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Overpowering Storm severely outperfrom Mystics behind Loyd

The Seattle Storm, led by Jewell Lloyd's 26 points, cruised to a 80-51 win over the Washington Mystics on Friday night, taking full advantage of an early run.

Chris Poss - Swish Appeal

Basketball is generally a game of runs.

Sometimes you'll be on the positive side of a big run. Other times you're on the negative side. But things usually even out in the end.

Usually.

For the Washington Mystics, though, things didn't even out.

The Mystics took on the Seattle Storm in Seattle on Friday night, and just couldn't get things going. The Storm walked away with the 80-51 win, the lowest point total they've held a team all season.

The Storm jumped out in front early, going on an 11-4 run to start the game. Guard Jewell Lloyd, dominated in the opening quarter for Seattle, boosting their lead throughout the period. She dropped 14 points and went 6-of-8 from the field, giving the Storm a 25-16 lead at the end of the opening period.

The Storm kept the momentum through the second quarter, holding the Mystics to just seven points in the period. Seattle took to the locker room with an 18-point lead.

The Storm mounted an even larger lead in the third quarter, jumping up 65-42 with ease.

By the fourth quarter, the Mystics just looked defeated. They couldn't find a way to make it work. The Storm held them to just nine points in the final period, cruising to the 29-point victory.

Lloyd led the Storm with 26 points and three assists. Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart also finished in double figures for Seattle, dropping 12 and 10, respectively.

Center Emma Meesseman led the Mystics with 16 points. Guard Kahleah Copper was the only other player for Washington to hit double-figures, finishing with 12 points. The Mystics woes stemmed from a poor night from the field, where they shot just 29 percent.

Seattle is back in action on Sunday, when it hosts the Chicago Sky. The Mystics will attempt to get back on track next on Wednesday, when it hosts the New York Liberty.