The Seattle Storm used an outstanding individual shooting performance to beat the Minnesota Lynx in the Target Center, 90-79.
Natasha Howard had been the story entering the game due to the domestic violence allegations against her. Despite this, the embattled All-Star was allowed to play against Minnesota and Howard turned in a career-high 33 points. She also recorded seven rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists.
Five of the Storm’s 12 made three-pointers came from Sami Whitcomb, a season high and just one off her career-high six threes. Whitcomb made 5-of-11 shots, with all of her shots coming from the three-point area.
The Storm opened the game up on 15-4 run and led by 10 points at the half and by 17 points after three quarters. The Lynx closed the gap to 80-79 with about six and a half minutes to play but the Storm ended the game on a 10-0 run, for the win.
Seattle certainly did not play perfectly despite shooting 52 percent and being plus-five in three-point shots made. The Storm committed 21 turnovers which Minnesota turned into 34 points. The Lynx also gathered 11 offensive rebounds, but only managed to convert them into seven second-chance points.
For Minnesota, Lexie Brown came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points. The effort marks her first double-figure scoring game since June 8, when she scored a career-best 21 points. Danielle Robinson scored 14 points and recorded a season-high 10 assists.
The Storm welcome the Las Vegas Aces to Seattle on Friday. The Aces got the best of the Storm in their last meeting. The Lynx, meanwhile, travel to Las Vegas to face the Aces on Sunday. The Lynx lost by five points at home in their first meeting this season.