The Seattle Storm fell to the Minnesota Lynx 75-60 Saturday night at KeyArena. The Lynx are now one win away from clinching the best record in the Western Conference, guaranteeing Minnesota the first seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Seattle fell behind by seven in the first quarter, but battled back and played Minnesota even in the second quarter, with each team scoring 19 points in the second period. The Storm trailed by only seven at halftime, holding Maya Moore to just 1-7 shooting and two points in the first half.
It was a game of runs, as Seattle put together a few bursts to chip in to the Minnesota lead, but the Lynx locked down on the defensive end and built its lead to as many as 18 in the fourth quarter. Seattle was outrebounded 40-29.
Minnesota was led by 19 points from Rebekkah Brunson and 14 points from Seimone Augustus. Moore added 11 points, while Janel McCarville hauled down 10 rebounds.
Seattle was led by Tanisha Wright with 22 points, a season high, and eight rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen added 12 points, while Temeka Johnson had five rebounds.
The Storm has a quick turnaround as it takes on Minnesota again on Tuesday, September 10 at 7 p.m., followed by a road game against Tulsa on Thursday, September 12. Seattle will finish out the regular season at home against Tulsa on Saturday, September 14, which will be Tina Thompson’s final regular-season home game of her WNBA career.