Bird, Loyd Bring It Home for Seattle with San Antonio Win
It has been a process for the young Seattle Storm team and they got to reap the rewards on Sunday night.
After watching a 10-point lead be wiped away in the fourth quarter, the Storm battled back and were led by Jewell Loyd and Sue Bird as it was able to pull away for the 72-63 win over San Antonio.
Storm Head Coach Jenny Boucek said, “We’ve had a lot of close games this year and it comes down to having the confidence to make plays because it’s not always going to go like it’s drawn up or predicted. We’re starting to have players make more plays. I thought we had several down the stretch.”
The win snapped a short two-game slide and moved the Storm within two games of Los Angeles for the fourth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
With San Antonio leading 37-34 with 8:28 in the third, it was the pair of Ramu Tokashiki and Loyd that took over the game.
Loyd said, “It’s definitely a team effort. We won this one, we came down had great veterans who have been in this position before and their motivation and their leadership helped us finish this game.”
“Jewell was definitely on point,” said Bird. “Whether it be having to guard one of the better players on their team, on offense being the aggressor for us. If I had to pick a play that was the most important, it was when she kind of tried to do that reverse layup but by hitting the rim, it got us a new shot clock, Tok was able to get the rebound, and that was a big possession. I don’t know if we scored on the next play but it was huge just to be able to use another 24 seconds in our favor. That just shows you her activity, her nose for the ball.