7:00 PM ET, June 24, 2012
Key Arena, Seattle, WA
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.
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 24: Noelle Quinn #45 of the Washington Mystics goes to the basket against Camille Little #20 of...
Team Stat Comparison
|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)|
|Fast Break Points||0||10|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
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