Despite a second half comeback, Seattle had trouble protecting the paint against the Aces
Seattle, WA- The Storm made a comeback in the second half, but too much Aja Wilson and Liz Cambage caused a problem, as the Storm was defeated by the Aces 96-80.
In the first half, the Storms' offense was stagnant and turned the ball over nine times in the half. Sue Bird was not effective on the offensive end of the floor and struggle to put the ball in the basket. Bird finished the half with no points, and 4 assists.
Seattle was getting high quality shots, but could not knock the shots down. At one point in the half, the Storm was shooting around 35% from the field and 29% from behind the arc. Before the end of the half, the Storm went on a 6-2 run to cut the Aces lead from 20 to 14 at the end of break. At the end of the half, the Aces had a 45-31 lead.
The Storm came out the gate in the second half on a 10-4 run to cut the Aces' lead to single digits with the help of Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart. Seattle's offense started to flow and it seemed like they had the Aces on their heels. Stewie was feeling herself, as she hit 11 points in the third quarter and got her team back in the game.
In the fourth quarter, Seattle had trouble stopping Liz Cambage. The Storm tried to double Cambage, as well as get the ball out of her hands, but Cambage made Seattle pay. Seattle lost confidence on the defensive side of the ball and the Aces took advantage. Eventually the Aces put the Storm to bed and escaped with a victory.
Stewart finished with 26 points, 1 assist, and 11 rebounds.