The Seattle Storm defeated the Chicago Sky 75-60 Tuesday night at Seattle’s KeyArena. With her score at the 9:03 mark of the second quarter, Tina Thompson became the first player in WNBA history to reach 7,000 career points. Thompson is the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer with 7,003 points.
Additionally, the Storm’s Ann Wauters had her highest scoring output since May 18 vs. Los Angeles and led the Storm in scoring for the seventh time with 16 points; Ewelina Kobryn scored double figures for the fifth time this season with 12 points; and Sue Bird, who returned after missing three games, had eight assists in 18 minutes.
Sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman said, “We never quite recovered from the first swing that Seattle threw. I think they shot 57 percent in the first half and we never quite recovered from that. I felt we got good looks, but they didn’t go down. I felt initially in the first quarter we were reacting to things. Granted, they hit some tough shots, banked a few of them in and attacked the basket. But to get to the black and white of it, we can’t be minus 17 on the boards and have any chance of giving yourself an opportunity to have some success. We never did quite turn the corner.”
Sky Guard Epiphanny Prince added, “We came out in the first quarter and had a lot of miscues on defense and they capitalized off it. Maybe we were too anxious, I don’t know.”
Sky Forward (and former Storm teammate) Swin Cash said, “It’s a tough loss for us. We dug ourselves too far in a hole to be able to get out of against a veteran team that has players that know how to execute and have good clock management. It’s just really unfortunate for us right now.”
Regarding being back in Seattle Cash said, “It was cool – the introductions and to see the fans. But once the ball goes up, it’s game time. I appreciate the fans in Seattle and I wish them well.”