Storm continue strong play with road win over Wings

Percy Allen, The Seattle Times on

Published in Basketball

Any disappointment the Seattle Storm felt after tying for first in the Commissioner’s Cup race in the Western Conference and losing a tiebreaker that sent the Minnesota Lynx to the Cup final, quickly dissipated during Thursday’s 92-84 win against the Dallas Wings.

“At the end of the day those were games that we wanted to get better in and get those wins, but it’s not a letdown at all,” coach Noelle Quinn said. “I thought our team competed at a high level and really took the challenge of the Commissioner’s Cup.

“We tried our hardest to get there, but no disappointment though. I like the way in which we are playing basketball.”

The Storm, which finished 4-1 in Cup games, missed out on a chance at winning the $500,000 prize purse that goes to the Cup champion, but they’ve won eight of their past nine games and improved to 9-4 — tied for their best fourth start in franchise history.

“The Commissioner’s Cup was just kind of like a side street,” Quinn said. “The main goal is always to compete at a high level. The big picture is always in sight for me as a coach. What I preach, teach and emphasize is the next biggest game is the next game — the one in front of us.”

In workman-like fashion, the Storm slowly distanced themselves from the Wings and held on in the final minutes thanks to a balanced attack led by Skylar Diggins-Smith, who finished with 21 points, six assists and three steals.


Jewell Loyd had 19 points, six assists and four steals while Nneka Ogwumike added 17 points, six rebounds and two steals. Ezi Magbegor tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks and Jordan Horston chipped in 10 points.

The Storm had too much firepower which overcame a dynamic offensive display from Arike Ogunbowale, the WNBA’s second-leading scorer, who had a game-high 24 points.

Teaira McCowan added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Maddy Siegrist had 16 points for Dallas (3-8), which lost its sixth straight game.

The Storm head to Phoenix on Sunday for the second game in their three-game road trip.


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