By:Amir Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
Madison Garden, NY-Breanna Stewart led the Storm (22-7) with 32 points and 9 rebounds to beat the Liberty (7-21) 96-80 at the “World Famous Arena” on children’s day. Jewell Loyd chipped in 17 points and kept NY at bay with her timely jumpers throughout the game.
WNBA-leading Seattle Storm closed the game on a 26-8 run, the Liberty didn’t help their cause turning the ball over ten times in that run.
The Liberty ended the third quarter on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to three, then jumped out to a 74-72 lead with 5:55 to play in the fourth. However, they wouldn’t score again until the 2:15 mark and Seattle pulled away for good with the excellent guard of Sue Bird.
Head coach Katie Smith discussed the Liberty’s effort. “I thought we battled today. Obviously for three quarters we were in the ballgame. We missed some shots, turned the ball over, and they started to get hot. We turned the ball over a bunch and it resulted in a number of buckets for them.”
Seattle pushed the tempo in the fourth and it made the defense looked confused. The Storm crisp passing and their ability to cut to the basket without the ball was the big difference in the final quarter.
“Traveling has been tough but as pro you have to deal with it. The Liberty played well today and pushed us for 4 quarters. The difference of the game we have a lot of experience here, most of our players been here for 3 years or more and that helps your team with chemistry. It is difficult to develop that we have a lot different players that you haven’t play with before.” Seattle Storm Sue Bird said.
Kia Nurse made the first start of her career in the game, and the rookie from UConn got off to a quick start, scoring nine first quarter points. She finish with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists for the game, the third highest output of her career.
“It does not really matter to me whether I start or come off the bench. It was a next man up kind of thing, and I approached it the same way I always do. I brought the same energy and tried to be aggressive.” Nurse said.
Tina Charles chipped in 20 points for the game, her 13th game this season reaching the 20-point benchmark. The forward also snatched six rebounds. Coming off the Liberty bench, Amanda Zahui B finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds (a new career-high), notching her first career double-double. Six of her rebounds came on the offensive side.
Next up, they face the Los Angeles Sparks at the Westchester County Center on Wednesday. The matchup is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. (ET).