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Storm Clinches No. 1 Seed with 85-77 Sway Liberty

The Seattle Storm removed the New York Liberty 85-77 on Friday night to protect home court advantage throughout the playoffs and improve its record to 25-8 on the frontrunner Breanna Stewart blazed a trail for the Tornado with 22 points and 15 rebounds, notching her 9th double-double of the period. Stewart additionally scored her 2000th-career point on the evening, currently resting 2, 004 factors in her third WNBA Bird tallied 13 factors, six assists and 5 rebounds for the Tornado, while Natasha Howard broke in 12 factors and 8 minutes
After Seattle led the entire initial fifty percent, the Liberty ignited in the third and took its first lead of the video game at 4:24 left in the 3rd at 54-52. The Tornado really did not panic, however, and answered by rattling off a 10-2 run to recover the lead going into the fourth at 62-58. Seattle and New York traded the lead back and forth up until about the Tornado placed with each other a 16-2 go to expand its lead to 15 with simply under four mins remaining. The Storm held the Liberty to simply 2 points over a span of five mins. New York couldn't muster an additional run in the last mins, eventually causing the Storm ' TAKE
Head train Dan Hughes felt his group had the ability to retreat late due to his group's boosted defense and sphere protection."I think we had the ability to defensively select it up a notch and not turn the round over. We had issues transforming it over, and we valued the round down the stretch so we got more efficient."NOTESSeattle has secured home court advantage throughout the 2018 WNBA Championship. The only other season that Seattle went into the postseason as the # 1 general seed was 2010, the very same year the group won its second WNBA Seattle's very first made three-pointer, the Tornado broke the WNBA's single-season document for 3's. The previous document was Phoenix az, attained in 2007. Seattle now has 296 on the a 22-point performance tonight, Stewart broke her own single-season franchise record for 20-plus point video games, making her 22nd Her previous document was 21, attained in 2017. Stewart's 15 rebounds, integrated with her 22 points, mark her 9th double-double this season, 30th of her 22 points this evening, Stewart, that has actually scored 727 factors this season and needs to rack up 12 factors on Sunday vs. Dallas to match the franchise business's single-season scoring document, currently held by Lauren , who entered today's video game averaging 22.0 PPG, second-best in the organization, racked up 22 points. She got to the 2, 000-point plateau with a totally free throw at the 6:05 mark of the fourth quarter and is the fourth-fastest and second-youngest WNBA gamer to attain this 's 85-77 win tonight clinches the Tornado's perfect bounce-back record. The Tornado did not lose back-to-back games in 2018, the only WNBA team to accomplish that feat in 2018 and the fifth team to do so all-time in WNBA history. Seattle set a franchise business document for factors racked up. With one game remaining, the Tornado has actually racked up 2, 872 factors. The Storm established a WNBA document for three-point area objectives made in a season with 296. UP NEXT
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on April 22 at 10:25 PM

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