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Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington Attendance: 3,011
Storm seek end to mini-slump as Dream visit
The Seattle Storm welcome the Atlanta Dream to Everett, Wash., on Friday night, looking to end a two-game losing skid and keep the pace atop the WNBA standings.
Reigning champion Seattle (12-4) slipped into a tie with Las Vegas for first place after dropping consecutive games to the Washington Mystics on June 22 and to the Aces on Tuesday. The two defeats followed a five-game winning streak and an 11-1 stretch victories for the Storm.
Breanna Stewart posted 35 points and 11 rebounds in the 95-92 overtime loss at Las Vegas but said afterward, "It obviously wasn't enough."
The Storm were outscored 7-2 in the final 1:05 of overtime after Stewart missed a pair of mid-range looks in the final 2.1 seconds of regulation that would have won it.
"The execution was there, but just couldn't buy a bucket in that juncture of the game," Storm coach Noelle Quinn said, according to the Seattle Times.
While Seattle's last time out marked the extension of a brief losing streak, Atlanta (6-9) stopped its own skid at three games with a 73-69 defeat of the New York Liberty on Tuesday.
The Dream played lock-down defense in the second and fourth quarters, holding the Liberty to just nine and 11 points, respectively.
"When you're checking the best player, you don't have time to be nervous," Atlanta's Crystal Bradford said in her postgame interview with Bally's Sports.
"When you're up on the floor, you've just got to be ready. And our defense today, our intensity today was the difference-maker."
The win over New York marked a welcomed departure from the season-long trend for Atlanta, which comes into Friday's contest giving up 87 points per game, second most in the WNBA.
Seattle, meanwhile, is scoring 88.1 points per game, second only to Las Vegas' 91.8. Stewart's average of 21.8 points per game is second among all WNBA players, behind only Washington's Tina Charles (25.5 ppg). Stewart is adding 10.1 rebounds per game, second to the 10.9 of Connecticut's Jonquel Jones.
Jewell Loyd's 18.6 points per game complement Stewart's offense, giving Atlanta a pair of primary scoring threats to handle.
The Dream re-added their own double-figure scorer in Chennedy Carter last week after she missed almost a month due to a hyperextended elbow. However, her return to the lineup coincides with the absence of Tiffany Hayes, a 17.6-points-per-game scorer who is out for at least a month due to a torn medial collateral ligament.
--Field Level Media
Updated July 1, 2021