn. Seattle has started its season 0-3 just three times prior to 2014, in 2000, 2003 and 2012.
“There is a bright side to playing again tomorrow, you can forget about this one and move on, but at the same time it’s our second pair of back-to-backs and you would like to have a day to work on some things because right away you’re playing a different team with different schemes and things change, so that would be nice,” said Storm guard Sue Bird. Bird finished with seven points.
Seattle continues its road trip Saturday, May 24, at Washington with a 4:00 p.m. PT tipoff before heading to New York and Atlanta to close out the road trip.