Mystics 55

(2-8, 0-5 away)

Storm 72

(5-7, 4-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, June 24, 2012

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 11 9 17 1855
    SEA 15 16 21 2072

    Top Performers

    Washington: C. Langhorne 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Seattle: A. Wauters 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast

    Ann Wauters leads balanced attack as Storm win fourth straight

    Associated Press

    SEATTLE -- Ann Wauters had 14 points and seven rebounds to help the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 72-55 on Sunday for their fourth consecutive victory after a 1-7 start.

    Sue Bird added 14 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Storm (5-7).

    Crystal Langhorne led Washington (2-8) with 21 points. Matee Ajavon added 11, and Noelle Quinn had 10.

    Seattle never trailed again after Bird hit a free throw to put the Storm up 10-9 with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter. Bird threw a no-look pass in the fourth quarter that a rolling Ewelina Kobryn put in while being fouled. Kobryn's made free throw put the Storm in front 64-46 and ended doubt about the result.

    Bird hit a jumper to close the third quarter and push Seattle in front 52-37. The Mystics' 17 third-quarter points almost matched their 20-point output in the first half. But, it still wasn't enough to get back into the game.

    Seattle led 31-20 at the half after an efficient second quarter during which it shot 54.5 percent. Washington's 20 points were the fewest Seattle allowed in a half this season. The Mystics, now 0-5 on the road, scored just nine points in the second period, shooting 4 for 19 from the field. The Storm played zone for a portion of the quarter, which forced the Mystics' offense to become stagnant. Washington shot several deep jump shots with little time remaining on the shot clock.

    A 3-pointer from Bird and a layup by Camille Little pushed the Storm in front 28-18 in the second quarter, forcing a Washington timeout.

    Seattle called a timeout with 6:17 left in the first quarter to discuss the dysfunction that led to an early 7-2 lead for the Mystics. A 13-2 Storm run followed. Wauters hit a jumper, Little drove and scored, and Bird hit a 3-pointer. The blitz continued when Tina Thompson scored in the lane and rookie Shekinna Stricklen hit a jumper.

    Washington stopped the onslaught with a jumper from Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton.

    Seattle led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter.

    Former Storm player Ashley Robinson returned to Seattle for the first time since being traded to Washington in the offseason. Robinson received a nice ovation when she checked in with 6:45 remaining in the second quarter and scored two points in just four minutes on the floor.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Washington Seattle
    Points 55 72
    FG Made-Attempted 22-62 (35.484) 27-48 (56.250)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 5-12 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-10 (50.000) 13-17 (76.471)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-29 2-23
    Assists 17 19
    Turnovers 8 12
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 2 0
    Fast Break Points 0 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 16 (0/0)