Seattle's playoff run has come to a close, as the Aces defeated the Storm 97-92
Seattle- Sue Bird and the Storm's season ended in a battle for the ages against the Aces.
After letting Game 3 slip away in Overtime against the Aces, the Storm had to win Game 4 to stay alive and push for a winner take all series, as well as keep Sue Bird's chances of winning another championship intact. Seattle was very physical on both sides of the ball. You could see the Storm was very aggressive with getting the ball to Tina Charles, which made the Aces close in on her, which allowed cutters to run freely. Defensively the Storm was very active with getting into the passing lanes and had eight points off of turnovers in the first quarter.
Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd was the assassins that the Storm needed in order to weather the Aces' cutting into their lead midway in the second quarter. Both players attacked the Aces with their speed and caused havoc for them. Stewart and Loyd combined for 38 points. They needed all 38 points, because the rest of the players were having a hard time scoring buckets. Seattle was clinging to a 47-44 lead at the break.
The second half for Seattle was a grit and grind game. Seattle had a four-minute drought until Stewart got to the free throw line and hit both of her free throws. It seemed like Seattle was trying to hit the home run ball instead of looking for the open shooter to get a quality look. At the end of the third, the Storm was down 66-59, which set up for a thrilling fourth quarter. With two minutes left in regulation, both teams exchanged blows back and forth leaving everything on the floor. Seattle had opportunities down the stretch but the Storm killer in Chelsea Gray was monstrous late and ended the Storm's season.