Storm forced 20 turnovers in win against Aces, 88-78
Seattle- The Storm stole the Aces pride with 20 steals in a much need victory.
Tonight, marked the first time that Tina Charles was inserted into the Storm's offense after making a deal earlier this week. Charles was inserted into the line-up very early and didn't really have that much of an impact offensively, but defensively she made it hard for the Aces to get second chance opportunities on the boards. Seattle was shooting around 45% at the end of the first, but turnovers was something that was a huge concern going into the second quarter.
Things picked up in the second, Jewell Loyd and crew pushed the pace of the game and tried to get the Aces out of sync and on their heels defensive. Mid-way in the second, the Storm went on a 8-2 run to cut the Aces lead down and was within striking distance of taking the lead at the end of the first half.
In the second half, the Storm kicked up the intensity and went on a 16-0 run coming out the gate, but their defense was lagging after they would score, which Las Vegas took advantage of. Aja Wilson and Kelsey Plum hit some crucial shots in the third to take back the lead at the end of the third. The fourth court was a grind out quarter until Loyd, Breanna Stewart, and Sue Bird went on a 10-2 run at the five minute mark of the game to put the game on ice.
Bird finished with 13 points and 6 assists
Loyd finished with 24 points and 4 assists