Seattle's offense explodes in the second half against the Liberty
Seattle, WA- The Storm's offense came alive in the second half and went on to pull out the victory over the New York liberty 99-83
The Storm needed to avoid a three skid loss to get back into the mix of fighting for first place in the West. After sitting for two games, Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird returned to the floor. The Storm came out the gate against the New York Liberty and went on a 10-4 run to grab a seven point lead early on. Seattle's lead disappeared at a snap of their fingers as Sami Whitcomb caught fire. Whitcomb was lighting it up from behind the arc and had Seattle on their heels. She finished with 16 points in the first.
After being down by nine, the Storm offense started to spread the floor and take good shots. Jewell Loyd started a 9-0 run by Seattle to cut the Liberty's lead to two at the 8 minute mark. Despite the mini-comeback by the Storm, turnovers were the headache of Seattle. The Storm had seven turnovers in the second, which lead to 10 fastback points for the Liberty. At the end of the half, the Storm was down 47-46.
Seattle buckled down defensively in the second half. They played much tighter on Whitcomb and forced her to take ill advised shots. On the offensive end, they sped up their offense and got easy buckets. Each time it seemed like the Storm would pull away, the Liberty would hit some big shots to stay within striking distance. Seattle finally got some breathing room at the end of third quarter. They went on a 12-4 run to go up double digits.
The fourth quarter was one sided, as the Storm poured it on. Bird, Stewart, and Loyd just attacked the Liberty's zone and got the shots that they wanted. The Storm went on to avoid another trap game and get back into contention for first place in the West.