The Seattle Storm continued to struggle shooting the ball, resulting in a 94-70 road loss to the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday. On the nigh,t the Lynx outshot Seattle 53% to 38%, and also dominated the Storm on the boards 39-21.
The Storm began the game answering the star-studded Lynx blow-for-blow, tying the game four times in the early going. By the end of the first quarter, however, the Lynx began to pull away leading 19-11 after the first period.
The second and third quarters saw the lead balloon out of control, as Minnesota used a balanced scoring attack led by the game-high 15 points of Tricia Liston, to build a 69-48 advantage entering the final period.
In the 4th the Storm managed to put 22 points on the board but were still outscored by three as Minnesota produced 25 points in the quarter to secure the 24 point victory.
"Sometimes there's going to be games like this, but we're really focused on putting in a style of play that we want to take into the next one, two, three, four, five-years and beyond," said Sue Bird, who led the Storm with 12 points and six assists.
"Does anyone like losing by this much? No. But we're trying to do things to set the foundation for the future. There's going to be some lumps along the way for sure, but we played the best team in the league."
An interesting change to the Storm lineup came in the form of Alysha Clark starting instead of Jewell Loyd. While it could be inferred that it was due to Clark being a better defender against reigning MVP Maya Moore, or that it might be the result of Loyd's 0-10 shooting against Tulsa, Storm coach Jenny Boucek says neither were the case.
"She hasn't done anything wrong," said Boucek. "It's just that she felt like maybe it would be helpful to watch some veterans a little bit and that's what we did."
One positive the Storm will take away is the continued balanced production. All 10 players who played contributed at least four points and, despite hitting only 24 of 63 shots, the Storm had 19 assists. Only three fewer than Minnesota who converted 11 more field goals.
Seattle (1-2) next plays Sunday at LA
Minnesota (3-0) next plays Sunday at Phoenix