Published on July 13th, 2019 | by Landon Buford0
Seattle Storm Snap Home Skid With Seismic Win Vs. Dallas Wings
Sami Whitcomb opened the game by draining three early 3-point field goals. In the first ten minutes, the Storm rattled off 11 consecutive points until an Allisha Gray floater at the 5:13 mark for the Wings. The Storm tied its quarter-high with 33 points in the first period, outscoring the Wings by 20.
Mosqueda-Lewis scored eight consecutive points in the second quarter as the Storm continued to roll, and Seattle took a game-high 28-point lead late in the third period despite Glory Johnson’s eight points in the final 2:46.
After she was held scoreless in the first half, standout rookie Arike Ogunbowale poured in 23 points in the final 20 minutes. Dallas cut the lead to 10 points in the final minute, but the Wings never got any closer as Mosqueda-Lewis knocked down the final blow with seven seconds to end the Storm’s three-game home skid.
Named to her first All-Star Game on Thursday, Natasha Howard was one of five Storm players to score in double figures, finishing the night with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
KEY STATS OF THE GAME
· The Storm finished the night scoring a season-high 95 points. Five Storm players netted double digits, as the team tied a season best with 14 made 3-point field goals (6/21 vs. Los Angeles) and shot over 60% from deep for just the third time since the start of 2018.
· The Storm scored a season-high 95 points and shot above 50 percent from the field for the second time this season. The Storm’s 33 points in the first quarter was tied for its most in any frame this season (also 33 points in first quarter in 6/28 win vs. CHI).
· Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis poured in a team-high 18 points – one point shy of her career high – for her third game this season scoring in double figures. She went 7-for-11 from the field and 4-for–6 from beyond the arc, matching her career best for made 3-pointers.
· Sami Whitcomb went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, marking a season high in made 3-point field goals. She finished with 12 points, four assists and three steals.
· Jordin Canada dished out a career-high 12 assists and scored 14 points for her first career double-double. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Canada’s 12 assists are the second-most in franchise history without a turnover behind only Sue Bird’s 13 (Sept. 1, 2017 @ Washington in OT). The WNBA record for most assists without a turnover belongs to Jennifer Rizzotti (Cleveland, 6/21/2002).
· Canada also finished the evening with five steals, bringing her season total to 40 in 14 games played (17th team game). She is on pace to finish the season with 88 steals, well ahead of the current Storm record of 61 shared by Sonja Henning (2000) and Sue Bird (2006).
· Dallas established its best shooting night of the 2019 season against the Storm. Shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the three-point line.
· Glory Johnson went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, marking a season high three point shots made, this aided in her season high points of 18 on the night.
· With 14 points, Allisha Gray has eclipsed double-digit scoring figures in seven games this season and in two of the previous three Wings’ contests.
· Arike Ogunbowale also registered a double-digit point total, 23 overall. All of Ogunbowale’s 23 points came in the second half against the Storm.
· Ogunbowale’s 11 games of scoring 10 or more are the most of any WNBA rookie this season. She also has the most 20-point games. Ogunbowale has been the Wings’ leading scorer in seven contests this season.
· Glory Johnson sank a career-high four three-pointers tonight. Ogunbowale’s four from beyond the arc tied her career high set against Las Vegas.
The Storm rounds out a six-game home stand on Sunday against the New York Liberty at 4 p.m. PT, televised on JOEtv.