With superstars Russell Wilson and Ciara in attendance, Seattle Storm rookie put on her own superstar performance deserving of an encore, as she led the Storm past the San Antonio Stars.
Seattle, WA — The first half defined a back and forth battle as neither team led by more than five. In total, there were six ties and 13 lead changes over the first 20 minutes of action.
Seattle used a balanced attack in which eight players scored to counteract the first half brilliance of San Antonio star guard Kayla McBride, who poured in 17 of her game high 19 points in just under 17 first half minutes.
The Storm literally shot the lights out in the first half hitting 46.6% from the floor. The performance litteraly caused the power in Key Arena to go out at halftime.
In the third, Seattle would ferociously attack San Antonio. Led by an outstanding performance from Jewell Loyd, who put on a dazzling performance with two major celebrities in attendance: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his girlfriend, singer/entertainer Ciara. The Storm would outscore San Antonio 19-10 in the period, to take an eight-point lead into the final 10 minutes.
The fourth would see the Stars answer, getting off to a 10-2 run to tie the game at 55 with just under 6 minutes to go forcing a Seattle timeout.
Seattle would respond, outscoring the Stars 17-8 the rest of the way. Sue Bird would hit a dagger three with less than 40 seconds to go would put the game out of reach.
Three Storm players scored in double figures led by Loyd with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. Bird and Tokashiki each added 13 with Bird adding five assists and Tokshiki adding nine rebounds.
Four Stars reached double figures in the losing effort led by the 19 of McBride. The other San Antonio players reaching double digits were Jayne Appel with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jia Perkins and Danielle Robinson added 11.