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After perfect trip, Storm return home to face Mystics

Field Level Media
22 Jun 2021, 11:19 GMT+10

The Seattle Storm are back home after sweeping a five-game trip over the course of eight days.

They will host another hot team, the Washington Mystics, on Tuesday in Everett, Wash. The Mystics are beginning a trip of their own after winning four of their past five games overall.

Seattle (12-2) struggled with the last-place Indiana Fever in its latest game, leading just 69-66 midway through the fourth quarter before using a 10-1 run to pull away to a 79-69 victory Thursday.

"That's what great teams do, make runs down the stretch," said Breanna Stewart, who led the Storm with game highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds. "Obviously, we wanted to play that way for 40 minutes, but to come away with another win on the road, overall we're very happy."

The Storm shot 6-for-20 from 3-point range, their second fewest shots made from beyond the arc this season.

"You would love to make every shot and have everything go your way, but that's not the reality of basketball, especially in the WNBA," said Sue Bird, who scored 13 points and was 3 of 7 from distance. On Monday, Bird was selected to play for the U.S. women's national team in the Tokyo Olympics, her fifth time on the Olympic squad.

The Mystics (6-6) also needed a late surge to pull away from the Fever in their last game, an 82-77 home victory on Saturday.

Washington trailed 67-66 midway through the fourth quarter before going on a 10-2 run to take control.

The Mystics won despite being without Myisha Hines-Allen (knee), Erica McCall (knee) and Kiara Leslie (concussion protocol).

"We don't prepare for situations like this," said Theresa Plaisance, who had 16 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. "But what you've seen come out of the situation is a very small silver lining, which is that our heart really comes through when we have our back against the wall."

The Mystics also lost Natasha Cloud after she sprained her right ankle in the first half.

"Somebody else has to step up and make plays," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said. "We don't have a choice if we want to survive."

Washington made a move Monday to shore up its battered frontcourt, signing free agent Megan Gustafson. The 6-foot-3 center played the past two seasons for the Dallas Wings, averaging 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

--Field Level Media

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